Art.sy is no doubt unfortunate to be in this situation. It presumably didn’t intend to break sanctions and seemingly didn’t even know that it might be violating sanctions until Slate approached it. Nevertheless, its use of a Syrian domain name has gone from being in questionable taste to being of questionable legality. Where this leaves Art.sy and its investors is uncertain. But what it does demonstrate is the shocking insularity of the dot.com and fine-art worlds. In seeking a cute and easily tweetable brand name, Art.sy ended up owning a bloodstained one.