20 Dec '13, 2pm

More stupid government interference with new top level domain names

The government of India should be thrilled that .ram was applied for as a .brand, which will protect the domain from potentially offensive uses. I’ve written before about hard headed governments and their challenges against particular top level domain names . I was reminded of another such case today, thanks to the Government of India sending a letter (pdf ) to ICANN reiterating its opposition to a couple strings. The government is opposed to the delegation of .RAM. This is based on Lord Ram, a religious figure in Hinduism. I certainly understand why the government would be sensitive to this. Until you know who is applying for it: Chrysler wants the domain name for its Ram brand of trucks. That’s a perfect situation for India. Because it’s a .brand, Chrysler is going to be careful about not putting anything offensive on it. A Business Standard article from June quotes a go...

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