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Norwegian Domains For All Norwegians

Norid UNINETT logoAll Norwegians will have the opportunity to register .no domain names as a result of rule changes following a public consultation, the .no registry, Norid, has announced. Currently only businesses and other organisations are able to register .no domain names, but from 17 June, Norwegian individuals will also be able to.

For more information, see the Norid news release below or on the Norid website here.

Norwegian domain names for everyone

The results from the public consultation are now ready. The majority supports the proposal to make .no available to private individuals. This means that starting on 17 June 2014, everyone in Norway can register their own domain name directly within .no

Until now, domain names directly within .no have been reserved for businesses and other organizations, while private individuals have been restricted to the category domain priv.no.

A clear majority supports the opening

Attitudes regarding the opening of .no for private individuals have varied, but in late 2013, Norpol (the policy advisory board for .no) recommended that .no should be available to everyone in Norway.

The recommendation was presented in a public consultation during the winter of 2014. Almost 500 individuals and organizations gave their input, and a clear majority supported Norpol’s view.

The category domain priv.no will continue.

This is me on the Internet

A domain name can be used to create one’s own identity on the Internet, something that is useful to individuals as well as businesses. It can be used to set up a website or a blog, not to mention an email address. Within your own domain, you can create as many email addresses as you want, for example one for each member of your family. An email address tied to your own domain name is one you can keep your entire life, regardless of whether you change employers or Internet providers.

.no is a good choice

The Norwegian top-level domain is a good choice. It maintains a high quality and good security, and it signals a connection to Norway.

— A Norwegian domain name is stable and among the most secure in the world. We are very pleased to extend this service to private individuals, says Hege Ossletten, Acting Managing Director of Norid.

Initiating with a draw

Everyone should have an equal opportunity when the allocations begin. This means that during a transitional period, we will collect applications and draw lots in the cases where more than one person applies for the same domain name.

The first applications from private individuals can be entered on Tuesday 17 June 2014 at 10 AM local time. Until then you can figure out good domain names and check which ones are available.

No priority

There will not be any priorities on private domain names. This means that anyone can apply for any name. The person registering a name must, however, ensure that the name isn’t in violation of Norwegian law or a third party’s rights.

Norid Consults On .NO For Individuals

Norid UNINETT logoThe Norwegian registry, Norid, has opened a consultation as to whether individuals should be entitled to register .no domain names in addition to priv.no.

“There are different opinions about this issue, and we hope that many people will participate in the discussion and give their input to the proposal,” said Hilde M. Thunem, Managing Director of UNINETT Norid AS.

The consultation paper and information on how to submit a response is available from kari-og-ola.norid.no/ (in Norwegian only). Submissions close on 11 March 2014.

Canadians Express Strong Preference For .CA Domains As ccTLD Grows Strongly

Canadians prefer their own .CA ccTLD over .COM a new report from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has found.In the report from the .CA registry, both businesses and individuals expressed a preference for their own ccTLD. For business, 49 percent of Canadians strongly preferred a .CA domain for their website versus 17 percent for .COM while 54 percent of individuals expressed a preference for .CA versus 10 percent for .COM, the .CA Factobook released this week finds.Additionally, 89 percent of online Canadians believe it is important for Canadians to have a .CA domain, and 75 percent of them prefer to support Canadian businesses whenever possible.The top reasons given for preferring a .CA domain name by users was that it is a Canadian organisation, honest, trusted, safe, secure, credible and relevant.The results are consistent with other ccTLDs that have released similar surveys. In a similar study, Nominet found Britons prefer .UK domains. In the Nominet survey they found 81 percent of respondents preferred .UK websites when presented with a choice of a .UK or .COM domain in search results. The main reasons given by respondents were that it would be more likely to be a UK based company and have more relevance with prices in sterling and acceptable delivery charges.The CIRA report also found that .CA is one of the fastest growing TLDs in the world, ranking fourth among its country code top level domain (ccTLD) counterparts from 2007 to 2012 behind .FR (France), .AU (Australia) and .BR (Brazil) with over 50 percent growth in this period. Other ccTLDs growing by more than 50 percent during this period were .NL (Netherlands) and .SE (Sweden).The growth of .CA is particularly impressive as unlike many other ccTLDs such as .DE, .CO and .TK, there are Canadian presence requirements to register a .CA domain. Canadians repeatedly report that they want to do business and/or connect with other Canadians so the presence requirements mean that it is more likely that when visiting a .CA website, it is going to have a Canadian connection.The market share of .CA within Canada is also growing as more and more Canadians are choosing their own ccTLD. Over the last five years .CA’s market share has increased from 21 per cent to 30 per cent, for the most part at the expense of .COM.The report also looked at gTLD and ccTLD registrations per capita. Canada, like the United States, is one of the few countries where .COM have a higher rate of registrations per capita than their respective ccTLDs – .CA and .US respectively.The countries/ccTLDs with the highest proportion of domain name registrations per capita are .NL with over 400 registrations for every 1000 people with just under 300 of these registrations for .NL domain names and the remaining for gTLD registrations.Second is .DE (Germany) with around 280 registrations per 1000 people, of which around 190 are .DE domains and the remaining for gTLDs. Following is .UK (also around 280 registrations/1000 with 170 .UK), .US (260 and minimal .US registrations) and then Australia whose registrations are reasonably evenly divided between .AU and gTLDs with around 220 domains registered per 1000 people. Following is .NO (Norway), .SE (Sweden) and then .CA.IPv6 deployment has been slow within Canada, as in most other countries. The report notes that at present, IPv6 has still barely penetrated the .CA market, but as deployment intensifies, especially around World IPv6 Launch Day each June, CIRA says it can be expected to see these numbers rise steadily.Other findings of the report include:

  • Canadians rank first in the world when it comes to internet usage, spending an average of 45 hours per month online
  • Canadians spend more for broadband speed than 19 other countries
  • Canada’s internet economy accounted for three percent of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012, totalling $49 billion
  • Per viewer, Canada leads the world in viewing online video.

The full report is available online at www.cira.ca/factbook/2013/index.html.

ccTLD Updates for .xxx, .pw, .ru, .fr, .nl, .ee, vn, .be, .no

“What has really happened as a result of .XXX?” one year on from its launch is the focus of an article on Xbiz.

The article notes that “among other things, new sites have come to market, new companies have formed to capitalise on new opportunities in the adult space and a level of accountability and oversight added to an industry that has long shunned supervision of any sort — while the majority of trademark disputes have been swiftly resolved in favour of the legitimate rights holders.”

And it notes that ICM Registry’s Stuart Lawley claims .XXX “has comfortably exceeded the company’s sales expectations — based on the figures it communicated back in 2003 and 2004 in its original application to ICANN.” ICM also believes renewal rates will be high, even though the first anniversary is not quite here.

The .pw ccTLD is relaunching being branded as ‘the Professional Web, with the new registry opening up a 68-day sunrise programme as of 3 December. The sunrise offers some unique features aimed at reducing overhead for brand-owners.

A guest posting on DomainNameNews from Kate Moran of TM.Biz, .pw’s trademark validation agent, looked at trademark validation for .PW. Unsurprisingly the posting considers .pw a leader, saying “the .pw registry is proposing to protect not only exact matches, but also any domain containing the trademark, misspellings, abbreviations and language translations of the validated trademark. The trademark validation agent, TM.Biz is coupling these rules with automated searches of 70 trademark databases.”

On 4 December, the Coordination Center for TLD RU/РФ and the Technical Center of Internet generated DNSSEC keys for .RU, one of the two Russian national domains. A formal event signified the first phase of signing .RU with DNSSEC, with all works expected to be finalised by the end of December 2012.

The .FR registry, Afnic, has released their December 2012 Domain Name Industry. The latest report looks at the growth rate for IPV6-compatible .fr domain names. In the report Afnic focuses on the success rate of Syreli claims in relation to the age of the domain name. Everything suggests that rights-holders are reactive and quickly intervene to enforce their rights via the Syreli procedure. The full report is available from the Afnic website here.

SIDN, the .nl registry, has published their final report of the 2012 Domain Name Debate. The debate examined issues such as availability of registrant’s details from Whois and drop catching. To check out the final report, check out the SIDN website here.

The price to registrars of .ee domain names will be cut by 11.8 percent on 1 March 2013, which will see the price cut from €17 to €15. Maximum registration periods will also be extended with options of two and three years.

Registrations of .vn domain names hit225,970 in the third quarter of 2012 according to VNNIC’s white paper on Vietnam’s internet.

Alternative Dispute Resolution celebrated its tenth birthday on 12 December, the .be registry dns.be announced. To mark the occasion, Cepina (the Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation) organised a symposium in conjunction with DNS.be.

Norid, the registry for .no domain names, is again receiving reports on a company who tries to force Norwegian companies to buy domain names. The service is said to be offered to protect a company name or brand.

The issue may be a proposal to register a domain name within other top level domains, such as .com or .as, or they may suggest to register the domain name in different spellings, for instance with and without a hyphen. The company who offers services like this, often tells a story about other actors interested in buying the domain name, and that they need a quick decision.


Norid Wins Several Points, But Still Not Happy With Court Decision Over Co.No

NORID logoThe recent decision by the Norwegian Court over a dispute where Elineweb allowed registrations of .NO domain names at the third level has not pleased the registry, even if they acknowledge they won on several points.

There are restrictive registration requirements on .NO domains meaning that only companies registered in Norway can register a .NO domain name.

Norid notes in an announcement on 17 July that the judgement found in their favour on several principal issues and their right to add the domain name co.no to a list of domain names that cannot be registered or transferred.

Elineweb legitimately registered the domain name in 2001. In 2010 the private company CoDNS launched and marketed co.no in such a way that the usage could, in Norid’s opinion, cause regular internet users to confuse co.no with .NO. Norid then contacted the holder, Elineweb, to learn if the domain had been transferred in conflict with the .NO domain name policy. Elineweb responded by taking Norid to court.

Elineweb refused to provide the information Norid asked for until the Court ordered them to. In the Court’s opinion, Elineweb must therefore carry the responsibility that the case proceeded as it did. The Court’s conclusion is thus that Norid is not liable to pay compensation.

The relationship between Elineweb and CoDNS was considered by the Court and whether the agreement between the two parties is in breach with the current system of agreements. The conclusion is that the agreement is not in contravention of the domain name policy, and that due to this, there is no basis for confiscating co.no.

Norid’s interpretation of the judgement is that the Court finds that the agreement(s) between Elineweb and CoDNS do not contravene the domain transfer ban. The Court finds that the agreement does not by its nature suggest a circumvention of the current domain name policy, but is rather an adjustment to the regulations in force.

Norid disputes some of the findings saying that in their opinion the Court has not considered the usage or marketing of co.no on CoDNS’s homepage. There is therefore no basis for claiming that the Court has ruled that CoDNS’s business model is in full compliance with the domain name policy for .NO.

Of course, one might argue that should Norid have less restrictive registration policies for .NO domain names then there might not be demand for co.no domain names!

Thousands Of .NO Domains To Be Deactivated Due To Company Deletions

NORID logoThousands of .NO domain names are being deleted this northern summer due to their eligibility lapsing.

The Norwegian registry is combing the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities (Enhetsregisteret) for company deletions, and using this information deleting domain names related to the former companies.

Around 20,000 domain names have been affected to date, with notifications sent out to the domain holder since 2 May.

The deletions are taking place every Monday from 2 July to 20 August and domain holders are being notified prior to the deletions, but Norid is aware that not all notifications will get to the appropriate people.

To check if your .NO domain name is affected, Norid is advising registrants to type the domain name into www.norid.no/domenenavnbaser/whois/index.en.php, make a note of the Id number (organisation number) in the second block of data. Then go to w2.brreg.no/enhet/sok/ and type in the organisation number in the field at the bottom of the box.

If the answer is that the organisation was deleted, the domain is at risk and needs an immediate change of holder.

For more information, go to the Norid website here.

.CO.NO Initiative Can Continue Rules Norwegian Court – Going Live On 4 July

CO.NO logoThe South-Trøndelag District Court in Trondheim ruled on 28 June that the initiative to use CO.NO for registering domain names at the third level can go ahead, but also found partially in favour of the .NO registry ruling that the domain name cannot be transferred to another party.

However the court ruled that Norid’s decision to put co.no on the list of forbidden names was justified and within the requirements of the domain regulation and that Norid is not liable to pay damages to Elineweb AS.

In the court case 11-156571TVI-STOR, the court ruled that the CO.NO initiative, founded by Elineweb AS, its registrant, and CoDNS, its Operator, fully complies with the .NO registration Policy and that Norid may not revoke the CO.NO domain name.

“We are glad that the Court recognises that our business model is in line with the .NO registration Policy and thus, that our customers’ registrations are secured.” said Sander Scholten, CoDNS B.V., General Manager.

Furthermore, this decision also required Norid to refute the false information they published on the .CO.NO initiative and to inform the public and more specifically all .NO accredited registrars of the legality of the initiative.

“Only one business day has passed since Norid informed its accredited registrars of the Court decision and we have already received several inquiries regarding the .CO.NO Registrar accreditation process. We are confident that this ruling will reassure all interested parties that the .CO.NO initiative is sustainable.” added Scholten.

The Court however, did not invalidate Norid’s placement of the .CO.NO domain name on its so-called “reserved list for future category second-level domains” eight years after its registration by Elineweb A.S.

The consequence of this decision is that the holder of the .CO.NO domain name is forbidden from transferring its ownership to any third party. “Our partnership with CoDNS B.V., being based on a long term relationship, this prohibition to transfer the domain co.no, has for sole consequence, if any, to publicly reinforce our partnership and commitment to the .CO.NO initiative.” commented Alexander Tvete, Elineweb A.S Managing Director.

.CO.NO Go Live to be held on July 4th, 2012

Now armed with this decision, the .CO.NO Operator is not willing to make .CO.NO prospective registrants and registrars wait any longer. The Operator is therefore currently reaching out to its network of more than 70 Registrars located all around the world to prepare for the general opening.

The Sunrise period for trademark holders, was successfully operated by Deloitte Belgium using the ClearingHouse for Intellectual Property, more than a year ago. All IP rights holders already hold the .CO.NO domain names which they are entitled to.

With the opening of .CO.NO registrations to the general public on a first come, first served basis, everyone will be entitled to secure their .CO.NO domain names without any requirement.

Additionally, all Landrush applications which were pending will now be activated and their holders will be able to benefit from their registrations as of today.

The Go Live will be held on 4 July 2012 at 10:00 am CET and any interested party will be able to apply for the registration of .CO.NO domain names via Europe Registry.

Norwegian Court to rule on .CO.NO compliance with Norid Policy

CO.NO logo[CO.NO news release] The Court case filed by the .CO.NO Operator against Uninett Norid A.S. to obtain a ruling that will secure the .CO.NO initiative, was held on May 24th and 25th, 2012, before the South-Trøndelag District Court in Trondheim.

This lawsuit is the unfortunate and direct result of a 15 month process during which the .CO.NO Operator attempted to appease Norid’s concerns while preserving its rights to free enterprise, to no avail.


On February 18th 2011, after the .CO.NO Operator held a successful Sunrise registration period, allowing numerous Trademark holders to protect their rights under .CO.NO, and only 2 days prior to the scheduled opening of .CO.NO domain names registration to the general public, Norid sent the .CO.NO Operator a written request to postpone the general opening  to an unknown date, allegedly to allow the Norwegian Registry to review the terms under which .CO.NO registrations were offered to the public.

Despite the tardiness of this request  – and the questionable legitimacy of it, the .CO.NO Operator elected to comply with it and to postpone the General Opening leaving the public waiting.

Furthermore, and with the sole intention of securing the .CO.NO initiative and its customers’ registrations, the .CO.NO Operator provided Norid with all relevant material requested. In addition, the .CO.NO Operator attended a meeting at Norid’s headquarters to ensure that there were no misunderstandings from Norid about the .CO.NO initiative.

However, Norid went on and requested further documentation, including amongst other things, the provision of the .CO.NO Operator business plan, along with other confidential and sensitive information.

In the meantime Norid, liberated its Policy and launched its own subdomain service .PRIV.NO.

In September 2011, after 8 months of unproductive negotiation and faced with more and more invasive lists of demands from Norid, the .CO.NO Operator had regrettably no other choice than to seek a Court ruling validating its customers’ rights on their .CO.NO registrations.

Lawsuit purpose

The Court has been asked to:

  • rule on the legality of Norid’s decision to place the .CO.NO domain name and its so-called “forbidden list” 8 years after its registration by Elineweb A.S.
  • confirm that the partnership between ElineWeb A.S. and CoDNS B.V. for the .CO.NO initiative shall not be deemed as a transfer of the .CO.NO domain between the partners
  • oblige Norid to refute the false information they have published on the .CO.NO initiative

As soon as the Court reaches its verdict, all actors involved in the .CO.NO initiative will be personally informed, and a further press release detailing the Court decision will be sent out.

In the meantime and as per usual, the .CO.NO Operator remains available to its registrars, partner and registrants to answer any inquiry they may have.

Both CoDNS B.V. and Elineweb AS are confident that the Court will make a favourable ruling that will secure .CO.NO registrants’ rights to their registration, and more importantly, the publics’ freedom of choice.

For more information on .CO.NO, visit the official website: www.domain.co.no.

The .CO.NO Operator is a partnership between:

  • Elineweb A.S, the registrant of the .CO.NO domain name since 2001, and the founder of the .CO.NO initiative.
  • CoDNS B.V. established in 2007 by EuroDNS S.A. to act as operator for subdomains such as .co.nl and .co.no.

About .CO.NO

.CO.NO should not be confused with .NO Domain names as registered by Norid, the Registry of the .NO extension. Norid is not involved in any way with the registration or servicing of .CO.NO subdomains. See www.domain.co.no for details.

This CO.NO news release was sourced from:

Legal Dispute Over Use Of CO.NO As Means For Foreigners To Register Norwegian Domains

NORID logoNorid, the .NO registry, is investigation a legal dispute over co.no, which is being used as a means of entering the Norwegian domain name market for foreigners, something they are currently unable to do under Norid’s terms and conditions.

The lawsuit about co.no concerns whether it in real terms has been illegally transferred, and whether the current use of the domain is in breach of the domain name policy for .NO. One of the important questions is whether the domain is used in a way that may cause confusion with official domains that use “co” at the second level such as co.uk and co.nz.

Co.no was added to the list of reserved and forbidden domain names in July 2009 and may therefore not be transferred to another holder the registry advised.

Norid’s rules state that registrants must either be a registered businesses or a professional or an individual registered in the Folkeregisteret, although individuals can register domains under priv.no.

The co.no domain is registered by the Norwegian company Elineweb AS, but is administered by the Dutch company CoDNS BV, that offer subdomains under co.no.

Norid claim they made inquiries about the domain after they received notification that co.no was intensively marketed as a way into the Norwegian domain market for foreign parties. The marketing also hinted that this had been cleared with Norid.

Norid have asked Elineweb AS about the establishment of the service who replied by bringing a lawsuit against Norid. A court-sponsored mediation was unsuccessful and the legal proceedings took place in Sør-Trøndelag district court on 24 and 25 May. The court’s decision will be ready by the end of June.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .NO domain name, if eligible, check out Europe Registry here.

Norid Phasing Out Paper Documents For .NO

NORID logoStarting on 1 February, declarations for domain deletion and change of holder are being phased out. For registrants, this means a simpler and swifter processing of your transactions.

During a transitional period, registrants may face both the old routines with paper declarations that must be sent to Norid, and the new, paperless routine. This depends on whether your registrar has signed the new Norid agreement.

By 1 August 2012, all registrars will offer the new paperless scheme.

For more information on .NO domain names, see www.norid.no.

Europe Registry logoTo register your .NO domain name, check out Europe Registry here.