U.S. gov’t says if it’s .com, it can be seized

David Kravets for Wired:

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.

This has potentially chilling implications for companies with .com, .net and org domain registrations that may have thought they were out of reach of the US government because they don’t technically operate on U.S. soil. And as seizures like this continue to occur, it adds to a continued debate on the internationalization of domain name registration.



  • satcomer

    That is the current administration for you.

    • jpmhughes

      Yup and the last and the next…

  • Yeah, who needs SOPA or other laws to be passed when the government can just do whatever the hell it wants regardless of how the laws are written. 

  • Extremely disappointing. This hearkens back to the worst excesses of Bush/Cheney.

  • lucascott

    so what if they make that claim. the sites will just alter their domains to something out of the US reach and keep going. Just like they always do

    Such games are not the way to cut down on pirating. The studios and such making quality, quick and fairly priced legal sources is the answer. 

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