One of my more popular posts was a longish look at domain name registrations by large law firms in the new(ish) .law top-level domain.
A relevant development occurred several weeks ago, when several federal legislators complained that a proposed .cpa top-level domain should not be operated in a manner that allows any member of the public to register a domain name in the .cpa space.
The congressmen, in a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (PDF), argued that open registration of domain names in the .cpa top-level domain would create an unreasonable risk to the public. They want restrictions in .cpa along the lines of those proposed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, one of several applicants for the .cpa domain. Basically, the legislators want domain name sellers to verify the credentials of registrants in top-level domains associated with regulated industries and to limit registrations to credentialed applicants (licensed doctors in .doctor, licensed lawyers in .lawyer, veterinarians in .vet, et cetera).
ICANN has already rejected this argument — for .cpa and for many other domains targeting other professions and highly regulated industries. So far, so good within the legal profession. Lawyers today can choose among several inexpensively priced domains for use in their marketing campaigns.