AC/DC become masters of their domain
Now featuring more Angus and less anus
After years of trying, Australian power rockers AC/DC have finally obtained acdc.com from a porn company that used the site to redirect many an unwitting fan to sites offering filthy photos of bondage, water sports and other types of kink.
With song titles including "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap," "Sin City" and "Touch Too Much," the band's lineup is hardly one to blush at a little skin. But as the years have passed - the band was formed in 1973, according to this bio from the All Music Guide - its fan base ironically comprises more and more teens.
"The young fans are so net savvy it's the first thing they do," label manager Sam Horsburgh told News.com.au. "The push to get it back came predominantly because they knew there were a lot of younger fans coming through."
"Feel free to visit us from work, school or, for long-time visitors to the site, from the usual privacy of your basement," a statement issued by band members said.
Domain name whois records for the site were most recently updated on October 4. The site change coincides with the release of Plug Me In, a five-disc DVD of live concert footage. ®
re: domain "tasters"
System is pretty much correct there. Domain Registrars typically allow a couple of days grace period when a domain is registered, usually to allow for corrections of typo's etc, whereby you can get a refund on a domain.
You'll increasingly find that recently expired domain names - especially dot coms - will be automatically registered for this grace period and set up on a 'search site'. If any traffic hits the site in the couple of days they're allowed to own it within the free-refund grace period, they'll keep it...if not, they'll refund it.
I know this happens - because of a problem swapping registrars, I lost a couple of domain names recently - both were instantly re-registered, but only the busy one stayed registered - I was able to re-register the other myself once they found out it generated no traffic.
The only thing wrong with System's explanation is that it's not usually typo domain names that will encounter the search site - these particular sites are purposefully registered - usually as soon as the correct and legitimate spelling is - to effectively capture all those with fat fingers and/or bad spelling. For the most part, it's automated and speculative 'recently expired' domains at suffer the grace period registrations.
Personally, I think there shouldn't be such an easy way to 'taste' domains - most reputable registrars ask you to confirm your purchases at least once before you buy a domain, so an easy commit / uncommit procedure only leads to a flurry of pointless registrations - it only really benefits those who want to see what will make a quick profit for them without the commitment.
I believe it refers to people/registrars mass registering domain names for a grace period (5 days) before deleting the ones that get very few hits (for a refund) and keeping those with a lot of traffic.
Every time you make a typo and end up at one of those "search" sites full of ads, that'd be the work of "tasters".
Re: Re: Cybersquatting
Thanks for the clarifications Anonymous. Makes sense, just out of curiosity what are domain tasters?