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Ben Metcalfe has sent out a warning after one of his domains was recently shut down "because the content of our website, in their opinion, fell outside of Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law."
therefor according to the letter of the law, vb.ly should not have been taken down
How’s that any different from a Western government taking down a site or a domain because they think it promotes copyright infringement or child #*$!ography or something similar? If you host a site in a particular country you have to play by their rules, and there’s nothing to say they have to be the same as the rules in your own country. The Libyan action seems perfectly reasonable to me.
The Libyan action seems perfectly reasonable to me.
"in their opinion, fell outside of Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law."
Many will argue that Sharia law is far from reasonable when it comes to human rights and in this case commerce.
Now, had your domain merely been a URL shortener for general uses similar to bit.ly (as you claim) there would have been no problem with it.
It seems like vb.ly broke the rules and received several warnings.
It's official: the Libyan government has seized vb.ly. This was done with no warning.
Our domain ‘vb.ly’ (which was joint owned by myself and my partner Violet Blue)was deleted by NIC.ly without warning or notice on or around September 23rd 2010.
You may also not know that since June 2010 .ly domains less than 4 characters long may no longer be registered by anyone who isn’t in Libya – which suggests there is tension around foreign owned, high-value, short .ly domains.
"your domain being removed from NIC.LY records and made available for re-registration for locals"
In my opinion, the Libyan's are stealing domains back.