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  • From: Travis McCrea <me AT>
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  • Subject: [opennic-discuss] dotPirate TLD - Discussion Phase
  • Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 14:48:22 -0700

Hey guys,
I am Travis, I run and I help out when I can in the
OpenNIC community.

I would like to create .pirate as a new TLD. I already have at least 10 sites
who will convert over to it, and I am a blogger for the very popular website which will give the TLD even more traction. I have
created and will work to create a very professional and
progressive presence within the OpenNIC community.

What Makes .pirate Different Than .p2p or .free
- .p2p is a great concept and I can't wait for it to come out, but even when
it does I foresee it taking a bit of work to have traction. It has an entire
new technology that has to be created and bugs to be worked out. Also p2p as
the name suggests is more for peer to peer things. .pirate is more of a free
speech platform.

- .free is a cool TLD but it's going to run into conflicts with ICANN soon,
and the people and sites that are big into the Pirate movement would be more
likely to use .pirate than .free especially if they are going to have to
register their domain name in two different places in the future.

What does .pirate bring to the community?
-Numbers. .pirate will be brining in new users and also we will be spending
money on an aggressive advertising campaign for torrent and filesharing
websites to start using our TLD along with the Pirate Parties around the
world who all use domains for each of their services (leading to tons and
tons of domains to be potentially used)

-Legitimacy. The dotPirate fund will be focused on making dotPirate a
legitimate service which focuses on outreach. Our design will remain clean
and professional. .pirate won't look like it was created by engineers and
like it can only be used by people with a CS degree, but anyone.


We don't feel it's a domains responsibility to play Internet Police. If the
police have a problem with the content on a website … then they can go take
down the server. We don't plan on deleting domains except for junk
"squatting" domains and by court order. This is what makes us a great
addition to OpenNIC.

Our charter can be found here:

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  • [opennic-discuss] dotPirate TLD - Discussion Phase, Travis McCrea, 03/31/2012

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