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Kevin Faler, a former police officer who made it his business to crack down on narcotics, has gone and registered over 1,000 Internet domain names related to marijuana. He’s just one of many who to hope to cash in on their stockpile of domains should Proposition 19 go through, The New York Times reports.

Proposition 19 is a California ballot that seeks to legalize up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use.

“Marijuana domain name values will fly off the charts once Prop 19 passes,” Faler hopes. “I’m hoping to make enough money to buy a condo in Morocco. That’s how big it’s going to be.”

As you can imagine, with over 1,000 marijuana-related domain names under his belt, more than a handful are…creative. Some of his more unusual domains include potfordogs.com and icecreammarijuana.com.

Will Faler’s strategy prove profitable? That’s hard to say, but it’s worth noting that some domain names go for big bucks. Sex.com, for example, recently sold for $13 million. Marijuana.com sold for $1 million back in 2004, and the company that owns it has recently turned several offers in excess of $2 million.

If you’re a user of iOS devices like the iPhone or iPad, you might want to snap up VLC for your chosen device before it’s gone forever. Rémi Denis-Courmont, one of the principal developers of VLC, explained that VideoLAN (the foundation that supports VLC) is not pleased with how the app is distributed. They have filed a notice of copyright infringement with Apple that may force the removal of the app.

As it turns out, VLC for iOS is developed by a 3rd party developer called Applidium. Apple’s iTunes terms allow VLC to only be installed on 5 devices. This is a form of DRM, and as you may know, VLC is open source and distributed under the GPL. That means Apple’s DRM scheme is unacceptable to the VideoLAN foundation. 

Apple has, in the past, simply removed apps that fall into a similar category. It’s spectacularly unlikely that they’d modify their terms for this one app, even if it is so high profile. Denis-Courmont contends that open source software would not be where it is today if not for licenses like GPL, and perhaps users should be looking for apps on more open platforms. 

vlc

 

Kevin Faler, a former police officer who made it his business to crack down on narcotics, has gone and registered over 1,000 Internet domain names related to marijuana. He’s just one of many who to hope to cash in on their stockpile of domains should Proposition 19 go through, The New York Times reports.

Proposition 19 is a California ballot that seeks to legalize up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use.

“Marijuana domain name values will fly off the charts once Prop 19 passes,” Faler hopes. “I’m hoping to make enough money to buy a condo in Morocco. That’s how big it’s going to be.”

As you can imagine, with over 1,000 marijuana-related domain names under his belt, more than a handful are…creative. Some of his more unusual domains include potfordogs.com and icecreammarijuana.com.

Will Faler’s strategy prove profitable? That’s hard to say, but it’s worth noting that some domain names go for big bucks. Sex.com, for example, recently sold for $13 million. Marijuana.com sold for $1 million back in 2004, and the company that owns it has recently turned several offers in excess of $2 million.

If you’re a user of iOS devices like the iPhone or iPad, you might want to snap up VLC for your chosen device before it’s gone forever. Rémi Denis-Courmont, one of the principal developers of VLC, explained that VideoLAN (the foundation that supports VLC) is not pleased with how the app is distributed. They have filed a notice of copyright infringement with Apple that may force the removal of the app.

As it turns out, VLC for iOS is developed by a 3rd party developer called Applidium. Apple’s iTunes terms allow VLC to only be installed on 5 devices. This is a form of DRM, and as you may know, VLC is open source and distributed under the GPL. That means Apple’s DRM scheme is unacceptable to the VideoLAN foundation. 

Apple has, in the past, simply removed apps that fall into a similar category. It’s spectacularly unlikely that they’d modify their terms for this one app, even if it is so high profile. Denis-Courmont contends that open source software would not be where it is today if not for licenses like GPL, and perhaps users should be looking for apps on more open platforms. 

vlc

 

Kevin Faler, a former police officer who made it his business to crack down on narcotics, has gone and registered over 1,000 Internet domain names related to marijuana. He’s just one of many who to hope to cash in on their stockpile of domains should Proposition 19 go through, The New York Times reports.

Proposition 19 is a California ballot that seeks to legalize up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use.

“Marijuana domain name values will fly off the charts once Prop 19 passes,” Faler hopes. “I’m hoping to make enough money to buy a condo in Morocco. That’s how big it’s going to be.”

As you can imagine, with over 1,000 marijuana-related domain names under his belt, more than a handful are…creative. Some of his more unusual domains include potfordogs.com and icecreammarijuana.com.

Will Faler’s strategy prove profitable? That’s hard to say, but it’s worth noting that some domain names go for big bucks. Sex.com, for example, recently sold for $13 million. Marijuana.com sold for $1 million back in 2004, and the company that owns it has recently turned several offers in excess of $2 million.

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