In a bid to combat the rise of ‘creepy’ videos on the web, the Indian government has started issuing takedown notices for some of the world’s most popular domains.
The government has also started issuing domain name takedown notices on the popular video sharing platform, YouTube, which has come under heavy fire in the past few weeks over the content of videos posted on the site.
As per a press release from the government, YouTube is not allowed to sell domains that are registered under a person’s name or to be used by a person in India or outside of the country.
The notice says that, under the provisions of Section 3(b) of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the registrar of domain names can only be called upon to enforce the provisions against registered persons in India.
According to the notice, the registrant must be registered with the Registrar of Companies (ROC) and submit the requested details of the domain name and the relevant details relating to the registrars activities for five years.
The information submitted with the domain names shall also be verified to ensure that the domain does not belong to a foreign person or to a person of a foreign nationality.
The registrar can also be called to issue an interim registration certificate (IRC) for domain names with a valid ITR number for one year from the date of registration.
This means that, if the IRC is valid, the name can be registered.
The government also has asked the registries website owners to register domain names on a government-wide basis.
According the government’s notification, the domains will also be subject to a two-step process: firstly, they will be deemed as ‘suspicious’ and a domain name may be suspended.
Secondly, the domain will be suspended for three years.
In a press conference held in Delhi on Friday, the government also said that it will take steps to ensure the registration of domain name owners with the right to apply for an extension of time to apply.