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Re: [T3] VWoA against the niches, was: Volkswagen EnthusiastProgram(VW 1)311

There are lots of registries.  Each country has one (as a general rule -
some countries outsource).  Some registries are spread out over several
independent (sort of) registries (.com .net and .org are like this). 
Some domains are closed (.gov and .mil are like this) and still some are
very restricted (.aq is antarctica's top-level domain, and it's
restricted to organizations that are actively based in antarctica).

There is little VWoA could do if you registered your domain in a country
that didn't care about their opinion and hosted it, say, on Sealand (a
"country" that pretty much ignores everyone's opinions...it's an
offshore oil rig nearish England that was set up to host potentially
illegal/subversive/whatever content).

A problem I could see is if VWoA had the US courts order a us registry
to "poison" the name server DB with bad information re-directing the
hypothetical anti-VWoA domain to a VWoA site.  This is not a precedent,
but it's not hard to do (functionally).

As a side note, even though the registries are feeding the same general
pool of domains, they follow different rules.  For instance, in the US,
you can't register english curse words.  However, I have a domain
(f*ck-you.org...except there's a 'u' where the '*' is) that I registered
through a spanish registry (they filtered spanish curse words).


On Wed, 2002-03-27 at 13:57, Jim Adney wrote:
> I think there is only one registering body. It has to be international so that 
> anyone can apply and so that we don't get duplicate URLs. So the only thing 
> it comes down to is where it is hosted, and where the business is whose 
> web site it is.  
> In other words I can't set up a business here in Wisconsin called VW Parts, 
> Inc, and expect to get any help from the fact that my web site is hosted in 
> Romania. My web site might be safe, but my business would be toast.  

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