Tag Archives: Norway

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.

Norid Adds New Student And Youth Business 2LD And Increases Domain Quota

NORID logoNorid have announced several changes to .NO domain name policy that came into effect on 30 November.

The changes are the domain quota is being increased, the rules surrounding the complaint fee are changed and youth and student businesses get their own second level domain.

The domain quota increases from 20 to 100 domains per organisation. As a consequence, the rules change for the complaint fee, making the losing party responsible for covering it.

At the same time, Norid is launching a new second level domain – uenorge.no – reserved for youth and student businesses.

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

500,000 Norwegian Domains Registered

NORID logoThe 500,000th active .NO domain name was registered on 3 January, the Norwegian registry UNINETT Norid has announced.

The 500,000th registration was for the domain Linge-compagniet.no that mirrors both the company name and the owner’s family name, as well as a nod to Norwegian history.

The registrant chose to register a .NO domain name to signal that the company is Norwegian and operates in the Norwegian market. A .NO domain name makes us appear more serious as a business, and in my experience there are less problems with .NO domains than with those within .COM, says Arnfinn E. Linge, Managing Director of Linge Holding AS.

The growth in domain names has been formidable also in Norway. After passing 1000 registered .NO domain names in 1995, the curve rose abruptly, and it took only two years to increase the number of domain names from 400,000 in September 2008 to 500,000 today. Norway has one of the highest number of its own country code domain names per citizen.

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

CO.NO: A New Gateway to Norwegian Internet Presence

[news release] Announced today, CO.NO is a new extension for Internet domain names that will open a brand new gateway to Norwegian enterprises and individuals for international  businesses. Starting in November 2010, companies and other interested parties will be able to give a Norwegian “flavour” to their Internet presence by using the “co.no” ending.

CoDNS B.V. is aiming at local and international users willing their Internet Addresses to end in “.no” but with an additional flexibility that existing options don’t offer.

“The co.no extension will be open to anyone, with no requirement of local presence or tie with Norway” confirms Sander Scholten, General Manager of CoDNS “Yet because openness does not mean ‘free for all’, we have taken several steps to ensure protection of third parties’ rights”.

Accordingly, a so-called “Sunrise Period” will be specifically dedicated to Trademark Holders to give them the opportunity to Register their brands as CO.NO names before the system is open to the general public. This Sunrise Period will benefit from the expertise of Deloitte. This firm will validate customers’ requests based on trademark registries.

Sunrise applications can be submitted directly to CoDNS by Accredited Registrars but they can also be submitted via the IP Clearing House system (www.ipclearinghouse.org) known from the .CO Sunrise.

Once Trademark holders have their trademarks validated in this system they will benefit from great cost reductions for future launching extensions.

Registration requests under the Norwegian TLD .NO are sometimes hard to fulfil due to the Registry regulations. Thanks to CO.NO, Registrars and their customers will now have the opportunity to display their Norwegian identity on the Internet in a much easier way.

Interested parties may visit www.domain.co.no for details.

This news release was dated 30 September.

.NO Holds Consultation on Domain Names for Individuals

UNINETT, the .NO (Norway) registry is currently holding a consultation process on how individuals can register Norwegian domain names in the future. The consultation process will be open until 17 May.

The major issue is whether private individuals should continue to register domain names in the PRIV.NO category or be allowed to register directly within .NO. In addition, the consultation is seeking comment on whether there is a need to decide whether individuals should provide documentation on their right to the name they apply for, whether there should be a limit on the number of domains per person, and how the transition to the new rules should be carried out.

The consultation document and information on how to submit your answer are available from www.norid.no/person/dittdomene.en.html.

For more information on registering domain names for individuals, see:

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

Norway Considers New gTLDs Such as .OSLO

A working group has been formed by the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communicationsto consider whether there is a demand in the country for new generic Top Level Domainssuch as .OSLO or .TRONDELAG. The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority will chair the group.Norid, the registry for .NO domain names, will be represented in the working group together with several other experts and stakeholders, such as the Consumer Council of Norway, the Norwegian Industrial Property Office and Abelia – the Business Association of Norwegian knowledge and technology based enterprises, and the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law.The working group’s mandate is to discuss and advise on the need for more TLDs that are in Norway’s national interest, as well as looking at the management model should there be a demand for such gTLDs.