De Amerikaanse provider America OnLine (AOL) heeft zomaar een domeinnaam van een 16 jarige jongen gestolen, zo meldt Observers. AOLBeta.com is laatst op mysterieuze wijze van eigenaar gewisseld. Precies één dag nadat de tiener het domein legaal geregistreerd had, bleek het ineens in handen te zijn van AOL. De jongen is van plan een rechtzaak aan te spannen tegen America OnLine:
The latest owner of AOLBeta.com has lost the domain to America Online, adding to a list of problems with this domain. 16 year old Nickolas Grove registered the domain AOLBeta.com on August 20 after seeing the domain was free to purchase.
Nickolas started noticing trouble on August 30 when he had trouble uploading his completed webpage, which took him over a week to construct. After contacting his web hosting provider, it was determined that the DNS (Domain Name Server) settings were incorrect. America Online had simply transferred the domain to their ICANN Registrar, therefore pulling any control that Nickolas had of the domain, regardless of the fact that the domain was not paid for by AOL.[break]Dit was trouwens niet de eerste keer dat AOL op deze manier in de publiciteit stond. Al eerder verloor een Amerikaanse vrouw haar domeinnaam AOLSearch.com aan de provider:[/break]This story is in line with recent fears that AOL can simply take domains they want. This case is almost a mirror image of what happened earlier this year when the domain "aolsearch.com" magically became transferred to AOL. The site actually had nothing to do with AOL, it was a "clearinghouse for sites about African-American issues and culture." Many people have voiced concerns that America Online can simply steal any domain they want. Nickolas remarks, "AOL’s lack of willingness to help and sheer fact that they stole a domain name that I rightfully owned shows exactly what happens when companies become as large as AOL is. AOL’s merger with Time Warner can only make this occurrence more the normal. Taking AOL’s advice I am looking to settle this with “an attorney.”