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    I like your suggestion
    by KarlAuerbach on Thursday September 25 2003, @06:05PM (#12301)
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    Your suggestion makes a lot of sense.

    If one looks at the totality of what a domain name registrant typically wants when he/she/it buys a domain name, it is the fact that a person out here on the world-wide-web will find a web server via a DNS A record under the registered name. And that is precisely what Verisign has granted to itself with SiteFinder.

    Yes, there are other aspects of domain name ownership - such as the ability to establish TXT records or NAPTR records - but those are small-potatoes kinds of aspects as compared to the huge aspect of the A record.

    Thus I would agree that for all intents and purposes, at least as measured by the dominant portion of internet users and domain name customers, Verisign has become the effective owner of the domain name.

    By-the-way, a good example of a typo would be to use "www.go0gle.com - with the second letter "o" changed to the digit zero. What makes this example interesting is that Verisign is presenting a search page, not unlike that offered by Google itself, to customers who mistype Google's name. In that case it would seem that Verisign could be said to be pawing itself as if it is Google.
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    Re:I like your suggestion
    by jimrutt on Friday September 26 2003, @07:37AM (#12302)
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    Poor analysis. Sitefinder does not constitute cybersquating. Anyone that wants to can register any of those names.

    As to your example, how is Google harmed by go0gle.com being routed to Sitefinder rather than getting a "not found"? Indeed at least at the margin google benefits, since, Sitefinder will likely provide a "do you mean"?" link, marginally increasing the tendency of the user to go on to Google rather than just quit.

    Sitefinder is a clever creation of value from hithertofore virgin territory. To the explorer goes the spoils!

    ===================== been there, done that
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