Originally Posted by DVD Polizei
I'm still confused on how this is so terribly bad, and just what does "Private Registration" mean. Maybe someone can elaborate more on this?
Sure. It's just about whether you
can register a domain within the .us Top-Level Domain (TLD). That's you, your company, your organization, etc.
The real question is: why shouldn't you be able to secure this? I presume the motivation behind the ruling is to prevent people from posting objectionable content on any website ending in .us; presumably, only the federal government will have the power to do that.
The general idea of top-level domains with specific requirements is hardly novel. Only government agencies can register .gov domains; only recognized educational institutions can register .edu domains; etc. So in general, this is fine.
But what's weird about reserving .us is that no other nation
has a similar restriction - not to my knowledge. Plenty of private websites end in .ca (Canada), .uk (United Kingdom of course), .fr, .de (Germany), .ru, .cn (China), .au (Australia), .jp (Japan), etc.
So why is the U.S. federal government seeking such a restriction? Isn't that kind of weird, given our place in the world as a leader in freedom of expression?
- David Stein