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.republican has GOP worried

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A domain name speculator is applying for .republican, reports the National Journal, which cheekily asks whether www.vote.republican could end up as a porn site.

Please don’t give Larry Flynt any ideas.

United TLD Holdco has been applying for top-level domains, including .democrat and .republican, presumably to buy up the names and sell them to the highest bidder.

“It’s not appropriate for them to run something that is called .republican,” Chris Jankowski, the president of the Republican State Leadership Committee tells the Journal. “Part of the new Internet is about making sure the people who have the interest in the brand, in this case political parties, not just crass commercial interest.” Jankowski’s group has filed a challenge.

What’s the new Internet? URLs now have limited generic domains, such as .com and .org, and country code endings, such as .uk. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a California-based nonprofit, has been working on expanding the possibilities for domain name endings, such as .bible, .tattoo, .porn and .democrat and .republican.

Dave Panos, a director at United TLD, says the challenge is without merit.

“They need to prove that they are the sole representative of a well-defined community,” he tells the journal. “In that definition is where their argument breaks down. There isn’t even a well-defined group of Republicans in this country. Not to mention the world.”

Well, at least Republicans have have control over .gop, according to the journal.

This item appears in abbreviated form in the Aug. 27 edition of the Tribune-Review. You can find This Just In in the print edition of the Trib on Tuesday and Friday. This Just In is compiled by M.S. Scully.

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