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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Why is this wrong?
by Drathmere on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:12 UTC
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Member since:
2012-03-06

The US funded everything that became the internet. It seems only reasonable that it got first pick of domains. If a person or a company does not want to have any US involvement, pick another TLD. That seems easy enough. There are a lot of options now. Not so in the beginning, but times have changed!

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RE: Why is this wrong?
by Chrishas on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:55 in reply to "Why is this wrong?"
Chrishas Member since:
2012-02-27

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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RE: Why is this wrong?
by Lennie on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:57 in reply to "Why is this wrong?"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Most people are not complaining about that .com .org and so on are under the US jurisdiction.

The problem is how they handle it:

http://www.osnews.com/story/25627/_US_government_is_scaring_web_bus...

And the problem seems to be getting worse.

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RE: Why is this wrong?
by Mellin on Wed 7th Mar 2012 10:58 in reply to "Why is this wrong?"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

that's wrong usa didn't fund everything that became internet

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RE: Why is this wrong?
by tristan on Thu 8th Mar 2012 12:02 in reply to "Why is this wrong?"
tristan Member since:
2006-02-01

The US funded everything that became the internet.


I assume you posted this via OSNews's Usenet interface.

It turns out there's quite a popular service on the internet nowadays called the "World Wide Web". It was invented by an Englishman, working in Geneva for the European nuclear research agency.

You should give it a try some time, there's some quite good stuff on there.

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RE[2]: Why is this wrong?
by tidux on Fri 9th Mar 2012 20:09 in reply to "RE: Why is this wrong?"
tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

Bah, stealing and/or taking credit for Europe's greatest stuff is practically a sport over here. Einstein? Yoink, worked at Princeton. Werner Von Braun? Yoink, helped start our space program. Timothy Berners Lee? Yoink, now an Ars Technica guy and member of the Cato Institute. Internetworking in general? Yoink.

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