For Sale: Web Domain in Retired King’s Name

The Internet domain name noro­domsihanouk.com is up for sale for a proposed $990, according to a message posted on the domain and viewed Monday.

“The owners of the domain name norodomsihanouk.com are ac­cepting offers from interested parties willing to obtain ownership rights over the domain name,” the message reads. “This is a good faith offer.”

Buyers interested in the domain bearing the name of retired King Norodom Sihanouk are invited to fill a form included on the Web site.

The message gives the figure of $990 as an indication on the price.

The owners are not identified, but a message on intellectual property issues reads: “The owner of this domain name also registers other domain names daily, in a manner of mass production.”

It was unclear Monday when and if the retired King has previously used norodomsiha­nouk.com, and when the domain name was established.

Norodom Sihanouk uses noro­dom­siha­nouk.info to broadcast his views on current affairs; while at norodomsihanouk.org, music clips and information on his movies can be found under the heading: “This is a site dedicated to a very talented man who happens to be King.”

Prince Sisowath Thomico, a personal adviser to the retired King, did not immediately respond to e-mail queries about norodomsiha­nouk.com on Monday.

Asked whether someone other than the retired King would be al­lowed to post messages on a do­main in his name, government spokes­man Khieu Kanharith said a law is being drafted on cyber-crime, but referred further questions to the Ministry of Post and Telecom­munications.

So Khun, minister of Post and Telecommunications, declined com­ment on the issue.

Two sources at the Royal Palace said they were unaware of the do­main name being for sale.

 

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