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Nominet proposes second level .uk domain names

October 1, 2012.uk, Domaining, Domainnamewire, mobilephones.co.uk, nominet, UncategorizedComments Off on Nominet proposes second level .uk domain names

Shorter .uk domain names may be on the horizon.

.UK domain name registry Nominet wants to allow businesses to register shorter .uk domain names.

The group has opened a three month consultation period for what it’s calling direct.uk — which is a catchy name for offering second level .uk domain names.

Right now only third level domains, such as name.co.uk, are available. Direct.uk would let businesses register name.uk.

The second level domains would likely include added security features such as daily malware scanning and Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC). Registrant verification may also be required.

Wholesale pricing would be £20 per year, which is nearly ten times the current third level pricing.

Registrants of existing third level .uk domain names may not automatically get rights in the same second level domain name, although there will be a sunrise period in which unregistered rights in a term may be considered.

All of the details are still up in the air pending the results of the consultation.


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MobilePhones.co.uk Sale May Result in Dropped Call

April 8, 2010Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, mobilephones.co.ukComments Off on MobilePhones.co.uk Sale May Result in Dropped Call

Sellers disputes auction, saying it didn’t authorize sale of domain.

Last month the domain name MobilePhones.co.uk sold on Sedo for 91,500 GPB. At the time, that was about $137,000 USD. Since then, the buyer received some unfortunate news: apparently the seller is saying it didn’t authorize the domain name to be sold.

In a lengthy (currently 12 page) thread at Acorn Domains, buyer Angie Barrow explains:

…I have just been informed by Sedo that the seller is disputing the auction and claims the name had not been authorised to be sold. I don’t know the precise circumstances yet but will find out.

Naturally I am distraught and will dispute this. I am not the only one thinking that I got the name at a bargain price – even the seller thinks so too!

Today I talked to Hugo Dalrymple-Smith, Director of UK Operations for Sedo, to get the latest. He said he can’t say much because its possible legal proceedings will be following.

“From our side, we have evidence that the seller put the domain into auction itself,” said Dalrymple-Smith.

Disputes from domain name owners who’s domains are sold in auction used to be common, but recent safeguards put in place by auction sites have limited such claims.

Hopefully this auction won’t end in a dropped call.


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