AOL accused of domain name hijacking
Posted by Hemos on Thursday June 24, @11:05AM EDT
the no-now-its'-ours dept. Michael
us an interesting story
about AOL using trademark leverage on African-America
which had been registered in Sept of 1998 as aolsearch.
AOL wanted to use it as the search location for their web
although it does not seem to be currently in use. The
of the domain is accusing of Network Solutions of "an
indifferent attitude" to the problems surrounding the
on Slashdot.org News........
From Internet.com June 23rd,
in New York claims she's the victim of reverse domain-name
Cybele Emanuelle, owner of WebmasterFX
Digital Systems said she
domain aolsearch.com back
in September of 1998 and subsequently built a site at that
Emanuelle, aolsearch.com was a guide to "the best of black
& empowerment on the net" and got positive reviews from many
Unfortunately for Emanuelle, her site stood in the way of
by AOL to
launch a new search engine covering both the Web and its
content. The big online service is currently previewing AOL
subscribers, and recently announced plans to launch it
later this fall, using technology from Inktomi
Last April, Emanuelle received a notice
by e-mail from an attorney
representing America Online, accusing her of violating AOL's
rights and demanding that she transfer the aolsearch.com
she refused, Emanuelle heard little else on the matter, until
receiving an automatically generated e-mail template from Network
last May 13th asking her approval for a request to transfer her
America Online. Emanuelle immediately contacted NSI to stop the
transfer and to ask for an explanation.
"I talked with people there, including the legal department, who
my account and assured me I had nothing to worry about. (They
didn't give your approval, so everything's fine.'"
One week later, however, the URL aolsearch.com stopped working,
Emanuelle's site went dark. According to internic records, the
become the property of America Online Inc.
Emanuelle has since gone looking for answers from Network
Department of Commerce, which oversees NSI's contract with the
NSI has said that it properly followed its domain dispute policy
unable to notify Emanuelle of the transfer because hard copy
to the mailing address in her registration record were returned as
undeliverable . Emanuelle disputes that explanation, saying she
successfully received other NSI correspondence, including
address, and is considering a legal challenge.
" I invested a lot of time and energy into this. I wasn't
cybersquatting. And to have this done and have an arrogant,
attitude from Network Solutions makes my blood boil."