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In China, government may snatch up your domains which have political meanings..........

Comments (10)

That sucks.... how do you know this? happened to you?..

Comment #1

You can read this article:

The domain name "" was snatched up by Xinhuanet finally........

Comment #2

That article says absolutely nothing about domains being taken away by the government... In fact, it states that the registration of those domains is perfectly legal.

Maybe I'm missing something?..

Comment #3

I am sorry..

If you type into your address bar, you can see the website is xinhuanet, about "Two Conference", actually this domain is xinhuanet's now. You may not know Xinhua News Agency is the official News Agency of the government, and they just acquire this domain without paying money to it's original owner..

There are some chinese articles about the issue, but I think you could not read Chinese...

Comment #4

Thanks for the explanation, and no I cant read Chinese It seems odd that they would write a story about the domains, talking about how it's legal and then turn around and snatch them... Just seems that if you're planning to do something like that, you would try to make it seem illegal or at the very least, not draw attention to it.

Doesn't surprise me though... I dont really know the political makeup in China, but thats certainly one thing to consider when investing in foreign domains, the fact that government officials can pretty much do whatever they want...

Comment #5

Like I said before, don't always believe everything you read online, especially.

If the source is potentially "questionable". Try to verify it elsewhere.

Shorthand answer is to read the domain provider's fine prints. That can give.

You some ideas if a government agency can "take your domain name away"...

Comment #6

Well, not starting a political discussion, but if that country can do THIS , what do a few domains matter?..

Comment #7

I've heard from several people that live and work in China that investing in .cn domains is a very bad idea for just that reason...

Comment #8

What's the importance of to the government of China? Seems it's the name of a two-meeting government function in which case the government has rights to the name. It's similar to TM law I would assume. In America we have emminent domain which allows the government to seize ANYONES property for the good of public use...

Comment #9

Please DO NOT believe this..

This report of course is biased..

I don't like my government in some areas. But every NORMAL person in China know that our government is not a barbarity one...

Comment #10

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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