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Nominet UK is the official Registry for .uk domain names. It has acquired a good reputation over the years for its Domain Resolution Service (DRS) as being the only Registry to offer an option of free mediation prior to appointing of an Expert who will then decide the case.

Nominet UK published a single revised draft proposal and invited comments between 10 February 2016 and 24 March 2016.

NOMINET’s new policy still known as “Dispute Resolution Service Policy” (DRS Policy) came into effect from 1st October 2016 which can be viewed here-

Some of the major changes are-

  1. The Domain Resolution Service Policy (DRS Policy) and Domain Resolution Service Procedure have been unified into one policy and therefore from 1st October 2016 parties will rely and refer only to the new Dispute Resolution Service Policy (DRS Policy).
  2. The definition of ‘Respondent’ will include privacy services. This has an impact on notifications when a complaint is made. The DRS Policy recognises that a domain name can be registered in the name of a privacy service. When a complaint is filed against such a registrant NOMINET will notify the privacy service and in their discretion if they see fit will allow WHOIS details to be updated will ensure notify the privacy service of such proceedings. (Para 6.1 DRS Policy).
  3. Under the new policy NOMINET will reject a complaint if there are any deficiencies rather than previously where it allowed three (3) days to a Complainant to correct the deficiencies and return the complaint.
  4. NOMINET explained the strict wording to be a reflection of, “….cases where a complaint is repeatedly filed and discontinued in a manner which is borderline harassment, the revised wording now allows the DRS staff to reject such complaints, and we feel the proposed wording gives staff this useful power and should be retained in the final policy” (Para 6.2 DRS Policy)
  5. Annexes should be submitted with clear and descriptive file names and such annexes are purely for the purposes of submitting evidence to support the argument, not to bypass the 5000 word limit (Para 4.3.1 & 4.3.2 of DRS Policy).
  6. The DRS Policy recognises domains to be of an exact match even if they have certain characters (for example- spaces, apostrophes etc) while establishing rights in the context of a trade mark or name (Para 5.1.6 DRS Policy).
  7. The Rules under Para 15 (d) used the following wording, “…the expert finds that the complaint was brought in bad faith, for example in an attempt at reverse domain name hijacking”. The DRS Policy Para 18 has removed the words ‘in an attempt’ as this does not provide any concrete meaning.
  8. Any success and failure of the DRS Policy can only be assessed over the next several months which we will provide an update- so watch this space.
    If you need legal advice on filing a ‘.uk’ domain dispute you can contact Ramya Kumar ( If you are an existing customer please contact your Account Manager for further information.

    Author – Ramya Kumar

Recently, the Certificate Authority/Browser Forum sent a notification to Certificate Authorities as a reminder, asking that they discontinue supporting SHA-1 SSL certificates for both SSL and code signing. If you currently have a SHA-1 certificate(s), either in production or in a testing environment, it is important that you replace it before December 31, 2015 with SHA-256/TLS certificates as soon as possible, as there are associated risks to site performance and your site could become compromised.

If you have any questions about SSL certificates, contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 ( or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (


New GEO gTLD .MIAMI is now in TM Sunrise — this exclusive registration phase will remain open through September 18, 2015 and General Availability (GA) will open October 2, 2015. The registry will not open a formal Landrush period. Miami is a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade. Miami was classified as an Alpha-World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory and is home to largest concentration of international banks in the United States, and many large national and international companies. Registering a .MIAMI domain(s) enables companies doing business in this Florida region, or organizations serving the local communities, to secure shorter and more relevant domain names for their web site(s).

For questions about this launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 ( or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 ( recently posed the question in an article, “will Google Switch To .Google & .YouTube By The End Of The Year?” and we simply cannot wait to find out. While new gTLDs have already changed the domain name registration landscape, some (perhaps many) remain reluctant to register a .brand for their business—mainly for fear that not representing with a standard .com will somehow have a negative impact. But some large/global brands are shaking things up–Barclays recently launched the branded domain names .barclays and .barclaycard. According to Barclay’s news release, registering .brand domains “allows them to create a simplified online user experience, making it crystal clear to [their] customers that they are engaging with a genuine Barclays site.” There is also talk from some media sources that Google and its YouTube brand may register .brand domains in Q4 (.google and .youtube, respectively) this year with the launch of celebrity anchor sites (e.g. If Google makes this move to the right (of the dot), it will be a game changer.

So why haven’t more companies made the move already? Let’s face it, even for global enterprises “new” can often be scary. Perhaps in light of Barclays recent move, and Google’s impending move, we can begin thinking of new gTLDs as “more” instead of “new”. More available domains, more opportunity, more targeted/relevant traffic, higher search rankings, etc. It has become incredibly difficult to find a short domain (because .com et al are saturated)—so ‘more’ gTLDs offer ‘new’ opportunities to be creative and once again register short, relevant domain names that aren’t already registered.

Registering a .brand domain allows you to lose the ambiguity and let potential customers know exactly who you are and what you do. Registering these domains is also a great way to brand and market your products and services. “Registering a .brand top level domain can make it clear to customers that they are visiting or purchasing from an authentic website (or, conversely, when they’re not). It can also offer a breadth of marketing opportunities for different products, services and campaigns—think,, and the like.”

For questions please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 ( or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (

Verisign recently published an interesting report, which stated that 4 million domain names were added to the Internet during Q4 2014. This brings the total number of registered domain names to a whopping 288 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs)—that’s a growth rate of 1.3% in just one quarter. What’s equally (or perhaps even more) impressive is that .com/.net registrations increased by 8.2 million in Q4 of both 2013 and 2014 and to date, account for 131.6 million of all TLD registrations (in aggregate). Of that 131.6 million, 115.6 million are .com and 15.0 million are .net. And while we’re talking about .com… we also wanted to mention that the Internet’s most recognized top-level domain turned 30 this year—Happy 30th .COM!


New gTLDs .PORN and .ADULT entered TM Sunrise today, March 2, 2015. This exclusive registration phase will remain open through April 1, 2015, but the registry will also launch another Sunrise phase, a domain matching phase, and General Availability:

  • TM Sunrise B :: Scheduled to open April 6, 2015 and remain open through April 30, 2015
  • Domain Matching :: Scheduled to open May 6, 2015 and remain open through May 31, 2015
  • General Availability :: Scheduled to open May 31, 2015

The ICM Registry is not offering any registry blocks for these two new gTLDs, like they did for .XXX. If you are interested in protecting your brand/TM, you may register .porn/.adult domains during one of the launch phases. For questions about this launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 ( or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (

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