NeuStar, the corporate entity responsible for management of the .us domain space, canceled Synergy's registration for the internet domain of 'fuckamerica.us' on July 31st, 2002. The domain was registered through GoDaddy Software, Inc., a reseller of numerous top level and second level domains.
Synergy contends that NeuStar's decision to shut off the website in accordance with it's defacto censorship policy violates the companies' right to freedom of speech. The domain was used to serve up critical cartoons and information regarding The Bush Administration before it's cancellation.
"If .us is 'America's Domain' as NeuStar says it is, then it of all things should be free from censorship. America supposedly stands for freedom of speech, and it is quite disgusting that our government officially endorses censorship in this manner", said Keith Kimmel, owner of Synergy.
Synergy has also began creating a website to document i's anticipated struggle with NeuStar, Inc. and has posted several documents including correspondence from NeuStar, Inc. attorney Charles Kennedy. That website is located at www.neustarsucks.com.
Keith W. Kimmel
Owner, Synergy Global Networks
[Editor's note: If they're going to file a lawsuit, I sure hope they caption it "U.S. Dept. of Commerce" and not "United States Commerce Commission" like they did in their press release.
That said, given the evidence of participation by the US government advanced by various posters in our earlier thread on the seven dirty words in .us domain names subject, there may be a good triable case here. -mf]