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    GoDaddy sues Verisign over Sitefinder | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 6 comments | Search Discussion
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    Business vs. Technical Arguments
    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Monday September 22 2003, @02:34PM (#12276)
    User #36 Info | http://onthenet.ambler.net/
    My take on this: Ambler On The Net [ambler.net].

    Ambler On The Net [ambler.net]

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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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    Verisign direct porn mistypes to my site
    by WIPOorgUK on Tuesday September 23 2003, @01:38AM (#12285)
    User #3146 Info | http://wipo.org.uk/
    People wrongly typing in a porn site name are given my personal family site (Skilful.com) by Verisign. It contains picture of one of my daughters - and eventually will have more of the rest of family - so this is not the sort of traffic I want.

    http://sitefinder.verisign.com/lpc?url=www,skilful hands.com&host=www,skilfulhands.com

    I wrote about this on forum.icann.org/offtopic - Chris Ambler also saw this as an undesired effect of mistypes - so put it on onthenet.ambler.net

    Chris had a reply (from webspit) - so thought I better responsed to it right here, just in case there are others with a similar line of thought to him.

    It is waste of time replying direct (at onthenet.ambler.net), it can be seen webspit will not likely have the intelligence to understand - and will start flaming.

    He says, "some irresponsible parent put a photo of his daughter on the net then he shouldn't moan when the inevitable happens and pervs start drooling over it. Would he allow his daughter to walk around a mental institution for convicted sex offenders without any protection? If not then why expose her to the internet? Having said that I don't think he's a lot to worry about she looks a bit bland and has the brain-dead look of they typical arts student.".

    We can see from the insults whom the brain-dead person is.

    Objective response:

    Had I put pictures of my daughter on a porn site then he might have a point.

    Had I used porn name for my website then he might have a point.

    Had I used porn type meta tags then he might have a point.

    Had I registered on search engines as a porn site then he might have a point.

    etc. etc.

    He has no point at all.

    A proud father places pictures of his daughters on the web for the world to see - and webspit says I should not complain when Verisign sends a load of w*nk*rs to have a look.

    Is there anybody else of this sick view?
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