According to The Inquisitr, Disney’s child oriented MMORG Club Penguin went off the web on Monday after the company failed to renew the game’s domain name. The site stayed live for about a week after it expired, but then was taken off line for about 4 hours on Monday until Disney’s management team figured out what had occurred.
This sort of oversight is unfortunately pretty common online. However, when you pay $325 million for a company, you expect them to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s, that includes choosing a domain host that allows recurring billing or paying ahead a couple dozen years or so. Might be time for an internal review of all domains if you ask me.
(Actually, now that ICANN has approved custom .TLD’s I suspect it won’t be too long before we get .dis or .disney domains)