We all get what we deserve. Let me tell you a very real story. A domain registration company that had no choice but to register domains through Networksolutions when there was no alternative, switched to Register.com when Networksolutions lost its monopoly. NetworkSolutions was after the company to give them their encryption domains such as EncryptionSolutions, EncryptionSoftware, EncryptionWare, dCertificates (all coms, nets & orgs) plus a list of other encryption and digital certificate domains and their InterNICregistration domains. The company wasn't interested in splitting up their generic domain list as they were in the market to sell the whole company as a package.
Register.com hit the ground running with the best agreement on the market
(high paying) and this company joined their affiliate program. Once they
changed to register.com -- the phones started ringing and untraceable callers
would say "you should be with netsol or you're going to have problems."
This company I am referring to, took this lightly except that one day in
March, within a few hours of receiving their last "mystery call," the DOC
sent the company a cease and desist letter claiming they were trademark
infringing on the word InterNIC.
Register.com didn't do anything to help this partner that generated millions
of dollars worth of revenue for them. During the dispute, register.com took
the partners best affiliate site down without reason other than threats from
the doc. This site did over 3000 domain registrations monthly as a partner.
To further insult the situation the partenr one day sent a letter to
register.com complaining - and the email was answered by the DOC lawyer!
Now this partner has moved to better and bigger business partners and wishes
register.com well in their defense, but says Register.com should have
defended their affiliate site instead of going along with the DOC and done
the right thing by their affiliate partner.
Currently, register.com and networksolutions.com are both facing their
chinese character domain wall. VeriSign didn't get a license or approval from
China's ICANN equivalent (the Ministry of Information Industry) and went
ahead and registered Chinese-character domains without a license from that
agency. Needless to say, that office rejected their 800,000 domain name
Now, the former "abandoned" affiliate partner that both these companies
screwed, has gone on to greener pastures by partnering with a China based
Internet Consultancy so that any domains registered through their site are
automatically approved for use in China (whether they're Chinese-character or
not) by the same agency that rejected all of VeriSign's and Register.com's.
Like I said, we all get what we deserve.