Domain names have become precious commodities as the internet has no boundaries and no closing hours and unlike trade marks each domain name is unique. This means there can often be some pressure to be the first to register a domain name, and this can lead to disputes on the "right" to register. As a result domain name disputes can arise.
Domain names and disputes are managed according to policies set by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers).
ICANN passes over responsibility for the registration of domain names to registrars. There are over 1,500 accredited registrars each with their own policies and procedures for registering, maintaining and handling domain names. Registrars are determined not to be included or accept liability for any dispute. The courts have maintained this protection for registrars.
Disputes concerning so called generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) such as .biz, .com, .info, .name, .net, and .org. are managed by an ICANN-authorised dispute resolution service provider.
Disputes concerning country code Top Level Domains (ccTLD) such as .co.uk, .fr (France), .de (Germany) are managed by the individual country registry. Nominet is the registry for the UK.
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