Feeds

Canada torches all .ca domain names – owners must reapply

But there's a sort of crazed logic to it...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Canada has come with a novel way of dealing with URL disputes. From 1 November it has decided to tear up all its country's domain names and start again. We thought someone was having a laugh when they informed us the new non-profit organisation set up to deal with .ca domains, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, had decided to make everyone reapply for their URLs.

So we called up CIRA and asked whether this was true. "Yes, we have set up a voluntary system for people to re-register their sites before November the first." And if they don't, that's it? "Well, there is a 30-day period after that when they can still apply," Annie Boucher told us. After that, it's available to anyone that wants it.

A little incredulous, we ask the obvious question: why? "Well, our logic was that there were lots of legal issues in consideration. We are creating a competitive system for domain names with people being able to register with different registrars, so we went for this approach."

This is an apparently bonkers piece of logic, but then, as we discovered, until CIRA was set up to take over the reins, you were only allowed to register a .ca domain if you were a federal company or owned the trademark. That said, this is still an extremely odd way of sorting out URL disputes.

But there's more: despite all this, and heavy fears of evil cybersquatters sitting in the wings, only 8,000 of the approximate 90,000 Canadian Web sites have bothered to re-register. Oh, and you have to pay another $20 to get back your domain.

God, we hope WIPO and ICANN don't get to hear about this - this kind of lunacy is right up their street. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.