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  • From: Jeff Taylor <shdwdrgn AT>
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  • Subject: Re: [opennic-discuss] Seized poker domains
  • Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 22:09:02 -0600
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OK there are two ways to handle 'protecting' a domain name. I will use "" as an example. Please submit your opinions for each method, along with any additional pros and cons. Once a choice has been made on the methodology, I believe we will be ready to put the idea to a vote.

(1) Redirect queries to a temp page. When browsing the web, a user would see a page warning that the destination page has come under government control, and they are given the option to visit the original page, or the new (government-controlled) page. If choosing to visit the original page, the user would be redirected to something like "" which we create to contain NS and/or A records pointing to the original site.

- Users instantly know when a redirect is occurring

- Limits usage to web-only -- all other forms of queries would return the dns for the warning page.
- Requires maintaining additional zone files for each .glue domain created.
- Poorly-designed website will not functional correctly except from their original domains

(2) Create our own entries in the root record to point all queries back to the original domain. Create a custom build of bind9 which, when queried for "", will strip off the .icann portion and perform the lookup via an icann-based dns server.

- Seamless. To a user, it will be like the original site still exists.
- No additional zones will need to be created or maintained, although we will have to create the .icann TLD.
- The .icann queries can be distributed between any T1 or T2 servers willing to run the modified bind9.

- Users will not be made aware of the redirects. A wiki page will need to be created to list all 'protected' domains.
- Someone will have to create the modified bind9 code.
- The servers handling the .icann queries will need to be aware of the potential for abuse.

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