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The registry for .uk domain names (co.uk, .org.uk, me.uk, gov.uk and ac.uk) is lifting the current ‘2-year minimum’ registration/renewal term requirement for all .uk domain names and offering more flexible registration options. Until now, you had to register or renew these domains for a minimum of two years and the only term options were 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 years. Effective May 1, 2012 you can register and/or renew .uk domain names for any term, up to 10 years (i.e., 1, 2, 3…10), just as you can for .COM domains.

If you have any questions about these changes or would like to register a .uk domain name, please contact your Safenames Account Manager or contact Safenames Customer Support at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net), or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

 

TWNIC (Taiwan Network Information Center) have implemented a new regulation for .ORG.TW domains.  The new policy is in place for the Renewal and Transfer of .ORG.TW domain names in addition to the creation of new .ORG.TW names.

This policy requires that the Registrant of .ORG.TW domain names shall be a non-profit organization legally registered under the laws of Taiwan.  The only exception is for foreign non-profit organizations that provide supporting documentation of their non-profit status under the competent laws of their jurisdiction, and if the Domain Name Committee of TWNIC approves such documentation.  If you already hold a .ORG.TW domain you will have to prove your non-profit status.

Registrants seeking to CREATE, RENEW or TRANSFER their .ORG.TW domain names need to provide the following documentation:

• Supporting Documentation of the legal status of the Registrant.  This has to be a non-profit organization.

• A written application with the description of the type of transaction. (new, renew, transfer.)

• The length of the renewal with a maximum of 10 years.  Please note that if the domain is only renewed for 1 year, the Registrant will need to re-submit a similar application next year in order to renew for additional years.

• A description of how your organization will use the .ORG.TW domain name.

If you have any questions about .ORG.TW domains or would like to check the availability of an .ORG.TW domain name, please contact your Safenames account manager.

It is now easier to register a .PT domain name.

The Portuguese registry has opened a special .PT registration period for trademark holders. From now through April 30th, 2012, any business, organization or individual may register .PT domains using their registered word and/or figurative trademark in any jurisdiction, not just Portugal. This is the first step toward removing all Local Contact requirements for this extension.

On May 1, 2012 open registration begins and all requirements to register a .PT domain will be lifted, enabling anyone to order a .pt domain.  All applications will be processed on a “first come, first served” basis and no additional documentation will be require to complete a registration.

If you have any questions about .PT domains or trademarks, or would like to check the availability of a .PT domain name, please contact your Safenames account manager.

Have you registered your brand(s) in the .PL country code extension? If not, you may want to secure your online brand in Poland today. With over 2M domains in the .PL zone file, it is not a surprise that a recent article in Internet Retailer Magazine stated that analysts predict that e-commerce in Poland will grow 24% in 2012, nearly 8% higher than the projected average. Poland is just one of many Eastern European countries that is expected to achieve significant growth in online sales over the next few years. To read more about e-commerce growth in Europe, you can view the full article at: http://www.internetretailer.com/2012/02/29/poland-leads-european-e-commerce-growth.

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