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Are you aware of the legal risks in owning a .com domain name?

If you have a .com domain name, or other at-risk domain names like .net or .org, you are subject to US domestic laws and jurisdiction.

This allows the US government to seize your website or even seek your extradition to the USA to stand trial, based on allegations of breaking their laws. You’re also at risk from any mistakes and collateral damage.

If these risks are acceptable, then there’s nothing to do.

If they aren’t, use domain names and servers outside US jurisdiction. That will reduce, but not entirely remove, misguided threats from the US Government to your legitimate activities online.