Pirate Bay Founder Fights For Your Right To Register Domains Anonymously, No Matter How Objectionable You Are
Posted in: Domain Names at 20/04/2017 21:34
The 38-year-old Pirate Bay co-founder and Swedish politician Peter Sunde has started a new business that allows almost anyone, anywhere to register domain names anonymously. Well, actually, you don’t register the domain name yourself. They register it for you and the domain name will be in their name. They claim if you want the domain name back, no problems, no additional costs.
Which raises a host of interesting questions such as what happens if their business goes down the gurgler. It also opens up the option for all sorts of crooks and shysters and copyright abusers, as well as human rights activists, to register domain names and not have their identity blown. They do say they “will help if there are legal merits to any formal government requests to our system.” The company is based in the small (93 square kilometres) Caribbean island of Nevis, which is also a tax haven.
The service, Njalla, which uses the Laos ccTLD (.la) and which in recent years has been used as an alternative for Los Angeles businesses, claims they’re helping registrants to “fight back ... in the world where peoples right to privacy and the right to be anonymous is under attack.”
Reading the .la WHOIS Privacy Service Agreement though makes one wonder how the business will fly. No doubt their lawyers have worked on it, but there appear to be grounds for copyright holders to challenge the service.
To quote the Njalla news release:
“The service is not a regular domain name reseller. We don’t sell you domain names actually. You pay us so we can buy one for ourselves. The price includes your right to use it. We’re even giving you access to our anycasted DNS service.
“Think of us as your friendly drunk (but responsibly so) straw person that takes the blame for your expressions. As long as you keep within the boundaries of reasonable law and you're not a right-wing extremist, we’re for promoting your freedom of speech, your political weird thinking, your kinky forums and whatever. Even Trump is welcome. Hell, he might even be a customer. We’ll never know. We might even be approved by him! Or not. We don’t really care.”
They don’t care very much who you are. They don’t even care if they hate what you do. They claim they’ll protect anyone’s anonymity. From criminals to human rights activists, you’re fine. A cynic might say it’s all about the money. And if you just want to use their services and not have anonymity, that’s fine too.
“We don’t need to know who you are, what you are, where you are. We don’t even need an e-mail address — we can do with an anonymous XMPP account you can set up somewhere,” they say in their news release. They’ll also host and allow you to pay with Bitcoin. The service is now open for beta testing for a limited number of customers.