Verisign just called Domain Investing a “questionable practice” – I want to fly to Virginia to understand why the sudden change in positioning


I was absolutely blown away when I read the following quote on Domain Name Wire yesterday, the source was a blog post by Verisign themselves, in it they say:

“Flipping domain names or warehousing them to create scarcity adds nothing to the industry and merely allows those engaged in this questionable practice to enrich themselves at the expense of consumers and businesses.” (Source – Official Verisign Blog)

Given that Verisign has had a presence at just about every single domain investing conference I’ve been to I find this quote and change in positioning to be incredibly confusing. What I’m even more confused about is that Philip Corwin, the former lead council to the ICA, an organization that champions the rights of domain investors, is currently council at Verisign.

I have met Philip a number of times before and he has always been a strong supporter of Domainers, now he’s working for a company that just called Domaining a “questionable practice” – wow. Sometime tells me that Philip is probably as frustrated with Verisign’s blog post as I am.

So I’ve decided it’s time to sit down with someone from Verisign (hopefully the CEO, James Bidzos) to get to the bottom of this sudden change in positioning. I would like to do the interview in-person, on video, and I’ll happily pay for my own flight out to Virginia to do it.

Today I will start by emailing people I know who might be able to connect me directly with the CEO of Verisign. As an industry, we deserve to know why the owner of .COM just did a complete 180 on the community they’ve been supporting for as long as I can remember. If you’re interested in me flying out to Virginia to get to the bottom of this, please show your support in the comment section below!

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  • Nathan November 3, 2018, 2:04 pm

    Wow. Great to learn all Posible.

  • Rod November 3, 2018, 2:23 pm

    Morgan, Do it.

  • Richard Morris aka Bulloney November 3, 2018, 3:30 pm

    Morgan…while I may not have referred to it as a “questionable practice”, when I arrived on the scene about a year ago, I felt it to be a very strange business practice at best. I do question anything I don’t understand the whys and wherefores, and when I began to question domain investors on NamePros, I pretty much got the same answer from everyone…”This is the way we do it, and if you don’t like it too bad” Morgan, when I set out to do DomainsMyWay™, I was stalked, harassed, ridiculed and attempts were made to run me out of town. A member named Kate, and a lawyer from Philadelphia named John Berryhill took up defenses first, but there were other members who focused their attacks when I first started registering names at the rate of maybe 4 or 5 a day. I wasn’t focusing on selling any of them, but rather building a portfolio of names that I could be proud of to sell directly to the industries and end users I was mostly familiar with. Kate found another Richard Morris (not me) who was involved in a UDRP complaint from the state of North Carolina from 2007 seen here; and falsely accused me of being him, and legal beagle Berryhill insinuated that I was a cyber squatter and violating trademark law having innocently registered names like; and YankeeMemories. Morgan, I’m not use to doing any sort of wrong doing spanning 50 years of my business life, and I took serious offense. NO apology by either Kate, or Berryhill were forthcoming, and I’m sure it’s above their halo to apologize for any of their indiscretions….Sad!
    I’ve started at least a dozen threads trying to learn more about this industry, and they’ve been the leading and most popular threads at NamePros over the last 6-9 months. Members like Kate, Berryhill, Josh R., someone named Hawkeye, Brad Mugford, Recons, Gilescoly?, JB Lions, and about a half dozen more led the charge against me, thus I was booted from Namepros three or four times, but to be let back on by Eric because I apparently hadn’t been booted for anything too serious.

    Morgan, I’ve been accused of about everything the old time domainers could throw at me, but I’m not going anywhere, and you can’t possibly understand how they’ve motivated me to educate myself more about this industry, to educate others interested about this industry, and to succeed at doing domains my way, and DomainGourmet™.

    That’s all for now Morgan, but I really do live in Virginia Beach about about 3 and 1/2 hour drive from Washington DC. Verisign is located in Reston Virginia, close to DC where I lived and worked just out of college. I’m driving to the DC area Wednesday to discuss IP and Trademark law with a lawyer who advertises on NamePros. Ironically, I’m very familiar with this botique law firm from another industry I worked in for over 20+ years. I’m telling you this Morgan, because maybe living here in Virginia I can be of assistance somehow? Thanks

    Thanks again for letting me post here. It’s been a pleasure☺

  • BullS November 3, 2018, 3:40 pm

    All of them are traitors , their souls being bought by $$$$$

    self interest!!

    Nobody watching out for us .

  • Scott November 3, 2018, 4:25 pm

    Please do it.

    As much as the (valid) real estate analogy has been spread around to naysayers, it never seems to stick.

    If a person bought a piece of land, and never intended built anything on it, only to watch the price increase so he could sell for a profit… he would be called a “wise investor”.

    Do that with a domain and you’re called a nuisance, crook, charlatan, etc, etc.. when there Is absolutely no deference between the two, except that one is dirt and the other is digital.

    If Verisign really believes what they quoted, then the practice of auctioning expired domains at the registrars needs to stop also.

  • Richard Morris aka Bulloney November 3, 2018, 5:12 pm

    In all seriousness and in all due respect, you can’t buy real estate for $8.50 a parcel. I just bought the following six domains for a total of $50;


    Scott, what’s wrong with this picture? Domainers who claim to have way more experience than me call me a fool, and say I hand reg only “crappy” domains. Do you understand why I might be just a little pissed at your industry? Seriously?

  • Jon Schultz November 3, 2018, 5:51 pm

    You might want to remind them, Morgan, that they have been and are continuing to charge thousands of dollars PER YEAR for numerous .tv domains, since Verisign purchased the old Idealab .tv Corporation.

  • Dom November 3, 2018, 5:58 pm

    You don’t need to fly there. It’s very simple. More (ex)registrant complains about the TurnComm HD and co. practice lands in the Verisign inbox (too many).

    Read online reviews & see how bad is and how this continuously accumulating anger starting to affect reputation of VSign and beyond.

    The ordinary people do not understand absolutely anything about the dropcatch, auction or expiration process and even what is this all about. Why on earth “the dropcatch collector” asking $2k+ when just about a year earlier I (the ex-registrant) paid $10/y. Or why I lose my domain name and similar questions; you’ll see all over the places.

    You know how this works but 99.99999% don’t have any idea.

    They – the registrants – are not informed properly, upfront, by registrars, in the welcome email there’s nothing like a line or two: “Please read carefully. If you don’t pay in time this and that …

  • Sigma November 3, 2018, 6:46 pm

    It would great for you to interview the CEO to see why they would attack domain speculators…

  • Alexander November 4, 2018, 10:09 am

    Hi Morgan,
    Yes. It’s good idea to make an interview. You can collect the questions from Domaining society as well.
    Thank you.

  • Bobby November 4, 2018, 10:35 pm

    Hi Morgan. Thanks for supporting domainers and offering to do the trip/interview.
    Verisign needs to explain their strategy for their attack on domain collectors.

  • Zev November 8, 2018, 2:24 am

    He’s not gonna so it. The guy doesn’t even have time to look at drop lists and runs a startup, talks about how he doesn’t have the time of the day for anything – is going to go to Virginia and interview some moron about a business that doesn’t even have a predictable revenue stream from.


    I’ll believe it When I see it and then verify it.

    I challenge u to do it and will pay half your ticket Morgan, stop bsing people and buy your tickets buddy.

  • Richard Morris aka Bulloney November 8, 2018, 9:29 am

    Actually Zev…i was in DC yesterday meeting with someone who’s name you would probably know, and as a result I hand registered another one of my crappy names; DomainBlackMail™. No one has any idea what I plan to use the name for or how I plan to use it. Stay tuned.


    • Jared Cruise November 10, 2018, 2:36 pm

      Based on the website at the domain name, it looks like you are trying to sell it for $1K. That is your plan?

      • Richard Morris aka Bulloney November 10, 2018, 3:15 pm

        Actually Zeb that was a typo…I don’t own DomainBlackMail, but rather DomainBlackMarket™, and it’t not for sale. I’m not sure why, but every time I go to key “BlackMarket” it somehow comes out “Blackmail”. Just ask John Berryhill and some of his peers, they can attest to my mistake☺ Would you like to know more?


  • Richard Morris aka Bulloney November 10, 2018, 5:13 pm

    Jared…i’m so sorry. I addressed you as Zev knowing better, so I apologize. Besides mentioning my mistake, it’s incumbment upon me to set the record straight. I did register the domain DomainBlackMarket™ on Wednesday November 7th while in WashingtonDC to meet with international property lawyer Stevan Lieberman. When I told Stevan that I’d registered DomainBlackMarket™, he told me, “Don’t go there” to which if you know me, I just gotta go there☺Not only am I going there, but I hand registered two more domains Friday; IntellectualPrpoertySales™ and BuyInterntationalProperty™ that will help drive traffic to DomainBlackMarket™. I know those are a couple of crappy names like my Marketplace name, DomainGourmet™, but sometimes you just have to go against the grain. Anyway, but if you want to buy DomainBlackMail .com you’ll have to reach out to the acuatal owner. Good luck to you.

    • Jared Cruise November 11, 2018, 12:47 pm

      No worries. I have no interest in buying any of the domain names you have mentioned. They are not good at all. Who would buy them?

      • Richard Morris aka Bulloney November 11, 2018, 2:11 pm

        lol Jared…you wouldn’t buy any domain I registered, and who said they were even for sale? You sir are one of the reasons I’ll make an absolute killing in this business. I’m selling my domains direct to “end users”, and NOT to a “Domain Scalper” like you.


        • Jared Cruise November 12, 2018, 7:42 am

          If you sell any one of them to an end user please send confirmation to Ron at so that we can see that you have made a sale of a valuable domain name.

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