Registrations in Open ccTLDs
Date: Monday July 22 2002, @07:53AM
Topic: Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs)

edelman@law.harvard. writes "Most ccTLDs limit (or at least solicit) registrations only from within their respective countries. But a few open ccTLDs, among .CC, .TV, and .WS, happily register domains to anyone interested, worldwide. In recent research, I have investigated trends in registrations in these ccTLDs, placing particular emphasis on their apparent use and non-use, on defensive registrations, on warehousing, and on cybersquatting. In my new "Registrations in Open ccTLDs," I attempt to quantify each of these behaviors."

I first report the number of open ccTLD web pages indexed by Google, finding open ccTLDs to be less than one one-hundredth as large as .COM when measured in this way.

I next consider registration of commonly-used dictionary nouns; while many such domains have been registered in the tested ccTLDs, more than 80% lead only to placeholders or to no web content at all.

Finally, I investigate open ccTLD registrations that use the same second-level strings as the primary .COM domains of major corporations worldwide (including the Fortune 1000 and Forbes International 500). Again, many such domains have been registered, and more than two thirds of such registrations are by registrants other than the registrant of the corresponding .COM. Indeed, the web content and WHOIS data of sampled domains provide evidence both of substantial defensive registrations and of substantial cybersquatting.

My full report is available at

Ben Edelman
Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard Law School

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Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs
by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Monday July 22 2002, @11:23AM (#8013)
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Ben, Your research is getting just a bit too 'academic.' Who cares about all this? It's just a waste of a Research Grant. Mildly interesting, yes. Useful, no. No offence.
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Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs
by ANNODOMINI2000 (reversethis-{KU.OC.OOHAY} {ta} {D0002DA}) on Monday July 22 2002, @10:12PM (#8018)
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Yeah, maybe I was being a bit harsh. Life not going too well for me in recent years tends to make me a bit moody, cynical and negative on occasions. Sorry.
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Re: .to subject to California jurisdiction
by fnord ( on Thursday July 25 2002, @03:44PM (#8099)
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So if I registered in 1994 to put up an internet clock (complete with links to commercial sites, after all, it is in .com and I don't want to have Dan on my case) and never got around to doing so, of course some magazine should be able to take it from me because, well, just because. Show me where in the real world (any legal jurisdiction in the world will do) that trademark law allows you to do that. I'm waiting... -g
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