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    Registrars could be damaged by sitefinder
    by Anonymous on Monday September 22 2003, @06:46PM (#12278)
    A business owner has a local business named Phoenix Used Auto Parts. Customers keep asking him if he has a website. He decides that having his business on the web is long over due. Since he is relatively new to the internet, chances are that he has never heard of a "registrar" let alone the "whois".

    (Sound like someone you know?)

    He has internet access and has done a little surfing. Because of his keen observation and the fact that he has not been living in a cave for the last couple of years, he has come to the realization that companies are generally located on the web at "www.companyname.com"

    He decides that the most logical address on the web for his company would be www.PhoenixUsedAutoParts.com and so he proceeds to type in www.PhoenixUsedAutoParts.com into his browser's address bar to make sure someone else has not already taken that web address.

    (Most of my customers did the very same thing when initially looking for a domain name)

    Unknown to him, the domain name is not registered to anyone, however upon typing in the web address, he notices that a page has been displayed: http://sitefinder.verisign.com/lpc?url=www.Phoenix UsedAutoParts.com&host=www.PhoenixUsedAutoParts.co m

    Keep in mind that he is new to the internet. He assumes that someone must be using this address already since a page with graphics, text and links is located there. At this point he may give up in frustration (translation: a registrar has lost revenue) or somewhere in the far reaches of his mind he may remember that a company called Verisign sells domain names. After all, it is starring him right in the face at the bottom of the page. He types in Verisign.com and what do you know, you can register domain names right there! How convenient!

    This can't possibly be fair to the other ICANN accredited registrars.
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