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Nominet proposes second level .uk domain names

October 1,, Domaining, Domainnamewire,, 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 — which is a catchy name for offering second level .uk domain names.

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

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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Tumblr picks up in dispute

May 29, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, nominet, Policy & Law, tumblr, Off on Tumblr picks up in dispute

Company turns to dispute resolution service to get control of key UK domain name.

Blogging service Tumblr has obtained the United Kingdom country code domain name through a dispute.

Tumblr filed the dispute with registry Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service against Paul Guerin of France. Guerin did not respond to the complaint, and the arbitration panelist issued a summary decision.

With .uk disputes, unlike .com and .net, arbitration panels can issue summary decisions in the the event the domain owner does not reply to the complaint. A summary decision allows the panelist to check boxes as to whether all elements of the policy have been met.

Various groups have pushed for similar rules to be applied to such “default” cases under UDRP.

There’s little information about the case because this was a summary decision.

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ClickZ Loses Dispute for United Kingdom Domain Name

April 5,, Domaining, Domainnamewire, nominet, Policy & LawComments Off on ClickZ Loses Dispute for United Kingdom Domain Name

Web site’s attempt to get rebuffed.

Popular online marketing web site has lost an arbitration case to get the domain name

Party Domain Limited registered back in 1999. The domain points to a lander for the company that has links to some of it online party supply stores.

ClickZ publisher Incisive Financial Publishing Limited sent a letter to Party Domain Limited in November 2010 asking it to clarify its intentions in relation to the Domain Name.

Party Domain Limited responded that “Our registration predates yours by a couple of years and our intentions are of no concern to you.”

After ClickZ pressed the company further, Party Domain sent a feisty response (in part):

…Adam is a very busy manager in our e-commerce department. Your e-mails are an unwelcome intrusion and I want you to stop sending them.

Adam has given you a clear and succinct answer.

We are members of Nominet and very familiar with the DRS. We would welcome the opportunity to establish our rightful ownership of the domain so please go ahead with your proposed complaint. Please do not feel you have to wait until the 17th to do so. I am sure you are aware that you
will have to establish that our ownership constitutes an “abusive registration”.

We will counter claim that in fact you are attempting a “reverse hijack” of our rightful ownership of…

So ClickZ did just that, filing a complaint.

In its complaint ClickZ cited the snarky responses as evidence of an abusive registration. The panelist disagreed:

Of course, while the Complainant is perfectly free to make enquiries of the Respondent in this respect, I do not regard the content of the Respondent’s correspondence at all exceptional given (a) that it is a “the first to file” system (b) the fact that the Respondent was unaware of the Complainant’s Clickz brand prior to receiving the letter of complaint and (c) the circumstances surrounding both the Respondent’s initial registration and subsequent use. In this regard, it is important to note that the Domain Name was registered in 1999 well before the filing date of the Clickz UK registered trade mark. In my view the Respondent was perfectly entitled to respond as it did…

Although the panelist found in favor of Party Domain Limited, he did not find ClickZ guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.

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A Trademark Sunrise for One Character Domain Names?

September 13, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, nominet, Policy & Law, trademark sunriseComments Off on A Trademark Sunrise for One Character Domain Names?

Plan sends wrong message about trademarks and domain names.

Nominet, which oversees the .uk namespace, will begin releasing one and two character third level .uk domain names later this year.

The process for releasing the domain names includes two trademark sunrise periods. A sunrise period is smart for the release of most new TLDs, as it gives rights holders the ability to protect their brands. But a sunrise for one and two character domains? That seems silly. It’s ridiculous to suggest that a one or two letter trademark can cover the entire spectrum of goods and services.

I can think of a couple short trademarks, such as HP. Should computer giant HP get Well, they actually already own it. But let’s assume this is one of the domains that was being released. Why would you hand over a two letter combination to a single company based on a trademark? It seems that there are many uses for any two letter combination, and restricting domain ownership to someone who has a trademark for one doesn’t add up in my book.

Interestingly, Nominet will hold two sunrise periods. The second one includes an “oh shit” period for people who missed the first deadline, as well as people with unregistered rights to these short monikers that can convince a panelist to hand the domain over to them.

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UK Bill Would Regulate Domain Name Registries

November 22, 2009Domaining, Domainnamewire, nominet, parliament, Policy & Law, telnicComments Off on UK Bill Would Regulate Domain Name Registries

Bill probably meant to regulate .uk but could ensnare .tel.

A bill introduced in the United Kingdom Parliament would have potentially adverse effects on domain name registries operating out of the United Kingdom.

The Digital Economy Bill includes clauses that would allow the government to essentially nationalize a domain name registry that met certain qualifications of “failing”. Although the bill was probably meant to target .uk registry Nominet, it was written broadly enough to ensnare any other registry operating out of Britain, including .Tel registry Telnic.

A fact sheet from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the department responsible for the Digital Economy Bill, explains its rationale for adding oversight to the domain name registry Nominet:

The domain name system is a crucial element in the Internet economy. It is the addressing system for the Internet. For years, the domain name industry in the UK has been self-regulated and this has largely worked well. However, there have been reported abuses of the domain name system in the UK, largely regarding the .uk country code Top Level Domain, such as cybersquatting (registering and occupying a domain name that might reasonably belong to somebody else in the hope of making a profit when selling that address), drop-catching (waiting for ownership of a domain name to expire and quickly re-registering it, sometimes before the current owner realises it), pressure sales of domain names, domain names used for phishing and distributing malware, and instances where foreign owned (and hosted) web sites with a .uk domain name dupe people into believing they are British.

Consumers and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises are particularly vulnerable. Also, following disruptions at Board level at Nominet (the .uk registry), the Government has publicly questioned how Nominet’s present constitution and structure could protect the interests of all of its stakeholders in different possible

Although it’s clear the intent is to exert control over Nominet, the wording would also apply to Telnic.

Clause 2, section 18-20 defines how the government could insert a new board and effectively take control of a “failed” registry under the bill’s definition.

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Nominet Releases Goldmine of Domain Renewal Statistics

November 5, 2009domain renewals, Domaining, Domainnamewire, Expired Domains, nominetComments Off on Nominet Releases Goldmine of Domain Renewal Statistics

Report provides insight into expired domain names.

Nominet, the registry for the .uk country code, has released its 2009 Domain Name Industry Report (pdf). It includes in-depth stats about domain renewal rates and the reasons people let domains expire. This data should be useful to the ICANN Working Group examining the issue of expiring domains.

As way of background, there are a couple differences between .uk and most other domains. First, registrations are for two years. Second, Nominet sends renewal reminders to customers (in addition to the registrar sending reminders).

For those people renewing their domains, Nominet found:

- 60% renewed due to a reminder from their registrar (same figure as similar research from 2007)
- 25% believe their domain names renew automatically (2007: 22%)
- 7.3% renewed after receiving reminders from Nominet (2007: 8.6%)

Fully 98.2% of those surveyed recall receiving reminders about renewing their domain name. This isn’t too surprising. After all, if Nominet was able to reach people for its study, those people likely have up-to-date contact information on their domain names. As I’ve said before, the number one reason someone neglects to renew an important domain name is because they have outdated or false whois data.

This graph explains the reasons people decided to not renew their domains:


This chart shows something we all know, but it’s still interesting: if you get someone to renew a domain once, odds are they’ll keep renewing it:


The Nominet report has lots of other renewal and registration data, and is worth reviewing.

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