Wired.com published a story today entitled “Uncle Sam: If It Ends in .Com, It’s .Seizable”.
The story goes on to talk about what all of us in the domain industry already know, that if a domain registry is a US corporation, domain names under the extension can be seized by the US government.
Those include .com, .net. org, biz, .us, .tv .name and .cc all of which are operated by Registries located in the United States
“”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.””
So the question becomes in the age of new gTLD’s would a new registry have an advantage if it was formed and subject to the jurisdiction other than the US or the UK (whose government has also taken down sites) especially for TLD like .Web which is expected to be one of the most sought after new strings.
A .web located in a non-seizure jurisdiction maybe able to use its jurisdiction as one of its main selling points.
How many more registrations would a registry based in a non-seizure jurisdiction get, as more and more sites are seized in the US?