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|Introduced||8 August 1995|
|TLD type||Country code top-level domain|
|Registry||Oyster Internet Services|
|Sponsor||Telecom Cook Islands|
|Intended use||Entities connected with the Cook Islands|
|Actual use||Gets some use on Cook Islands|
|Registration restrictions||Companies must use name based on their legal name|
|Structure||Registrations are made at the third level beneath second-level categories|
Registrations are within these second-level categories:
- .co.ck: business organizations
- .org.ck: not-for-profit organizations
- .edu.ck: educational institutions
- .gov.ck: government agencies
- .net.ck: Internet Service Providers
- .biz.ck: Business related pages for the Cook Islands
- .info.ck: Information pages relating to the Cook Islands
Requirements of .ck registration
Pre-requisites for applying for a domain is as follows:
- Non-resident domain applications cost €222.00 (EUR) for a minimum of 2 years, and must be renewed every 2 years thereafter.
- Applications for a domain if it is already taken or is not affiliated with brand or name identity to you or your company e.g. 'nice.co.ck', 'mobil.co.ck', etc.
- Domains considered profane will not be considered on any level, and the application will be dissolved with the applicant being notified, and future requests for the same domain name will be ignored. '.ck' domains are monitored on the web, on a regular basis for profanity on the Internet if it is found to be doing so, or if the site is deemed inappropriate, the domain will be terminated without notification or refund.
Usage of .co.ck
.co.ck has been used as a humorous domain suffix because of its similarity with the English profanity "cock":
- In the British sitcom Nathan Barley, the principal character registers his website, "trashbat", in the Cook Islands simply so that it has the suffix, which he always pronounces "dot cock."
- One of the payloads of the MEMZ trojan causes a user's computer to open satirical Google searches under "Google.co.ck"
- "Delegation Record for .CK". IANA. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
- "10 years on: Nathan Barley, the TV show that came true". VODzilla. 11 February 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
- White, Daniel (July 8, 2016). "Viewer-Made Malware 8 - MEMZ (Win32) (flashing lights warning)". Hackme.comYouTube. Retrieved March 4, 2021.