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Network Solutions sued for Poaching Domains

According to the suit and Network Solutions internal policies, after a customer searches for a .com domain on Network Solutions’ web site, the domain would be "purchased" by Network Solutions. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) established a grace period, whereby consumers could purchase a top level domain name (TLD), and return the domain within five days fo purchase, establishing a domain name purchase grace period.

This grace period has been exploited by registrars, who purchase TLDs to measure their profitablity, only to return the ones that are less profitable.

Network Solution calls its policy a “consumer protection measure,” and claims it is necessary to prevent customers from losing prospective domains to “front-runners,” who monitor domain search logs and quickly buy up searched domain names for themselves, hoping to sell them back to their original searchers.

Once purchased by Network Solutions, the domains can then cost as much as $34.99, or any price Network Solutions deems appropriate. The temporary purchasing of the domain forces users, for a period of four days, to purchase their domain through Network Solutions and at the inflated price..

FCC Questions Comcast and Verizon

The FCC is questioning Comcast and Verizion Wireless in response to allegations of blocking certain types of traffic and certain traffic patterns.  In specific, there have been several complaints that Comcast is blocking peer to peer traffic.  Verizon Wireless's inquiry seeks to resolve an issue relating to text messaging, and that text messsages are governed and protected under anti-discrimination proviiosn of Title II of the Communications Act.

There is also a public notice requesting a rulemaking from the FCC, constituting what is considered "Reasonable network management" by broadband network operators.

MPAA Violates GPL

Last month, the MPAA began sending out a "university oolkit" to several universities across the US. These toolkits monitor network traffic and created graphs and charts showing the prevalence of file sharing across the school networks. The toolkits were built upon open source software that is licensed under the GPL. After the MPAA refused requests to disclose the code, one of the coders filed a DMCA notice demanding that the toolkit be taken down.