Volume 1, Issue 3 (Originally Published 12 March 2012)
March 15, 1985 – First .com Domain Name Registered
This Thursday will be the 27th anniversary of the first registered domain on the Internet, symbolics.com.
The domain belonged to a Massachusetts computer manufacturing company, which was established out of the then infamous MIT hacker community. The term ‘.com’ had intended to reflect its registration by commercial organisations, although this was eventually made redundant upon the arrival of ‘.org’ and ‘.net’ domains for unrestricted registrations.
Legal disputes in this area usually arise in the context of cybersquatting, where someone with no legitimate claim or interest in a trademarked name pre-emptively registers it in bad faith with the intention to either sell the name, prevent the trademark holder from accessing it, or direct web traffic away from it.
The power of the .com should not be underestimated - Sex.com is the most expensive domain name ever created, currently valued at $13 million. As of 2012, more than 95.5 million registered domains exist (including http://mudeminimis.com!)
For more .compelling facts on the world’s oldest .com, visit http://symbolics.com/.