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    budweiser.beer
    by RFassett on Tuesday September 30 2003, @06:36AM (#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.

    Ray
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    Mistypes and competion
    by Anonymous on Tuesday September 30 2003, @12:21PM (#12341)
    What's worse is mistyping a trademarked name and having the competition served up in the search results

    Perhaps I mistype a well known online travel company and get the sitefinder page. If I click the "travel" link at the bottom, I may or may not find the original company I was looking for in the search results that are displayed.

    Translation: LOST SALES

    Hard to believe the more advertisers are not complaining about this!
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    National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958.
    by Anonymous on Wednesday October 01 2003, @04:29AM (#12343)
    if you type into your browser www.shuttle-nasa.com or nasa-sucks.com it would redirect back to verisigns site finder. I believe this violates the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958.

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    http://www.hq.nasa.gov/ogc/spaceact.html
    National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958.
    MISUSE OF AGENCY NAME AND INITIALS
    Sec. 311. (a) No person (as defined by section 305) may (1) knowingly use the words ^”National Aeronautics and Space Administration^‘ or the letters ^”NASA^‘, or any combination, variation, or colorable imitation of those words or letters either alone or in combination with other words or letters, as a firm or business name in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such firm or business has some connection with, endorsement of, or authorization from, the National Aeronautics and Space Ad ministration which does not, in fact, exist; or (2) knowingly use those words or letters or any combination, variation, or colorable imitation
    thereof either alone or in combination with other words or letters in connection with any product or service being offered or made available to
    the public in a manner reasonably calculated to convey the impression that such product or service has the authorization, support, sponsorship, or endorsement of, or the development, use, or manufacture by or on behalf of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration which does not, in fact, exist.
    (b) Whenever it appears to the Attorney General that any person is engaged in an act or practice which constitutes or will constitute conduct
    prohibited by subsection (a), the Attorney General may initiate a civil proceeding in a district court of the United States to enjoin such act or practice.
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    In 1997 Nasa used this act to shutdown nasa.com back in 1997. http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,5325,00. html
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