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The '.Us' Internet Domain

20 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2001  

Peter B. Maggs

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College

Date Written: 2001


A vast increase in usage and new legal problems are about to occur in the ".us" domain. Soon, the domain will become very popular, because anyone with a United States nexus will be able to register a second level domain name, such as "". The United States government is entrusting management of the ".us" domain to a private contractor. The privatization plan is poorly designed. It will repeat the problems that have emerged with ".com" and ".biz" and create a number of new legal difficulties. This paper points out the shortcomings in the privatization plan and suggests some possible remedies.

Keywords: Domain names, Internet

JEL Classification: K0, K2

Suggested Citation

Maggs, Peter B., The '.Us' Internet Domain (2001). U Illinois Law & Economics Research Paper No. 00-27. Available at SSRN: or

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