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Be Careful About Buying .ly Domains

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Many people are familiar with the great URL shortener, bitly. bitly used to be bit.ly, but they’ve recently moved to bitly.com. But why? Many .ly domain owners are finding themselves in an unfortunate predicament. The Libyan domain registry has been siezing domain names from non-Libyan domain owners. Though their motives are unclear, what is clear is that buying .ly domains if you’re not Libyan is not a recommended practice. So, think twice before you buy domains that are registered to certain countries. You never know when they’re going to claim them.

Read more about vb.ly’s experience at Ben Metcalfe’s blog.

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4 Responses to “Be Careful About Buying .ly Domains”

  1. Hadi Naser October 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm #


    I work at Libyan Spider registrar of .ly domain names, I can confirm that the registry of .ly domain names is not siezing any domain names for non-Libyan domain owners. This is a rumor, we have been receiving registrations from thousands of international clients.

    The registry of .ly has an agreement with ICANN and tehy respect all the terms and condition in this agrement to serve all the clients locally and globally.

    I personally have nothing to do with the Libyan government but I have to tell the truth that vb.ly was not seized by the Libyan government. Some details on this story can be found here http://www.quora.com/Did-nic-ly-really-send-warning-letters-to-VB-ly-or-did-they-shut-it-down-without-warning.

    If you notice all the posts about .ly no one has a reliable source, the just come up with the story based on their own thoughts.

    Anyone would like to know more can contact Libyan Spider all contact details can be found at http://ls.ly

    Hadi Naser

  2. admin December 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Hadi, thanks for stopping by and voicing your opinion. We welcome the insights.

  3. Anon December 25, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    Thanks for the info Hadi, helps ease my mind.ly :]

  4. Roy Marvelous November 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    bit.ly still works so obviously hasn’t been seized…

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