The use of particular top-level country domain names (e.g. .co.uk or .com) does add an element of trust to a visitor's impression of the site. On Thursday, the Metropolitan Police's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) closed 1,219 web sites selling fake designer goods.
Whilst I'm not suggesting that any readers of this blog were operating these sites, it is worth bearing in mind the sanctions that can be applied by the government for illegal trading. In this case, Nominet who maintain the register for .uk domains, were asked to take down the domain names to protect consumers and companies selling legitimate goods.
If the fake sites had not been on .co.uk domain, they may have been less able to con consumers into parting with their money and not receiving anything or buying counterfeit products, and the PCeU would have had a harder time taking action. Providing sufficient evidence has been gained, it appears these measures were appropriate in the circumstances.
Posted on: 08 December 2009 at 11:31 hrs