VeriSign sues ICANN

Internet infrastructure company VeriSign Inc sued a domain-name oversight body on Thursday, saying it had overstepped its authority when it prevented VeriSign from introducing new Web-address services.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has no authority to prevent VeriSign from rolling out a search engine for users who mistype Internet addressees, VeriSign said, as well another feature that allows users to sign up for a waiting list for desirable domain names.

"This brazen attempt by ICANN to assume 'regulatory power' over VeriSign's business is a serious abuse of ICANN's technical coordination function," said VeriSign in the suit, which was filed in U.S. court in Los Angeles.

An ICANN spokesman declined immediate comment.

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