The .Pirate TLD is a domain space that was born out of the frustration of world governments attempting to dictate what a person can and cannot have on their websites.
It’s not just the United States; Libya and a few Middle Eastern countries have imposed censorship on their TLDs as well. What’s worse, they do not give you any warning and just decide one day “we don’t like this site, off”. Not understanding that it doesn’t remove the website’s contents and removes the ability for the website to have a fair trial in court.
.Pirate domains can be registered for free at dotpirate.me. The man behind the dotPirate project is Travis McCrea, Deputy Leader of the Canadian Pirate Party.
To prevent abuse, some of the more popular domains have already been reserved. As an extra bonus, people using blockaid.me for their DNS will already be able to access .pirate domains – they added support for OpenNIC over the weekend.
For those using OpenDNS, the provider announced a new service for Windows users last week. DNSCrypt, previously only available for Mac OSX and Linux, is a technology that encrypts all DNS traffic between an Internet user and the OpenDNS service. It can be downloaded here.