Online battle for domain names of Sansha, a prefecture-level city in Hainan
One of the investors named "Luowuzhe" sold domain names related to the city on a website on July 8 for a price of 200 yuan ($31).
Among other related domain names: sansha.com was registered in 1995, sansha.com.cn in 2002 and sansha.cn in 2004, according to an official with the China Internet Network Information Center.
The above domain names are legal as they were registered far before the city’s establishment, the official said. Agencies, organizations and individuals can purchase them by negotiation with the owners or file a lawsuit.
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