LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a move that heightens the growing tension between Silicon Valley and Hollywood, Wikipedia and other websites went dark Wednesday in protest of two congressional proposals intended to thwart the online piracy of copyrighted movies and TV programs. Source: Protest exposes Silicon Valley-Hollywood rivalry – Yahoo! News.
I wrote the following on the PopVOX website.
I oppose H.R. 3261: Stop Online Piracy Act because…it will punish every Internet consumer. First, everyone should know that the Internet removed barriers to both legitimate and illegitimate business around the globe. Second, America is a large part of the global economy and the Internet. If Hollywood or US pharmacies want to fight piracy and fraud they need to do that on their own terms and not punish the global economy. I can sympathize that they loose billions, but every industry looses to global competition – that is a consequence of globalization. America can no longer put up barriers to global commerce.
Starting tomorrow you can register your own top-level domain (TLD) name, e.g. http://chris.siems
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the organization that manages website domain suffixes, opened up top-level domains to be whatever the domain owner wants – for a price of course. They will accept applications for these new custom TLDs between January 12 and April 12. ICANN expects that the first batch of new gTLDs will be operational at the beginning of 2013.
The non-refundable price to apply is $185,000. If your domain is accepted you can expect to pay a $25,000 annual maintenance fee.
Like everything new and shiny and expensive, I’ll wait for the price to drop before I register chris.siems.