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How is it possible for websites to operate under urls that aren't allowed and aren't registered? For example, have a look at www.1.fm

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It's possible for websites to operate under unregistered URLs the same way we have unregistered domain names. Some companies used unregistered URLs and domain names to protect their own interests. You'll get a list of unregistered domains at http://archive.icann.org/en/registrars/accredited-list.html.

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I know it seems possible - from the example I gave. But the question is how is it possible?
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Further: most domains need at least two and often three characters. "1" is therefore unavailable from virtually all domain name providers. From this, 1.fm, x.fm etc simply cannot be registered. Yet go to this url and up it comes in the top bar. Very clever but how is it done? And what would be to prevent someone else hijacking the very same "domain"?
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