Webmasters Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pro webmasters. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Currently I live in the Netherlands. So, what if..

  • I register a .CN domainname and upload my website to it. Under which law is my website? The Chinese or the Dutch?
  • and I host my website at the Isle of Man, under which law is my website? The Chinese, the Dutch or Isle of man?
share|improve this question
Nice username ;) – John Conde Nov 21 '10 at 14:53
OT: Thank you, did you watch the Naked gun? ;-) – Enrico Pallazzo Nov 21 '10 at 14:56
I did. The Enrico Pallazzo part is one of my favorites. :) – John Conde Nov 21 '10 at 15:01
Bah.. One day you talk about him and a few days later he ain't no more :-( – Enrico Pallazzo Nov 29 '10 at 15:49
up vote 7 down vote accepted

All of the above.

You have to make sure you follow all of the rules set forth by the Chinese Gov't or whomever controls the .cn TLD. If you do not meet their criteria for use of a .cn domain name they can revoke it from you.

If your business, or you if you aren't a registered business, is located in the Netherlands, then you are subject to their laws.

If you host your website in the Isle of Man you also must follow their laws as they can shut down your service for violating it even if you aren't based there.

share|improve this answer
Maaaaaan, this really creates some problems. In the Netherlands software patents do NOT exist. Innovation ftw!! But when I place my website under a .com domain and use a CDN I am bound to the laws of at least 3 countries :( – Enrico Pallazzo Jun 21 '12 at 9:36

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.