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Nominet Ordered to Delete 1,200 .UK Domain Names

Last week Nominet received an instruction from the Metropolitan Police’s Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) to take down around 1,200 CO.UK domain names that have been under investigation for criminal activity.The order was part of Operation Papworth where the PCeU was targeting websites run by organised criminal networks that purported to sell designer items – clothes, jewellery and electronic goods. Many of the sites involved supplied counterfeit goods or in some cases simply failed to supply any goods to the consumers who placed orders.The operation claims it will make Christmas shopping online a safer experience for customers. The websites targeted were run by organised criminal networks which purported to sell designer items – including Ugg Australia Boots, ghd hair straighteners, and jewellery from Tiffany & Co and Links of London. Innocent shoppers were duped into making what appeared to be bargain purchases, but received either nothing at all or counterfeit products.The operation was instigated by the PCeU to target the criminal misuse of the UK domain name system, with the objective of preventing harm to British citizens and making it safer to trade online.The PCeU worked in partnership with Nominet, the registry for .UK domain names. As a result the PCeU has deregistered 1,219 website domain names – taking them down at the registry level to prevent re-registration.”We received clear instructions from the PCeU to take down the .co.uk domain names, which have been under investigation for criminal activity. We worked closely with the police and our registrars to quickly carry out the instruction to shut down access to these sites,” said Lesley Cowley, chief executive of Nominet.”Nominet is committed to making the Internet a safe place for all users. The vast majority of .co.uk domains are legitimate, but where there are investigations about improper or illegal activity, we work with law enforcement bodies such as the Metropolitan Police to help identify and then limit the number of illegal or fake websites. Always our aim is to take fast, effective and responsible action to protect consumers and end users.”For more information see the Metropolitan Police website and the news release at:
cms.met.police.uk/news/policy_organisational_news_and_general_information/mps_e_crime_unit_takes_down_scam_websitesTo register your .UK domain name, check out Europe Registry here.

Nominet Changes to Renewals Process for Registrars & Domain Availability Checker

Nominet logoNominet have announced they are replacing the current domain availability checker (DAC) with two new domain checking tools and to registrars, that they will stop sending pro forma invoices to registrants as of February. Continue reading Nominet Changes to Renewals Process for Registrars & Domain Availability Checker

.CO.UK’s worth more than you think

Disputes over domain name ownership registered with web hosting firm Fasthosts have reportedly increased by 30 per cent in the past 12 months.

Companies typically found their claims of ownership were harder to prove or defend if they had registered a domain in an employee or advisor’s name.

Business owners were advised to check whether the company domain name was in their name, and transfer it across to themselves if not.

“In 2008, companies should view their domain name as intellectual property,” Steve Holford of Fasthosts told the Mail on Sunday, which reported on the study yesterday.

“Business owners can save themselves from potential losses and disruption by ensuring that every domain is registered continually in the proprietor’s own name.”

His comments come just days after Nominet reported its seven millionth .uk domain name, representing “significant growth” (1m) in addresses since July last year.

The non-profit firm said: “The increase in .uk registrations is further evidence that British Internet users recognise the value of having a .co.uk address.”

It pointed to a survey of 2,352 net users by pollster Opinion Matters, which recently found that 72% were more likely to choose .uk than .com when searching for information online.

Original article : http://uk.webhostdir.com/news/showNews.aspx?ID=27444

My opinion  :

If you are searching for your product in the UK, the co.uk domain will always remain the default extension to localise your business. Even for SEO google will index this and make it a more relevent site. Every ccTLD plays its importance and due to the long existance of the .co.uk it plays just as much as importance as other successful domain names such as the .DE.

Uk registry changes fail to cut primary cost

Nominet has published the policy changes that have resulted from two consultations. One of the main changes allows undisputed cases to be settled in a summary judgment with a reduced fee.

“In cases where there is no response, the complainant is given the option of obtaining a summary decision from an Expert, at a cost of £200,” said a Nominet statement. The cost of a full judgment is £750. “The expert will not be required to write a full decision with reasoning in these cases, but only to certify that Rights and Abusive Registration have been made out by the Complainant.”

The change is intended to deal with the 52% of cases which are not opposed.

The proving of those rights and that a registration is abusive can be an expensive process, though, because lawyers are often involved. The cost will not be significantly reduced unless that is addressed said disputes expert David Barker of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind OUT-LAW.

“The summary judgment is a step in the right direction, but it does not deal with the main cost, which is the substantial work involved in setting out your rights and explaining that the other party doesn’t have rights,” Barker said. “It is advisable to get a lawyer to do this, which is what pushes the costs up.”

Original article : http://www.out-law.com/page-9249