"Third Level" domains not patented

Uh, no, that's not what the article said and it's not what the patent,
which is linked from the article, says. The patent is on the tiny
tweak of selling matching e-mail addresses and domains (it says URLs
but their examples show domains) of the form argle@bargle.tld and

I'm sure there is prior art from the discussions in 1996
but I can't remember enough details to dig that up. However
here is something from 2 Jan 1997 that is clearly prior
art for the selling personal domain names to people in
the form first.last.something.


Pass it on to anyone else who may be interested.

--Michael Dillon