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04|29|2008 04:23 pm EDT

Spanish Government’s Domain Names Held Ransom

by Chad Kettner in Categories: ccTLDs

A Spanish man is holding several government domain names for ransom until the Prime Minister agrees to correct the country’s “inequalities” in water supply and transfer water to all of the country’s drought stricken regions.

Following his recent re-election as Spain’s Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero announced the creation of four new ministries websites. Unfortunately, the government hadn’t registered the domain names yet, allowing an unnamed blogger from south-east Spain to buy them.

The man, who is upset that the government is exclusively supplying extra water to the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, is now calling for the Prime Minister to supply water to all areas of Spain as was agreed upon in a European Union led initiative four years ago.

Four years ago we had a great National Hydrological plan which would bring water to all the autonomous regions, the construction of which would be financed by entirely with EU funding,” the cybersquatter said on his blog. “Zapatero canceled that plan and now has agreed a project exclusively for Catalonia. Now all Spaniards must pay the bill to guarantee the Catalans have water.

The man has promised to return the domain names only after the government corrects the water supply issues. The government, on the other hand, is taking action to retrieve the domain names and is in the process of setting up alternative websites until this has happened.


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