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    January 17th, 2005
    Sure many may have received this same email I just got, but for those who didn't, this might be of interest for you.

    Dear Valued Go Daddy Customer,

    Have you ever needed to ask for directions while you were driving? Let's say you stopped to ask a trusted authority, like a police officer.

    You'd expect that officer to be honest, right? Wouldn't you expect him or her to provide you a safe, direct route to where you needed to go? I sure would.

    But what if that officer instead misdirected you to a shopping mall? A shopping mall, it turns out, that actually paid the officer for every sale that resulted?

    That would be an abuse of the police officer's authority. It would be capitalizing on your misfortune.

    We believe that's what VeriSign is doing with its "Site Finder" marketing scheme. We believe that it is once again abusing the power to oversee all .com and .net domains it was granted by the U.S. government.

    Go Daddy is now suing in federal court to stop them.

    Here's how VeriSign's scheme can affect you:
    It will misdirect you from your intended destination and even mislead you about its status. If you type any .com or .net address into your browser that isn't already registered, VeriSign hijacks you — and sends you to an advertising page that they own. This can occur even when you type in a site that is registered, but is not displaying temporarily.

    Used to be, if you made a mistake in typing an address – which is the usual reason for not finding a site – you would see either a "404" error page, or a help page that your browser would generate. Now though, VeriSign has hijacked this entire process and puts up a paid-advertising page, the so-called Site Finder.

    It will cost you money. Advertisers pay VeriSign to position links to their services that look similar to the misspelled address. And that means you may well find your way to a competitor, rather than to your intended destination. Simply navigating on the Internet will be more frustrating and more expensive for consumers. Companies will be forced to purchase every imaginable misspelling of their names to prevent their customers from being hijacked by Site Finder, and the cost will be passed on to you. To VeriSign, of course, these forced domain registrations just mean more revenue.

    It will mean more spam headed for your inbox. Internet Service Providers (ISPs) across the globe have committed valuable time and resources to developing systems that prevent spam from reaching your mailbox. One of the more successful methods checks to see whether the domain name of the inbound email resolves to an actual Web site. If it doesn't, that means the domain is fake, so your ISP doesn't let it through. Now, though, spammers can use any phony domains they want, because all fake domains will "resolve" to the Site Finder page!

    Go Daddy's spam filter, Spam Xploder™, will not be affected because it uses Bayesian filtering technology, instead of relying on the DNS servers, to determine if email is spam or not.
    We at Go Daddy feel that Site Finder amounts to an abuse; that VeriSign is misusing its registry position to gain unfair advantage over the entire Internet community. And as we did in 2002, when we sued VeriSign over its renewal scam, we're determined to stop it.

    We're asking a Federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction that will halt this. If you feel, as we do, that VeriSign is once again inappropriately capitalizing on its position of authority, we urge you to email VeriSign and ICANN and let them know.

    Thank you for your attention and support on this matter.."click hereto review our press release and legal complaint.

    As always, thanks for being a Go Daddy customer.


    Bob Parsons

    "The most successful con artist will have you believing he is the most ethical person you will ever know

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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    Sue the the Ad Whores at Network Solutions/Verisign and then get ICANN to pull their monopoly over those .com, .net and .org domains as a breach of trust.

    Mike & Charlie ...

    If they won't adopt and feed a bird ..flip them one! BBQ some Gator and remember to flush WhenU..

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    Full Member ronwls's Avatar
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    I was curious as to what the Verisign Site finder was. I have been getting some traffic sent to my site from them and I have not paid for any advertising from Verisign

    I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. - Bill Cosby

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    Very interesting


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    ShareASale President/CEO and ABW Veteran Brian - ShareASale's Avatar
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    January 18th, 2005
    i think verisign suspended it/delayed it, etc... in order to converse with "the industry"...


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    That is what I had heard too, however, just this morning I entered a url incorrectly and it still came up. I thought they were going to stop it pending the outcome of ICANN's decision.

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    It is making them too much money to even stop for a single day. Plus they log everything....

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    Verisign refused to suspend the service is a very condescending letter to ICANN.

    See for all the latest.

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    The said thing is the above is actually too true

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