[linux-elitists] The last straw [VeriSign]

Karsten M. Self kmself@ix.netcom.com
Wed Sep 17 21:37:03 PDT 2003


on Thu, Sep 18, 2003 at 11:03:18AM +1000, Martin Pool (mbp@sourcefrog.net) wrote:
> On 17 Sep 2003 Aaron Lehmann <aaronl@vitelus.com> wrote:
> 
> > I'm very upset about the latest prank they decided to pull.
> > Conventional wisdom would indicate that there's nothing I can do and
> > changes are only going to be further downhill from here.
> 
> Possibly of interest to armchair lawyers:
> 
> According to Verisign's catch-all web page, by mistyping a domain
> name, you are using their "service" and accepting their "terms of
> service".  In particular, you indemnify Verisign against various
> liabilities, and you give away certain privacy rights.  Since from
> Verisign's point of view you now have an existing business
> relationship, some people might argue they now have a right to spam
> you under certain anti-spam laws.
> 
> I would quote their text, except that their server is now not
> responding.  (And there's another interesting failure mode: "host does
> not exist" is replaced by a potentially very long TCP timeout.)
> 
> In the past, people who said "by reading this licence, you agree to pay me
> $100" were usually joking...

Hrm....

    lynx \
    http://www.by-serving-this-domain-you-agree-to-pay-me-one-hundred-us-dollars-per-page-viewed.com/


More fun could be had with HTTP headers.

Peace.

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