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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by demetrioussharpe on Fri 9th Mar 2012 16:54 UTC
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And of course, if the US or any other government ever overreaches on the domain name system, we can always create a new, decentralized one. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.

It's already come to that, we're just all a little too stupid to realize it. We're like fish who don't realize that they've been swallowed by a whale....until they're being digested!

P.S. Before some idiot tries to slam me for badmouthing the US, I'm a veteran who spent 14yrs in the US Army...I believe that I've earned my opinion.

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