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    UDRP's reversed? Trademark Law Breached | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 14 comments | Search Discussion
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    by RFassett on Tuesday September 30 2003, @05:36AM (#12333)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    if I seek to find www.budweiser.beer using IE (as most use), I am directed to Microsft's search page...try mcdonalds.bigmac...same result. ford.cars...same result. And here is an interesting one: try delta.faucet and delta.airlines...ok, so I can switch browsers...No, I am not a technologist so I must be stupid...but, in the end, what's the diff for the average user of the browser line? What has ever been the diff here? MSN search simply re-directs "new TLD's" that "do-no-exist" (for its own financial gain)...How is this different to Verisign typo's at the second level? Verisign is more of a monopolist than Microsoft? Someone had better inform the USG...budweiser.beer must be a typo because it is not registered, would be the logic...so, let's just continue to pretend it "does-not-exist" regardless of response to user query from MSN search.

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    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday September 30 2003, @06:09AM (#12335)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    I can, and do, turn of the Internet Exploder "search" function - there's a nice little checkbox labeled "Do not search from the address bar" under Tools | Internet_Options | Advanced. Individual users can set this, and companies that chose to do so can set it as on a bulk basis for their users.

    There is no way to turn off Sitefinder.

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    by RFassett on Tuesday September 30 2003, @06:20AM (#12337)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    this topic was about "breach of trademark" and "trademark infringement" in conjunction with the use of domain names, particularly those that "do-not-exist". The query result to the user is identical while understanding that the path from point A to point B functions entirely differently. I will admit that if MSN search did not have something like 80%+ market share, the effect to trademark owners would not be as material...sort of like how .com has 80%+ market share except where the latter is being well protected.
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