back to article Verisign sues Google's new love-interest .XYZ for a second time

Verisign is up to its old tricks again, having sued, the owner of the .xyz registry a second time. Barely a day after got a boost when Alphabet, Google's new parent company, set up shop at, details emerged of a suit filed by Verisign against, its CEO Daniel Negari, and CentralNic,'s back …

  1. DeanSt

    Shabby Verisign

    Verisign are on the ropes, trying to flex their once gloss all American brand. It's Verisign that is tarnishing their name and openen the weakness card for com

  2. Will Godfrey Silver badge


    Some brown envelopes will change hands. A couple of Verisign execs will resign 'for family reasons'. Later they will quietly appear on the ICAAN board. ICAAN will decided that .com is so important that all alternative TLDs have to go through a more detailed (slower and expensive) examination process

  3. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    I can't imagine who would NOT want to walk away from Verisign. Getting it in a contract that you MUST sure would be relaxing.

  4. Chris Evans


    Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you!

    1. MD Rackham

      Re: Paranoid

      Just because they're out to get you doesn't meant they aren't right.

  5. x 7 Silver badge

    So why does XYZ call itself Given the circumstances you'd think their website - and advertising name - would be

    1. Grikath Silver badge

      Because "you need a .com to be taken seriously as a business" is as yet a valid statement. The fact that .com will be losing its effective business monopoly in the near future does not change the facts as they are here-and-now. And Alphabet, despite its pedigree, still has to play the Game in that respect.

  6. ratfox Silver badge

    I hope Verisign is forced to pay for their opponents' lawyers.

    That should really be mandatory when a massive corporation loses a groundless lawsuit against a much smaller business.

    1. John Savard Silver badge

      Indeed, but better yet, the courts should simply throw out the suit at the earliest stage with prejudice so that the plaintiffs are spared having to pay lawyers in the first place.

  7. James 100

    Cornering people as a business model

    I've never liked Verisign's approach in general - like getting Microsoft to force developers to use their code-signing certificates, rather than equally valid but cheaper ones from their many competitors. To me, that alone is reason enough to avoid dealing with them in any other situation: I'm heartened to hear it seems others feel the same way.

  8. something_or_another

    Versign=SymantSUX=Who Gives a Fuck?!?

    Nothing more to say.

  9. Ian 55

    Dot Com doomed?

    Says who? Apart from anyone connected with .whotypesthiscrapin domains?

    Obviously Verisign are problematic to put it mildly, but billions have been spent by companies on their .com brands.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    alphabet is a stupid name is a really stupid name

    Donuts is an even more stupid name

    I'm not sure what that says about the tech industry. Perhaps it just says I'm getting too old.

  11. willer

    will is kinda not serious, child name, hard to accept unless your are on 9gags

  12. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

    The dominance, or the unquestioning?

    the days of .com's unquestioned dominance are all but over

    They are? Who aside from hipsters and idiots is actually taking gTLDs seriously? Sure, Larry and Sergey grabbed a .xyz for their new toy, and Larry in particular has some kind of fetish for gTLDs; but that's no guarantee that serious businesses will be deserting the .com TLD in droves.

    The land rush for gTLDs thus far is clearly speculation, and largely unsuccessful speculation at that. All signs suggest the vast majority of Internet users neither know nor care what gTLDs are, and many of the people who do know what they are find them annoying.

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