When U.S. authorities shuttered sports-wagering site Bodog.com last week, it raised eyebrows across the net because the domain name was registered with a Canadian company, ostensibly putting it beyond the reach of the U.S. government. Working around that, the feds went directly to VeriSign, a U.S.-based internet backbone company that has the contract to manage the coveted .com and other “generic” top-level domains.

EasyDNS, an internet infrastructure company, protested that 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.”

But despite EasyDNS and others’ outrage, the U.S. government says it’s gone that route hundreds of times. Furthermore, it says it has the right to seize any .com, .net and .org domain name because the companies that have the contracts to administer them are based on United States soil, according to Nicole Navas, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman.

  1. bobbo, oh, the Horror says:

    Off buying art work for the walls on the third floor before we even establish we are still swimming in the ocean?

    As you will.

    I can generally agree with what you post with one all encompassing overriding quibble: in the field of hooman affairs, nothing is pure. /////// Maybe stupid is? But that only reveals my own bias, making the issue once again not pure even if I am right.

    I do love the apparent paradox.

    ‘do not hurt people’ /// unless they deserve it
    and ‘do not steal.’ /// unless you are stealing it back

    Yes, everything is definitional. Even truth and dogma.


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