The .cm (Cameroon) ccTLD operators have discovered that since their TLD is simply one omitted letter away from .com, that there is a gold mine in the typo traffic that comes their way. Accordingly, Cameroon has now wild-carded its ccTLD and is monetizing the traffic.
The upshot is that, if the Neiman Marcus / Dotster lawsuit over 27 domain names was properly characterized as "massive", then the Cameroonians are now going well beyond massive, and are monetizing every conceivable typographic variation of "Neiman Marcus", as well as the correct spelling thereof at www.neimanmarcus.cm.
Someone had better alert the emergency response team at OpenDNS to block off the .cm ccTLD and put up OpenDNS's parking page so that unsuspecting users don't stumble upon Cameroon's, uhmmm, parking page.
By John Berryhill, Attorney
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