China Restricting People From Registering Domains

Contributing Writer

Looking to register your own personal domain for your own blog, or other web-based hobby in China? Well, too bad.

The China Information Network Center last week put a new regulation in place that requires domain name applicants to "submit the formal paper based application material when making the online application to the registrar. The application material includes the original application form with business seal, company business license (photocopy), and registrant ID (photocopy)."

Such regulation is in place "to further enhance the authenticity, accuracy, and integrality of the domain name registration information." This is also another effort to stop widespread pornographic content on personal websites.

The Next Web's report also suggests that owners of existing domains might be in trouble even if they were granted their names prior to this rule.

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