• COUNTRY WEB DOMAINS CAN’T BE SEIZED

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    WASHINGTON D.C.: The Internet’s regulatory authority said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that country-specific Web domains cannot be seized in court proceedings, as it sought to quash an effort to recover assets in terrorism-related lawsuits. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said it filed its argument in response to lawsuits by victims of acts of terror who were seeking to seize the Web domains of Iran, Syria and North Korea to collect on civil damage judgments—potentially shutting down Internet access in the countries. The response was to petitions filed by victims of terror and family members of those who have been injured or killed in attacks believed to be sponsored by the countries, and are seeking to seize the so-called “country code top level domains,” such as .ir for Iran, .sy for Syria and .kp for North Korea. ICANN general counsel John Jeffrey said in a statement that these domains are not assets which can be seized.

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