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Friday, June 27, 2008

Master of Your Domain

posted by on June 27 at 13:00 PM

The AFP says:

Web regulators Thursday voted to allow the creation of thousands of new domain names, from .paris to .Pepsi, in one of the biggest shake-ups in Internet history, a French web official said.

It suggests that domains like .nyc, .berlin, .car, .bank, and .xxx might open up. I think that this might make things a lot more complicated, and also ever-so-slightly segregation-y. (.gay, anyone?). The article suggests that they’ll make an effort to fight cybersquatting, but that honestly sounds a little impossible to me. At the very least, it’s going to be like the vanity plate of the new millennium.

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Talk about printing your own money.

This is like paying the city to give your driveway a name, so you can brag about what a blue blood you are for having your own street.

Posted by Non | June 27, 2008 1:04 PM

No, this is good news. It makes domain names essentially worthless, which is as it should be. Value should come from what's ON the domain's site, not from the name.

Dot-gay is only segregation-y if gay-related sites are forced to congregate there, which I predict will happen to zero websites.

The only other regulation I'd like to see is a binding requirement that .net be actually restricted to network infrastructure, and not general-purpose public sites, but that's never going to happen.

Posted by Fnarf | June 27, 2008 1:04 PM

Do you think www.boxofbirds.ishung is taken yet?

Posted by boxofbirds | June 27, 2008 1:05 PM

I'm holding out for .poe

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 27, 2008 1:11 PM

FTA: "Industry experts expect the cost -- which has yet to be fixed -- could reach into the tens of thousands of dollars."

Sorry, your vanity is going to cost you.

Posted by expensive | June 27, 2008 1:12 PM

i guess www.clownpenis.fart is now going to actually a possibility now.

Posted by Mae | June 27, 2008 1:14 PM

That tens of thousands of dollars is for infrastructure changes to permit these new names, I think, not the cost of the domain name for the buyer.

Posted by leek | June 27, 2008 1:18 PM

I just heard a faint "pop". It could be fireworks, but I like to imagine it was the head of every DNS administrator across the globe exploding at once.

Posted by laterite | June 27, 2008 1:20 PM

Oh huh, maybe not. The earlier article on this made it sound like the big money was for the thing as a whole. This article not so.

Posted by leek | June 27, 2008 1:29 PM

Nope, it's going to cost you $100,000 for that .gay domain, and you'll have to have your own servers, databases, routers, etc.. to run it.

Posted by N | June 27, 2008 1:34 PM
Posted by N | June 27, 2008 1:35 PM

You will have to know how to administer a top level domain, or hire someone who does. That's where the hundred grand comes in. No one in their right mind wants to do either of these things unless there's a big payoff, like the ones that Tuvalu (.tv) or the Federated States of Micronesia (.fm) lucked into.

Posted by Fnarf | June 27, 2008 1:42 PM

Thanks N.

"Icann is not being forced to act because of there are not enough name options, but because it wants to open up the system to increase consumer choice."

ICANN haz moneez pleez?

Oh man, that was just awful.

Posted by laterite | June 27, 2008 1:47 PM

I have an Aunt whose email ends ".coop". I've never seen that before.

Posted by elswinger | June 27, 2008 1:56 PM
Posted by Veronica | June 27, 2008 2:06 PM

The only answer to the completely false myth of domain name scarcity is, of course, the one that makes the domain registrar industry (as well as ICANN themselves, as they get 50-100 grand per new TLD) as much money as humanly possible.

(PS @7: that's utter bullshit, it won't cost that much to add and distribute a new empty zone file. Please. The money to support the infrastructure will come from the individual [i.e. second level] domain registrations, not the TLD reg -- that's just money in ICANN's pockets. To keep funding their lavish quasi-quarterly conferences in far-flung international cities, no doubt.)

Posted by K | June 27, 2008 2:27 PM

More specifically, those are proposed new top level domain names.

Posted by Phil M | June 27, 2008 2:33 PM


"With the stock of available web addresses under the current IPv4 protocol set to run out by 2011, ICANN has been under pressure to find a solution for burgeoning demand."

Someone fire that idiot from the tech desk.

Seriously, 15 years now and not a single major news operation seems able to hire a passably competent tech reporter.

"In theory, an infinite number of new domain names could be born"

Um... that's already true, dood.

Dammit, I wish journalism paid more, I'd have stayed in j-school.

Posted by K | June 27, 2008 2:43 PM

you can't use .clownpenis, since we already registered .penis and .veejayjay - but maybe you can subdomain off of us for a small underdeveloped fee.

Posted by Organ Lovers of America | June 27, 2008 3:26 PM

@14 -- Is she a chicken?

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | June 27, 2008 4:19 PM

Does this mean I can have ?

Posted by yucca flower | June 27, 2008 5:04 PM

.clownpenis would not be a subdomain of .penis. What do you think the dot is for?

Posted by Fnarf | June 27, 2008 5:35 PM

.christopherfrizzellesenormousserver ?

Posted by CP | June 27, 2008 6:12 PM

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