May 18 2009

DNS redirection is not a crime

Published by at 5:56 am under Humor

I haven’t had much time or energy to write lately, so I thought I’d get back into the groove with something light (or is that lite?) to start with.

Lawyers for Alaska Governor and ex Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin have taken exception with the owner of the domain name crackho.com for redirecting her domain to the Governor’s own web site.  Apparently they have a) little or no sense of humor and b) absolutely no understanding of how DNS works.  And they’re really slow to catch on to this since the site’s been redirected to their site since some time last year.  The lawyers have sent a cease-and-desist order, claiming that the redirection was a copyright violation.  The reality that this was redirecting traffic to the Governors site and all content was being hosted by the official site seems to have escaped the lawyer’s notice. 

Sometimes it’s easier to walk away from the issue when lawyers get involved, which is apparently what the owner of crackho.com decided to do.  Of course, she left a nice picture of  Governor Palin with some interesting commentary.

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One Response to “DNS redirection is not a crime”

  1. T.Robon 18 May 2009 at 6:14 am

    In this instance I’d agree with you. But what about the increasingly common practice of redirecting 404 errors to an advertising page? Recent reports state that the newer Linksys firmware is now redirecting 404 errors to an ad farm. When your ISP does this, they bury it in the TOS and you’ve implicitly agreed to it. Not exactly “informed consent”, but consent nonetheless. I wonder how well Linksys explains the practice in the license for the firmware upgrade. I haven’t had a chance to look yet but if they fail to tell you, it would seem to rise to the level of a DMCA circumvention violation, if nothing else.

    So buying a domain and redirecting it is probably protected free speech.

    Redirecting DNS at the DNS server, inside your router or at your ISP? Evil, evil, evil. If it’s not a crime, then it should be.

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