Been to YouTube? Get Ready for a Lawsuit

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It seems that the judge presiding over the federal court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Louis L. Stanton has made one of the most idiotic decisions in the history of the internet. And guess who’s gonna take the flak? That’s right, it’s you.

Judge Stanton has ordered Google to give Viacom all of the IP addresses of any user who has ever viewed YouTube videos on the massively popular video sharing site. If Viacom is looking for such data, it’s obvious that they want to go after the people who’ve watched their videos, and will very likely take legal action. If you want more information about this horrible decision check out a much more detailed story over at Mashable.

Network Solutions and ICANN Being Sued

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One of the sneakiest internet marketing ploys out there is domain tasting. This is a practice that will let someone register a domain name for 5 days, and if they decide that they don’t want it anymore, they’ll drop it.

A domain taster will usually set up some ads or something on the site and see what potential the site has for revenue. If it looks good, they’ll keep it, otherwise, it’s back to the registrar. This practice makes it very hard for a legitimate domain purchaser to find the URL that they are interested in and if you’ve ever searched for a domain and found it taken, it’s likely that it was released just a few days later.

Well, another Search Engine Marketer has had enough with this practice and aims to eliminate the 5-day grace period. Chris McElroy, or NameCritic, has initiated a class-action lawsuit against Network Solutions and ICANN over this controversial, and just plain annoying practice. If you are a blackhat SEO, you might not be too happy about this though. I wonder how this one will turn out.

Here’s the press release from the law firm taking the case.