No midnight stampede for rude domains

Nobody appears to have rushed to register .nz domain names based on seven 'offensive' words since a ban was lifted at midnight last night.

Nobody appears to have rushed to register .nz domain names based on seven "offensive" words since a ban was lifted at midnight last night.

As of 7.30 this morning, the names were still available - in contrast to the response to a similar move on .com, .net and .org domains last year, which saw names snapped up within minutes.

Isocnz chair Peter Dengate Thrush said yesterday that the policy move came after Isocnz sought wide public feedback and received very little opposition to it.

"From a philosophical point of view Isocnz does not see itself as an appropriate body to set or impose standards of public decency, and at a practical level there are thousands of Domain names being registered each month and physically checking each registration is simply not practical," he said.

"The seven words are basically Anglo-Saxon biological terms and banning them does not take account of what may be seen as offensive to different religions, foreign cultures or seen as blasphemy."

The same words could also be registered once translated into foreign languages, as the ban only applied to words in English.

Dengate Thrush said applications would be actioned by New Zealand domain name registry Domainz on a first come first served basis.

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