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September 25, 2003

GoDaddy Suing Verisign--DNS primer

Got an email from GoDaddy (who I use to register and manage a couple of domains) this evening explaining in pretty good layman’s terms why they have decided to sue Verisign–also recently known affectionately as VeriSlime. In a nutshell they are suing Verisign over the “SiteFinder” service which as they (rightfully) claim misdirects, misleads, costs ecommerce and visitor supported sites and damages attempts to combat spam. GoDaddy has a separate suit to stop the Verisign Wait Listing Service, another highly controversial scam that Verisign has been operating. I really wish ICANN had more enforcement powers or sharper teeth. Well actually I wish we had followed the vision of Jon Postel.

GoDaddy’s press release and the actual legal complaint are PDF and available here.
For some commentary on the “SiteFinder” hijacking scheme:

Someone recently asked me in an email why the big deal over the Verisign tactics. I’ll address that in an essay(rant) this weekend.

Posted by Eric at September 25, 2003 07:22 AM | TrackBack
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