Includes offensive words in the .il domain name registry
Following Israel Internet Association’s (ISOC-IL) Offensive Domain Names Reviewing Committee’s decision, ISOC-IL decided to remove a pre-determined restriction on the submission of a registration request that includes offensive words in the .il domain name registry.
Therefore, due to the decision, ISOC-IL revoke the restriction on the word FUCK and registration requests will be considered on a First Come, First Served basis.
The .il. Section 8.3 of the registration rules permits ISOC-IL to ban Domain Names containing obscene words and names incorporating foul language; names that are injurious to public order or to public sensibilities, or names that otherwise do not comply with the laws of the State of Israel.
Recently, requests for the registration of domain names fuckme.co.il and fucku.co.il were submitted to the Registry, these registration requests were transferred to the Committee for the Examination of Offensive Names, which ruled that there is no impediment to registering these domain names, and generally ruled that there is no offensive text per se (Although some combination of it with other words may be considered as such).
ISOC-IL commissioned the Offensive Domain Names Reviewing Committee established in February 2012 to determine whether specific words are allowed as part of new domain names, per the Association’s registration rules. The volunteers-based Committee consists of intellectuals, legal and cyber experts: Hank Nussbacher, Chairman; author Yochi Brandes; Justice (ret.) Dr. Iris Soroker; and Dr. Assaf Wiener.
In light of the Committee’s decision, ISOC-IL decided to remove any restriction related to other words previously defined as offensive, except words explicitly banned by the Committee.
The Committee’s decisions are available online via ISOC-IL’s website:
In the event that there is a concern by the registry staff that approval of the registration of a particular domain name may offend the public’s feelings, this request will be forwarded to the committee for a decision according to its procedure.