Re: [ga] Help with research into domain reregistration - submit examples of unrelated reregistrations
ummmmm Ben, could you give us a defintion of "content unrelated to the
most obvious implications of their respective domain name," please?
Ben Edelman wrote:
> Discussion on this list has occasionally considered the topic of domains
> that, after expiration, are renewed by other registrants for the
> distribution of unrelated content.
> In general, these transfers are a helpful feature of DNS -- allowing the
> reallocation of underused portions of the name space to those who wish to
> put those spaces to active use. But when reregistrations use existing
> domains to offer unrelated content (most troublingly, some have suggested,
> sexually explicit content), the practice may come into question. This
> problem no doubt becomes especially serious in the context of domains that
> expire due to administrative error or oversight rather than the conscious
> decision of existing registrants.
> To date, I believe little hard data has been collected or made available
> regarding the scope of the reregistrations at issue. I'm currently
> attempting to document their scope by preparing a comprehensive list of
> reregistered domains. With a variety of automated means for examining web
> pages as they stand and as they may have been some months or years ago, I
> hope to produce a list of some hundreds of thousands of domains that have
> been reregistered -- but to do so, I first need some examples to "prime the
> Hence my request to members of this list: If you know of examples of domains
> that have been reregistered after expiration, and subsequently used to
> distribute content unrelated to the most obvious implications of their
> respective domain name, I'd much appreciate your help via submissions to the
> form at <http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/people/edelman/renewals/submit/>. You
> need not be "certain" of the status or history of any given domain name in
> order to helpfully submit it; my subsequent work will verify that each
> domain ultimately reported in my results is in fact an example of the
> behavior at issue.
> When my research is "complete" -- or when I otherwise have available a
> substantial body of results -- I'll certainly share it with this list for
> the benefit of anyone interested.
> Many thanks to those who can help.
> Ben Edelman
> Berkman Center for Internet & Society
> Harvard Law School
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