Friday, February 02, 2007

Survey: Are Domain Registrars Free-Speech Friendly?

Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache write on C|Net News:

Go Daddy's controversial decision last week to suspend the domain name of a popular computer security Web site did more than merely raise questions about the extent of free speech on today's Internet.

It also prompted owners of domain names to wonder about the reliability of their own registrars--and whether the domains they own are safe from suspension in the absence of a court order.

In response to requests from readers, CNET conducted the following survey of 12 leading registrars: DirectNIC; Dotster; eNom;; Go Daddy; Melbourne IT;; NameKing; Network Solutions; OnlineNIC;; and Tucows.

We found that the French registrar and New Orleans-based DirectNIC offered the most extensive guarantees against unnecessary domain name suspension.

More here.


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