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Australia In Top 10 For Domain Name Registration

According to recent domain name registration data, Australia currently ranks number 7 in the world in terms of volume of registered domain names. 

As at 5 July 2010,  2,480,469 domain names were registered in Australia; an increase of 38,306 registrations over the previous week. Registration expiries amounted to 22,495, making for a net gain for the period of 15,811. The latest figures translate to approximately one domain name currently registered for every two Australians.

The full top 10 list:

1 United States 71,877,712
2 Germany 6,253,758 
3 United Kingdom 4,215,016
4 China 4,045,287
5 Canada 3,686,141 
6 France 2,911,440 
7 Australia 2,480,469
8 Japan 1,877,201
9 Spain 1,364,684 
10 Italy 1,306,431 

Globally, the total number of registered domain names for the period ending 5 July 2010 stood at 114,852,659. In the week leading up to the 5th, 773,243 new domains were registered and 558,271 expired, making for a net growth of 214,972.

Trivia: The vast majority of registered domain names do not have active web sites associated with them. Many people register domain names to protect their brands from cybersquatters or for speculation and resale purposes. Cybersquatting is registering a domain name associated with another party's brand for the purposes of profit. While cybersquatting is illegal in most countries, the process of regaining control of a "stolen" name can be time-consuming.

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