In order to protect brands or business names, I register domain names in many countries from time to time. The differences of prices for the same commodity –top level domain– are striking: the most expensive domains are Norwegian (more than 100 €), followed by French and Spanish ones (more than 15 €).
I also found that the most obstrusive national authorities are in France, Ireland and Canada. They impose registrants to have a local presence in their territory, such as a company or subsidiary. The terms and conditions at the registrars’ checkout pages are typically boring legal texts. I found a funny paragraph in the Canadian terms; it specifies who can register domains in Canada, among others:
- Aboriginal Peoples. Any Inuit, First Nation, Metis or other people indigenous to Canada, any individual belonging to any Inuit, First Nation, Metis or other people indigenous to Canada and any collectivity of such Aboriginal peoples;
- Her Majesty the Queen. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second and her successors;
- Indian band. Any Indian band as defined in the Indian Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. I-5, as amended from time to time, and any group of Indian bands;
What? Does the Duke of Edinburgh, the Queen’s husband, know that her wife is mentioned among aboriginal peoples and Indian bands in Canadian legal texts?
If she does, how does she prove her identity to the Canadians? Tick on the box below if you are the Queen? Scan your photo ID and send it over by email? Write the secret answer to the question: who in your family is the most inadequate human-being?
And does she have to checkout at the payment process to pay for her domains or does a quick call to her bankers at Coutts or the HM Treasury sort things out?