Chinese Olympic Team: Win A Gold Medal, Get A .cn Domain Reserved

For many a Chinese athlete at the Games, winning a gold medal has never gotten better. The newest reason why: CNNIC.

Yes, you heard it right: Sohu IT forums has it that the Chinese NIC is about to reserve, or at the very least, dispute .cn domains registered after the opening ceremonies if the domain is the name of a gold medalist. You’re probably safe if you grabbed the .cn domain before August, but if you’re grabbing it after the 8th, you could be in for some serious research.

Take the domain wuminxia.cn, named after Wu Minxia, a gold medalist. Now if you’re Wu Minxia in person, that domain belongs to you — but the sports authorities will have to double-check. If you’re someone else after the domain, you might be able to register it — only to get the domain taken away from you and be refunded if the sports authorities find out that you’re but a cybersquatter.

This gets interesting. What if your name is precisely Wu Minxia, but you haven’t won a gold medal? We smell… tension mounting, to say the very least. It’s not going to get nice…

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