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You've Heard of the .TV and .WS ccTLDs, Get Ready for .GOD

First there was .com, and it was good. And then domain policies changed, and it was bad. Joe Baptista was unsatisified with how the current domain registration business was going, so he took it to the top--all the way to the top--and created a new TLD (Top Level Domain) registry for .god domains. Soon you may be seeing domains such as good.god, my.god and ohmy.god along with all the other variations you can think of.

There won't be any restrictions on .god domains if Baptista has anything to do with it. "With respect to trademarks, my reply is what trademarks, or in the words of Brother Michael Crary, 'Language was given to us by god - so enjoy.' The dot.god tld will not respect trademarks--that's not our department nor do trademarks belong on the internet. As I said, dot.god is virtual real estate. We also don't expect to respect any court decisions, if there ever are any. It is up to a court of law to get you to cancel or transfer a dot.god domain--it's not our business to do that for them."

Baptista also feels that once you've named a domain, that's it, it's a done deal. He continues "...our position is--once registered--it's yours and that's that. It's a question of stability in our opinion. Host names should be permanent. They define resources--and not legal jibberish. Legal jibberish can change anytime a judge farts. And we find that sort of thing to cause a certain amount of instability in the net and a bad smell to boot." He believes that once a host name is assigned, it should remain that way, "The whole idea behind domain names is to identify permanent resources, be they web, ftp or mail. In the old days when a machine or resource was named, they stayed named. That provided the net with a high degree of permanence and stability. That's really our goal, to bring back the past."

So once a .god domain is registered through Joe's registry, does the domain become accessable for all internet users? Not yet, as Baptista's registry suffers from the same problems as other "new" TLD registries such as IOD's .web TLD registry. The new TLDs have to be accepted by the governing authority, in this case ICANN, and it has to be integrated into the root servers across the globe. The process has been ongoing since 1995. ICANN is expected to discuss the issue at their next meeting in July, and they are expected to introduce several new TLDs by the end of the year.