Two restricted legal top level domain names become available today.
Minds + Machines releases the highly-anticipated .law and .abogado (Spanish for lawyer) domain names today.
There’s no room for speculation in these domain names unless you are a lawyer. You have to be a licensed lawyer to register the domain names.
The domains aren’t cheap, either. At NamesCon last year, Minds + Machines CEO Antony Van Couvering said the wholesale price of .law domains would be about $150. It’s possible that’s changed since then, but 101Domain is charging $324 for a one year registration.
I suspect that .Law was the domain name that Minds + Machines received a $15 million investment for.
It’s a great top level domain name, but I’ll be curious to see how the registration restrictions affect adoption.
In other new TLDs this week, Rightside releases two new domain names in Early Access: .studio and .live. You’ll pay a premium to buy these domain names starting this Wednesday, and prices revert to about $25 retail starting Wednesday, October 28.