Linked by David Adams on Tue 6th Mar 2012 16:23 UTC
Legal If you run a web site or service that runs afoul of US law, and that site is hosted overseas, then the US legal system doesn't have much recourse, right? Wrong. Because the .com, .net, and .org top level domains are managed by a US company, the government can come to Verisign with a court order and seize your domain, effectively shutting you down. And because of a quirk of internet history that made the US-controlled domains the de-facto standard for web sites, this is a situation that's quite possibly permanent.
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RE: Why is this wrong?
by Chrishas on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:55 UTC in reply to "Why is this wrong?"
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Because .com does not represent the USA, it's short for commercial, what does a company based in the UK or Asia or wherever have to do with the US? Nothing, perhaps the US should just use it's own .us extension by default and create a new, better mechanism for handling .com in collaboration with the rest of the world. Maybe it's also time to use different extensions depending on the organisation/person registering a domain. CERN is also where www was developed, should it have exclusive rights over that?

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