With all the talk about cash for clunkers program, Comcast just released a product that will give it “Cash For Typos.”
According to PcWorld.com, Comcast will direct all non resolving page requests that formerly went to a “sorry this page cannot be found” type page, to a Yahoo landing page.
We call it Cash For Typo’s
Domain Helper, the only thing its going to help is Comcast, to some cash for typos.
We know that this the vast majority of the traffic is going to be meant for trademarked domains.
Which means that overnight, Comcast is going to become one of the world’s largest Cybersquatters.
Of course many ISP’s have been doing the same thing for years.
Many of these same ISP, like Verizon, which will vigorously prosecute “cybersquatters” for infringing on their properties, but think nothing over serving up a landing page for a typo of a trademark, full of ads and stick the money in their pocket.
Of course this is an indefensible policy, hypocrisy at its worst.
Comcast would without a doubt sue, or bring a WIPO action if someone registered Comcastt.com (they own this one) if it served up ads for Comcast.
How can Comcast justify making money off of someone typing in “gooogle.com” into a browser and getting a landing page of relevant results?
ISP’s shouldn’t be allowed to do what a domainer can’t.
I haven’t seen an exception for ISP’s in any trademark law I’ve ever read.
Class action lawyers, where are you on this one?