John Murrell

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Sure, that “.ly” country-code domain lends itself to some catchy product names, most notably URL shortening services like and But the wisdom of building a service on a government-controlled domain has always been debatable, and doubly so when that government is Libya’s. Just ask Ben Metcalfe and Violet Blue, whose year-old, “adult friendly” link-shortening service was abruptly shut down because a lot of those links pointed to content that violated Islamic law. Libyan Net authorities said they had no problem with general-use shorteners, but the folks might want to study up on Sharia just in case.