by Mike Masnick
Thu, Oct 25th 2007 12:25am
Last year, we wrote about some reports that various domain name lookup sites were actually scams designed to register the domains you wanted. What people were noticing was that they would do a search on a domain name and find it was available. Then, a day later, they'd go back to register it and find it was taken. That could be a coincidence, but it was happening so often, that some people began to suspect foul play -- and that some whois sites were either registering the domains themselves, or selling their search lists to speculators who were hoping to buy up the domains and then flip them to people who were upset about missing out on them while they were available. It only took a year and a half or so of complaints, but ICANN has finally decided this might be a problem worth investigating. What's slightly odd about the investigation, though, is that the comments make it sound like ICANN is most worried that people think this is happening -- rather than whether or not it's actually happening. That is, they're quite concerned that there's a perception out there that this happens. They might get further not worrying so much about perception and just focusing on what's actually going on.
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- FCC: Comcast Routinely Charges Customers For Hardware, Services Never Ordered
- Judge Says No Way To Attorneys General Looking To Block IANA Transition
- Ridiculously Stupid: 4 State Attorneys General File Totally Bogus Lawsuit Against Internet Transition
- Bogus Defamation Lawsuit Using Fake Plaintiff And Defendant Challenged By Public Citizen
- Another Court Says Law Enforcement Officers Don't Really Need To Know The Laws They're Enforcing