Domain name URL shorteners that end in .ly may be at risk by the Libyan government. Ben Metcalfe blogged that his domain name vb.ly was seized by NIC.ly, the domain name registry system for Libya. Vb.ly may not be the only short URL company to be at risk. Bit.ly, Ow.ly, and Ad.ly are all at risk. Below is some additional details from Metcalfe’s blog post:
– .ly domains deemed to be in violation of NIC.ly regulation are being deregistered and removed without warning ? causing significant inconvenience and damage.
– .ly domains are being deregistered and removed due to reasons that do not correspond to the regulations defined in the official NIC.ly Regulations.
– NIC.ly seems to want to extend their reach beyond the domain itself and regulate the content of websites that use a .ly domain. The concept amounts to censorship and makes .ly domains untenable to be used for user-generated content or url shorteners.
– Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law is being used to consider the validity of domains, which is unclear and obscure in terms of being able to know what is allowed and what isn?t.
– NIC.ly have suddenly decided that <4 letter .ly domains should only be available to local Libyans and this appears to create motivation to recover what premium domains they can to go back into this new local-only pot of domains.
[Ben Metcalfe’s Blog via TechCrunch]