02|25|2008 04:07 pm EDT
UPDATE : Within minutes of running this story we are receiving reports that the http://www.Nigger.com page has been taken down, while http://nigger.com may still be up. I’m guessing DNS will propogate throughout the day and this page will no longer show by day’s end.
Nigger.com, a domain name containing likely of one of the most controversial and overtly racist words in the English language is currently owned by the NAACP. The domain name which was likely set by the organization to not resolve has been “taken over” by the domain registrar Network Solutions.Â Digg this story
The domain name registrar, like most registrars, takes over control of domain names that do not resolve to a working DNS and displays advertisement links on a “parked page”. Typically the sites display advertising or information pertaining to the topic and optimized based on the keywords used in the domain name. In the case of Nigger.com the “parked page” is currently displaying among other things an image of predominantly white teens smiling and links to “Funny Black Jokes” and “Ethnic Jokes”. Click on the image above to see the full screen grab.
The “hijacking” of this domain name is an example of what has become a standard practice for registrars in taking over control of domain names within their system that are not being used. The obvious misuse in this case clearly exhibits a disregard for any common decency in an attempt to “money grab” any and all domain name traffic. Other examples of this “take over” policy border on illegal such as the example of the domain name TimexWatches.com. Network Solutions takes over this domain name and clearly is displaying and profiting from links to advertisements infringing on the Timex brand. The name happens to be owned by Timex Corporation, and they are likely as unaware of the misuse of this domain name as the NAACP is of the misuse of their domain name.
The Nigger.com and TimexWatches.com domain names are a clear example of why registrars should not be allowed to take control of the content of a domain name simply because the DNS was not resolving. There isn’t a shadow of a doubt that the mission of the NAACP does not coincide with the displaying of ads promoting racist jokes and NSI should be in no position to control or profit from what is displayed on this domain.
Network Solutions should be ashamed of themselves and should pay all money made from the advertisements on this domain name (and then some) to the NAACP. Digg this story