DOMAIN Registrar, Network Solutions has been accused of registering names automatically whenever someone searches for them.
The move means that punters who then want the name have to approach Network Solutions for the domain name rather than any other registrar.
DomainState.com claims that a random domain which DNN searches whoranovermybadger.com is suddenly made unavailable to register at other registrars. At Network Solutions it can still be bought.
The theory is that when you do a search, the domain is 'purchased' by Network Solutions and held for the grace people of five days and then handed back. This does not cost Network Solutions a bean.
It apparently also owns a few trademark doman names such as microsoft-dell.com and ibm-microsoft-dell.com.
It does not appear in breach of the domain name rules although it might be considered a bit dodgy and falls under the 'not very nice' category.
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