Dec 13 2009
The .cn Top Level Domain has been frequently associated with malware, pornography and spamvertising. In an apparent effort to clean up the TLD, China NIC has started requiring a business license in order to register a .cn domain.
The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) published a notice Sunday saying that applicants must submit written applications to the registration agents. The written materials must include an application form with an official seal, an enterprise business license and the registrant’s ID card.
In addition, the NIC will actually attempt to notify and verify individually owned .cn sites. If a site owner doesn’t respond in after five days, the domain will be revoked.
CNNIC plans to verify the information of the owners of personal site in the nation. Those found unqualified to have a site will be required to update the information in five working days, otherwise they will be shut down.
This is an interesting development. Clearly, something needed to be done about the .cn TLD garbage sites clogging up the tubes. I’m not sure what this means for individual site operators though. I’m sure it is still possible for individuals within the PRC to get a non-cn TLD and host their websites outside of the mainland.
Source: “All .cn websites require business license” – http://business.globaltimes.cn/china-economy/2009-12/491515.html – Linked from Danwei.
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