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April 07, 2006

.EU Domains on General Sale

I note from EU Observer (via An Englishman’s Castle) that we hoi polloi, the general citizens of this nirvana that is the Glorious European Union, are able from today to buy domains ending in .eu.

Wondrous eh? Only four months after businesses and public bodies. There is supposed to be some sort of regulation of who can get what and I’m not really sure whether this applies to us citizens buying whatever we want with our money. Still I’m sure we’ll find out. For, umm, I decided to go and spend some of my hard earned cash on something that I think I’ll really rather treasure in the years and decades to come (if I’m allowed to keep it, of course).

An email from GoDaddy:

Dear Tim Worstall,

Thank you for ordering from GoDaddy.com! This email contains important information regarding your recent purchase — please save it for reference.

QTY ITEM PRICE
1 .EU Domain Name Registration -
1 Year
$14.75
FUCKTHE.EU

Subtotal:   $14.75
Shipping & Handling:   $0.00
Tax:   $0.00
Total:   $14.75

You’d think that someone would have blocked (or already purchased) such an  obvious one. Perhaps it’ll get blocked later.

But on the assumption that it doesn’t, what shall we do with it? Any ideas?

Update: Wouldn’t you know it? Our glorious EU? Via Damien Mulley.

Opening day of this wonderful opportunity to purchase your .eu domain. The idea of the .eu domain was floated in 1999. As we’re told in the comments it was actually approved at the Lisbon Summit. So they’ve had 6 years to get ready for this grand day. This new, grand, top level layer of the internet, something that is going to push the EU into the forefront, make it the most innovative and knowledge based society on the planet.

6 years remember.

The whois lookup is down. That’s right. The day when the general public can go buy things is also the day that anyone can buy anything, whether already reserved or not, because no one can check what is already reserved or bought.

And people wonder why I’m against the EU.

Ceterum Censeo Unionem Europaeam Esse Delendam.

Worstall3_8_22

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Comments

Point it here?

Posted by: Alastair | Apr 7, 2006 11:57:21 AM

I hope godaddy gives a money back if not successful service - I ordered fuckthe.eu from 123-reg last night as well....

Posted by: The Englishman | Apr 7, 2006 12:03:31 PM

Surely fuck.eu would have been better?

Tim adds: That’ll go to a pornographer I expect. What we will have to find out though is who actually does get it. I can’t believe that I and The Englishman are the only two people who thought of that domain name this morning.

Posted by: Matthew | Apr 7, 2006 12:41:49 PM

Tim, as a Trade Mark Attorney I've been working on .eu matters for some clients for a little while now.

Yuo won't be surprised to learn that the .eu domain idea was officially conceived back in 1999, and that it was at the Lisbon Summit a little over 6 years' ago that it was official approved. So, only 6 years to organise something supposedly vital to making the EU the most dynamic trading zone in the world...

You also won't be surprsied to learn that associated with it are two separate Commission Regulations and a 30-pgae Rule book.

Good work for Trade Mark Attorneys, I say!

Posted by: JT | Apr 7, 2006 1:36:06 PM

Godaddy.com?

Errrrgh. Hope you like your new phisher mates.

Posted by: Alex | Apr 7, 2006 3:44:00 PM

It's things like this that offer me the one glimmer of hope I have re the ID card issue. If government-procured IT staff can't even set up a proxy server properly, then what chance do they have of making anything but a total pig's ear of an ID database?

If you plot quality along the x axis and price along the y, commercial IT solutions tend to occupy the lower right area. Government IT solutions are clustered in the top left (indeed, many of them never even get an x coordinate, as they fail spectacularly while costing eye-watering sums (Wessex Health Authority, London Ambulance Service, etc ad libertam).

Posted by: David Gillies | Apr 7, 2006 5:13:52 PM

I wanted to reg constitution.eu and put some text going "It doesn't fucking exist"

UKIP.eu is taken but UKIndependence.eu is available. Maybe the UK Independence folks should try and get it?

Posted by: Damien Mulley | Apr 7, 2006 5:14:36 PM

Set up a server and start an e-mail service

Anoneumouse@Fuckthe.EU

Brilliant

Posted by: Anoneumouse | Apr 7, 2006 5:55:40 PM

Surely someone by now has registered the domain name: sleaze.eu

Think of all the traffic and inquiries that would generate.

Posted by: Bob B | Apr 7, 2006 9:14:39 PM

fu.eu ?

Posted by: ziz | Apr 7, 2006 11:08:12 PM

Sorry to see you didn't get it, Tim.

Posted by: JT | Apr 7, 2006 11:47:40 PM

Yes but who did get it?

P.S. I like the new 'mad, bad and dangerous to know from the Europhile perspective' opening line.

I always did have a thing for bad boys.

Tim adds: This bloke got it:

Stu Coates
Filesystem Software Ltd.

Posted by: auntymarianne | Apr 8, 2006 8:23:12 AM

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20060412

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20060413

Posted by: Tom Joyce | Apr 14, 2006 11:28:24 PM

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20060412

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20060413

Posted by: Tom Joyce | Apr 14, 2006 11:35:22 PM

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20060412

http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=20060413

Posted by: Tom Joyce | Apr 14, 2006 11:38:09 PM

Bother, sorry for the multiple comment; anyhow, the cartoons I linked to are quite apt and amusing...

Posted by: Tom Joyce | Apr 15, 2006 12:31:39 AM

It's a good initiative to start the .eu TLD.
I guess there are always people who are negative about anything.

Posted by: Mick | May 9, 2006 9:54:33 AM