According to an article today published in the GlobalTimes in China the “The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said that individuals are effectively barred from registering domain names ending with .cn unless they have a business license to show they’re a bona fide company.”
“The announcement came after a report by China Central Television (CCTV) aired criticism of the registration process and linked it to the prevalence of pornographic websites.”
“Applicants must submit written applications to the registration agents. The written materials must include an application form with an official seal, an enterprise business license and the registrant’s ID card.”
“CNNIC plans to verify the information of the owners of personal site in the nation. Those found unqualified to have a site will be required to update the information in five working days, otherwise they will be shut down.”
“The Internet Domain Name Regulations stipulates that websites will be closed if the domain name registrants fail to submit real, accurate and complete information.”
As we have discussed before, one of the downsides to ccTLD’s is that they are subject to the regulation of the governing jurisdiction, which can place rules they wish on the acquisition and ownership of them.