Lunarpages has silently added a new 404 File Not Found page to all customer accounts. The page displays the domain name of the account holder, a search box which returns sponsored ad results and a number of links (dating, mortgage, ringtones, etc.) to Oversee’s PPC search engine searchportal.information.com.
While the customer’s domain name is displayed, there is no link back to the customer’s website and Lunarpages are thereby effectively stealing traffic from its customers!
You can see an example error page if you go to aeroeco.net/404.
If you recognize the layout of the error page it’s because the same page is used by many domain parking services and expired domain holding pages.
The issue has been discussed intensely at Web Hosting Talk, while any threads about the issue started at Lunarpages Forums are apparently swiftly deleted.
When the legality of these error pages was brought up, Lunarpages quickly updated their TOS to include the following passage:
In an effort to help create the best possible user experience we have created a series of content sensitive error pages which are displayed in the event any user enters an erroneous URL for any activated domain name within the Lunarpages server structure. You may use our error page at no extra charge and you hereby grant to Lunarpages a limited, non-exclusive license to use any right you may have in any mark consisting of, derivative of or related to the domain name for the purpose of displaying such error pages under your domain name or any sub-page thereof in the event that for any reason your page fails to resolve or does not exist. Such error pages may at the option of lunarpages contain links to your domain, to Lunarpages or to any other site or service.