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ORG vs The Pirate Bay : Copyright Alliance calls the PIR Registry “hypocritical”

The Pirate Bay, a long term host of torrent links to content that, for the most part, violates many a copyright, has returned to its domain roots. After a journey that took the pirate organization’s domain through a series of ccTLD domains, including dot .SE, it’s back to .ORG. ThePirateBay.org is the current, active home […]

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30 years on the Internet : The Dutch ccTLD .NL

Today’s the 30th anniversary of dot .NL, the national ccTLD of The Netherlands. The Dutch ccTLD went live on April 25th, 1986. Piet Beertema, of Centrum Wiskunde and Informatica (CWI) registered the first Dutch domain, CWI.nl. You can find more information about the anniversary of dot .NL in a CWI article. Which other country ccTLDs […]

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Domain flags : Country ccTLDs that went live in the 1990’s

Last week we shared the country ccTLDs that were allocated in the 1980’s, the pre-commercial days of the Internet. As the use of the Internet expanded beyond the academic cycles, more countries around the world jumped in, claiming their national two-letter domain. In the 1990’s, the list of countries staking their “domain flags” into the […]

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Domain flags : Country ccTLDs that went live in the 1980’s

With dot .com celebrating its 31st anniversary with Symbolics.com yesterday, it’s about time to dig into the domain name history overall. The first ccTLD domains were allocated in the 1980’s and one of them predated the registration date of .com. Dot .US was the first country TLD ever to be allocated, on February 15th, 1985. […]

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Cayman Islands opens up .KY domains with the help of Uniregistry

As of yesterday, anyone can register a Cayman Islands domain name ending in .KY. September 2nd marks the beginning of a new era for the .ky ccTLD, aspiring to become a magnet to businesses already local, or those aspiring to become part of the Cayman Islands’ folklore. The dot .ky ccTLD is now available the […]

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B.MW : Domain hack leads to UDRP by German automaker

BMW cars are among the world’s most reliable; the German automaker formed in Munich in 1916, almost 100 years ago. Bayerische Motoren Werke AG filed a UDRP against the owner of the domain name, B.MW – a ccTLD from the African nation of Malawi. The Respondent is a Japanese company, Living By Blue CO, Ltd. […]

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The Pirate Bay loses Armenian ccTLD domain dot .am

For the past few years, The Pirate Bay has been hopping from one ccTLD to the next. After being exiled from the Swedish ccTLD dot .SE, the folks behind the largest database of torrents related to pirated material moved on to more exotic destinations. In May, a “Hydra” logo was unveiled, along with the announcement […]

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Page Howe : Los Angeles residents should get a .LA domain

Domain investor Page Howe has been an early adopter of new gTLDs; a year after the Internet name space expanded to hundreds of new extensions, Howe is working on a different kind of brand. As the Chief Engagement Officer of dot .LA domain ccTLD that serves as a brand and locale indicator, Page is promoting […]

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Non-COM sightings : Church .TV domain added to the roster!

Angela St. Julien is on a roll, as she’s a regular contributor to our open series about “non-COM” domain sightings. If you see a car stop all of a sudden in rural areas to take pictures of billboards bearing domain names, that’s most likely Angela! The latest addition to our growing collection of non-COM sightings, […]

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ccTLD galley : The Pirate Bay moves to a .GS domain

The Pirate Bay lost its Swedish-based domain, but that’s not the end of the biggest torrent site that is laden with copyright violations. Hours after a Swedish court ordered the dot .SE domain seized, the fine folks of The Pirate Bay have moved it on: to The South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands. Until today, […]

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Domaining Europe: Spaniards prefer their local ccTLD over .com and others

Spanish consumers registered more dot .ES domains – the local ccTLD for Spain – than any other TLD in 2014. According to a report by Internet development agency, Red.es, there was an increase of 3.46% in dot .ES registrations, accounting for over half of all domain names registered in Spain. The total number of .ES […]

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The Pirate Bay leaves .SE behind for North Korean ccTLD

The “pirates” of The Pirate Bay are on the move again. After hopping around between various ccTLDs thanks to the efforts of anti-piracy and government agencies, The Pirate Bay found temporary solace in Sweden. You can bid goodbye to the Swedish .SE ccTLD however, as a raid by the Swedish authorities resulted in the confiscation […]

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