Huge Settlement Upheld in Verizon Domain Squatting Case

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bloodgain

I agree with this judge's ruling -- a rare event in technology-based court cases.  Domain squatters are malignant tumors on the Internet.  They violate the premise of domain names and the registrar system. I'm sure they did some damage to Verizon, though I'm not so sure it was over $30M worth.  I hope this serves as an example to other squatters.

I'm sure I'm biased, since Future Media Architects (a name that belies the company's goals) has been parking a domain I've been trying to get my hands on for years, all in the name of pointing it to a keyword-advertised search page.  It isn't some impossible-to-get 3, 4, or 5 letter domain, but a domain that might not have been otherwise registered.  At the very least, it may have been registered by someone willing to negotiate its sale.

Domain squatters are evil and deserve to be bankrupted.

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comptech08

so what exactly did onlineNic do?

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nightkiller

It owned domains that included the trademarked name Verizon or it reasonable variation that were of no benefit to OnlineNIC other than to collect click revenue based on input from a clueless public. If you are in sympathy with OnlineNIC, I suggest a donation via PayPal. They'll need your support.

 

You choose a flightless bird as a mascot and wonder why it doesn't take off?

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comptech08

Okay that is what I was thought, just wondered what domains.  I hate that.  MaxPC has a couple where if I forget one letter it goes to a ad page.

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nightkiller

...add it as a link to your browser or have Google do the searching for the on a public PC? My typing skills ain't so hot either and it annoys me too.

You choose a flightless bird as a mascot and wonder why it doesn't take off?

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