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ICANN Opens Up Top Level Domain Restrictions
Get.ready for.the domain.rush chaos.lol
by Karl Bode 01:06PM Thursday Jun 26 2008 Tipped by FastEddie See Profile
Internet overseer ICANN today voted unanimously to relax the strict rules on top level domain names, according to the BBC. The new rules absolutely shatter previous restrictions that kept companies, individuals and countries to only certain domains (.edu, .net, .uk). Under the new rules, domain extensions can have any number of additional characters if you've got the $100,000 to $500,000 for registration. Says the BBC:
Under the new plans, domain names can be based on any string of letters. Individuals will be able to register a domain based on their own name, for example, as long as they can show a "business plan and technical capacity".
Business domain registrations will be based on intellectual property claims, which I'm guessing could create a new hairy process. ICANN has apparently been working on this plan for six years. They also voted today to approve the use of Asian and Arabic characters in domain addresses. The subsequent domain rush should prove entertaining to watch, particularly on domains like .sex.

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Re: Lol

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Move all porn sites to .porn so we can block find them easier.
There! fixed it for you.