Wednesday, March 7th 2012

Anything that Ends in .com Seizable by US Government

Last week, US authorities shut down a Canadian-run website that ends with the TLD (top-level domain) ".com", raising eyebrows. It appears that the US is staking claim to the ".com" TLD, letting the authorities seize any ".com" domain, even of websites that are not American. Internet infrastructure company EasyDNS, in its latest blog post, said "[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."

This latest controversy highlights how "the U.S. continues to hold over key components of the global domain name system, and rips a Band-Aid off a historic sore point for other nations," Wired commented. It also strengthens the case for non-American businesses and internet companies to opt for local TLDs (eg: ".co.uk", ".de", ".in", etc.,). Naming yourself "Dotcom" isn't such a bright idea, either.

Source: Wired, Image Courtesy: VegasDomain.org
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34 Comments on Anything that Ends in .com Seizable by US Government

#1
Munki
Great, another power trip for America.
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#2
Inceptor
by: btarunr
Naming yourself "Dotcom" isn't such a bright idea, either.
Well, it does instantly get you more page views/customers/readers. Everyone has 'dotcom' on the brain.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Inceptor
Well, it does instantly get you more page views/customers/readers. Everyone has 'dotcom' on the brain.
I think you didn't get the joke. ;)
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#4
radusorin
:twitch: Love the "we dont give a fuck, and piss on you" ideea :laugh:. I dont know but to me america feels more and more like a big bully. I mean after SOPA/ACTA fails i get the felling they just dont care, something like, we try to make it legal, but it failed so we dont give a fuck, gonna do this shet anyway :shadedshu. No problem if it only local, but wen you star to do this globally it feels like :nutkick:. O well whatever :toast:
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#5
Inceptor
by: btarunr
I think you didn't get the joke.
You mean the megaupload guy. I wasn't even thinking of that, but yes, terrible name.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Inceptor
You mean the megaupload guy. I wasn't even thinking of that, but yes, terrible name.
Yup, he's in the process of "getting seized" (read: extradited) by the US authorities. :laugh:
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#7
anonymous6366
by: Munki
Great, another power trip for America.
yeah no kidding, if the world is a middle school we are for sure the bully that no one likes
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#8
AphexDreamer
Give me your lunch money! I mean websites!
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#9
DRDNA
Better the USA than anyone else that is for sure. Maybe I am bias as I am in the USA:toast:
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#11
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
Obama nation hard at work! Hope and change ! This is one reason why I am not voting for Obama!
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#12
m1dg3t
The NWO in action! It start's with the internet....

:shadedshu
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#13
AthlonX2
HyperVtX™
by: trickson
Obama nation hard at work! Hope and change ! This is one reason why I am not voting for Obama!
Yes! because it is his fault. I would much rather Obama stay in office than some mormon f*cktard like Romney take office
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#14
radarblade
This is one of those conspiracies like SOPA and the likes. :wtf:
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#15
erocker
Hopefully many other larger countries will evenutally put the US in it's place. I'm American and this crap is getting out of hand.

Let me tell you brother about a nice and humble man named Newt Gingrich. He is docile and has a robot wife that he cares very much for.. aww screw it.
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#16
Kantastic
by: trickson
Obama nation hard at work! Hope and change ! This is one reason why I am not voting for Obama!
Oh yeah lets blame Obama!
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#18
happita
by: AthlonX2
Yes! because it is his fault. I would much rather Obama stay in office than some mormon f*cktard like Romney take office
Makes no difference. They are ALL puppets. The sooner everyone opens up their mind to the many different possitilities, then people's thought processes will get ramped up 100x fold.

by: trickson
Obama nation hard at work! Hope and change ! This is one reason why I am not voting for Obama!
There are plenty of more reasons...but I myself won't be voting at all ever again, because it really makes no difference. I love how it (pro-politics) encourages people to vote when in reality its just another thing for us to waste our precious time on.

I suggest people to rent and watch the documentary called "Bigger, Stronger, Faster".
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#19
AthlonX2
HyperVtX™
sounds like a Daft Punk porno:p
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#20
wahdangun
wow, just wow, you american really are worst than iran, i hope every country block your IP address, so you will taste your own medicine.


damm you
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#21
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
It isn't just .com, it is .net and .org too. It says that in the article. Scary.
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#22
DannibusX
by: wahdangun
wow, just wow, you american really are worst than iran, i hope every country block your IP address, so you will taste your own medicine.

damm you
Yeah, we totally hang the gays here, make women walk behind us and force the entire population to follow sharia law.

And forget lethal injection, we switched back to stoning a few years ago.
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#23
Damn_Smooth
This reminds me of a qubit topic.

How hard are we going to get fucked before somebody snaps? Do we even have any rights left?
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#24
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
by: Munki
Great, another power trip for America.
'Tis true except this time it is in cyberspace. If the government didn't have $3.5 trillion to blow on stuff like this, it wouldn't happen.


by: Damn_Smooth
Do we even have any rights left?
In a word: no. Every consitutional and "god given" right has been taken away by the USA government at least once. People are wrongfully accused and imprisoned, people practicing their freedom of speech get imprisoned for creating a "public disturbance," the press has no freedom when it comes to getting information from the government on numerous subjects, guns are no longer legal in many public and private situations, many laws have been made preventing the free practice of religion (e.g. Obama's requirements on religious-based insurance companies funding abortions), and peaceful assemblies of people often get bruttally taken down by police forces.

The Constution? It might as well not exist.
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#25
KonstantinDK
Lets all move to .se like piratebay did.
And one more reason to do that: pot is legal in Sweden.
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