Domain name dispute in Canadian House of Commons

It’ll be interesting to see what comes of the domain name dispute debate which took place in the House of Commons over same-sex marriage opponents who registered MP’s names as domains and setup websites on them to drum up support for their cause.

As Michael Geist comments, the actions are nebulous and under the current rules in place at CIRA, these do not consitute “bad faith” registrations and thus not really eligible for action under the CDRP.

I don’t expect this to be added to the agenda for next week’s CIRA Board meeting in St. John’s Newfoundland (my last one as a director), but we may get a few questions on it during the public forum.

What eludes me in this day and age is how semi-public figures like politicians don’t bother registering their own names as domain names as a matter of course. At the very least they can avoid situations like this and at best the clueful (and bold) ones can run blogs on their own domain names.

Note: I later found out that this domain was registered and then allowed to lapse, where it subsequently washed out via TBR and was picked up by the current registrant. While there are, I am sure, other members of the politburo who have not adequately guarded their own named domains, this illustrates another point, that of formulating a coherent domain registration and retention policy within your organization, as described in our Domain Management Resources: 10 Domain Management Tips article.