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Old 6th March 2012, 07:05 PM
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Uncle Sam: If It Ends in .Com, It's .Seizable

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When U.S. authorities shuttered sports-wagering site Bodog.com last week, it raised eyebrows across the net because the domain name was registered with a Canadian company, ostensibly putting it beyond the reach of the U.S. government. Working around that, the feds went directly to VeriSign, a U.S.-based internet backbone company that has the contract to manage the coveted .com and other “generic” top-level domains.

EasyDNS, an internet infrastructure company, protested that the “ramifications of this are no less than chilling and every single organization branded or operating under .com, .net, .org, .biz etc. needs to ask themselves about their vulnerability to the whims of U.S. federal and state lawmakers.”

But despite EasyDNS and others’ outrage, the U.S. government says it’s gone that route hundreds of times. Furthermore, it says it has the right to seize any .com, .net and .org domain name because the companies that have the contracts to administer them are based on United States soil, according to Nicole Navas, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman.
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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...foreign-sites/
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Re: Uncle Sam: If It Ends in .Com, It's .Seizable

Could this mean that one day .com won't be king anymore & ccTLDs will start being worth more due to the stupidity of the power hungry US government?
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Re: Uncle Sam: If It Ends in .Com, It's .Seizable

Quite possibly, but only the ccTLD's that have steadfastly refused to sign contracts with ICANN, maintaining their sovereignty - since ICANN is domiciled in California.

But nothing can stop the USG ordering ICANN to remove an entry from the root. Of course if that happened, ICANN and the current root system would crumble.
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Re: Uncle Sam: If It Ends in .Com, It's .Seizable

http://www.google.com/search?q=intit...e=off&filter=0
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