A Swedish court has ordered .SE domain names used by The Pirate Bay be seized, but the prominent file sharing site has moved on thwarting the move already using other ccTLDs for their domains to keep the site going.The Stockholm District Court ordered the seizure on Thursday reported TorrentFreak. But in another report, TorrentFreak noted The Pirate Bay has already moved on being now available using the .gs, .la, .vg, .am, .mn and .gd domain names.”In 2013, Prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad, the man behind the operation that took the site down in December, filed a motion targeting ThePirateBay.se (the site’s main domain) and PirateBay.se (a lesser used alternative)”, reported TorrentFreak.The prosecutor alleged The Pirate Bay is an illegal operation with its domains “tools used by the site to infringe copyright. Noting that Punkt SE supplies and controls the domains and is therefore liable for their (mis)use, the domains should be dealt with in the same way that other criminal tools would be, Ingblad argued.”But the court did not uphold the prosecutor’s claim against .SE. The registry notes though the two domain names will be forfeited from their domain owner and be transferred to the ownership of the Swedish state.”We are pleased that the city court ruled in our favour and agreed with our argument that, in our role as the top-level domain administrator, it is not our responsibility to decide on what is or is not unlawful in specific cases” says Elisabeth Ekstrand, Senior Legal Counsel at .SE.”In its ruling to the domain owner in this case, the city court decided that the right to these two domain names was to be forfeited,” .SE said in a statement. “The domain names are also to be transferred to the state, something that has never previously been tried.””.SE will follow the judicial decision once it gains legal force, and over the next few weeks we will determine the actions to be taken in practical terms,” says Elisabeth Ekstrand.However, .SE also stated in their statement they believe “the forfeiture of a domain name is an ineffective method for combating online criminal activities. It is very easy to transfer one site to another top-level domain. And even if the domain were to be closed, the content would still be available via the Internet using both the IP number and via search engines.”
The German KSregistry has announced it once again become the registry operator for .vg, the ccTLD the Virgin Islands.
In the news release below, KSregistry notes that due to difficulties with the former .VG zone manager, the IANA performed a re-delegation which brought back the .VG zone under the control and the responsibility of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Virgin Islands (TRC) on 11 April, 2014. However, the .VG zone will remain frozen until 15 April.
KSregistry becomes registry provider for .VG
The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Virgin Islands (TRC) has sourced out the operation of .VG, the ccTLD of Virgin Islands. The former technical backend provider, KSregistry GmbH, resumes the operation of .VG in future. IANA performed a re-delegation which brought back the .VG zone under the control and the responsibility of the TRC on April 11, 2014. However, the .VG zone will remain frozen until April 15, 2014, 10:00 UTC.
While the .VG zone is frozen, no registrations, modifications, transfers, deletions or renewals can be made. From April 15, 2014, 10:00 UTC to May 11, 2014, 23:59 UTC the .VG TLD will be reopened for KSregistry accredited registrars. It will then be possible to update, renew or delete domain names. Starting May 12, 2014, 10:00 UTC KSregistry will also allow the registration of new domain names.
Please be aware that since Meridian has to this time not provided the zone file to either KSregistry or the Sponsoring organization, domain actions which have been processed since March 8, 2013 through the Meridian system will not be reflected in the new .VG zone. In order to become an accredited KSregistry .VG registrar please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide you the RRA for signature.
The KSregistry GmbH, a fully-owned subsidiary of the international domain registrar Key-Systems GmbH, provides a customized registry operation and comprehensive tools to facilitate registrations at registry, registrar and reseller levels. Due to the modular character of KSregistry’s services, the customer-specific solution can be expanded and modified according to changing needs at all times. KSregistry is based on a TIER III architecture which guarantees maximum security for all services. By using the data center of SKYWAY, a 100 per cent Key-Systems subsidiary, fast reaction times and full process control are secured.
AdamsNames Limited, since 1999 the official administrator for the country code top level domains (ccTLDs) .TC, .VG and .GD, has partnered with the KSregistry GmbH to operate these TLDs.
AdamsNames will use KSregistry as basic, technical framework for domain registration and management. The German based provider KSregistry GmbH offers a customized technical registry operation and comprehensive tools to facilitate registrations at registry, registrar and reseller levels. KSregistry is a fully-owned subsidiary of the international domain registrar Key-Systems GmbH. Supported by KSregistry GmbH, AdamsNames Limited launched the operation of the ccTLDs .TC (Turks And Caicos Islands), .VG (Virgin Islands) and .GD (Grenada) on August 13, 2012.
âAdamsNames has decided for a registry solution tailored to its needs and customers’ wishes by choosing KSregistry as technical basis for its ccTLDs. The KSregistry technique provides a stable, state-of-the art infrastructure for domain registration and management,â said Alexander Siffrin, CEO of KSregistry GmbH. âMany companies are offering TLD management services. With KSregistry we found a team with experience and a stable systemâ, adds Carsten Pauli, Director of AdamsNames Limited.
The registry solution of KSregistry GmbH offers features and functions for the successful technical operation of a registry. Due to the modular character of KSregistry’s services, the customer-specific solution can be expanded and modified according to changing needs at all times. KSregistry is based on a TIER III architecture which guarantees maximum security for all services. By using the data center of SKYWAY, a 100 per cent Key-Systems subsidiary, fast reaction times and full process control are secured.