EURid launches Christmas competition

Today, November 25th 2010, EURid (.eu-registry) started a large Christmas competition. This action will end on December 25th 2010. During those 4 weeks, EURid will give away 25 iPod Touches each week. The winners will be selected on December 2nd, 10th, 18th and 26th. Everyone who registered a new .eu domain name in the week before the selection has got a chance to win a brand new 8GB iPod Touch.

On January 26th 2011, there will be a final selection. All the non-winners of the previous selections still have a chance to win an iPod Touch during this final selection. During this final selection, the iPods of which the actual owner didn’t react or couldn’t be contacted will be given away.

So don’t wait any longer. Register a new .eu domain name quickly and maybe you’ll win a brand new iPod Touch!

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This post was written by lieve on November 25, 2010

Somalian registry extends sunrise period

The Somalian registry has just sent out a message to inform everyone the sunrise period for the .so domain will be extended until December 31st 2010.  So this period is extended with one month. The reason for this extension is the hugh success of the sunrise period of the Somalian domain. Due to this extension, the starting dates of the other periods also change. Below you’ll find a new overview:

– Sunrise: November 1st 2010 until December 31st 2010
– Landrush: January 10th 2011 until February 28th 2011
– General Availability: April 1st 2011

To register a domain name during the sunrise period you need to keep some things in mind and you need to meet certain conditions:

  • You need to be the owner of a registered trade mark of which
  • the registration was completed before January 1st 2010 and
  • you’ll need to provide paperwork to prove this trademark registration. The .so-registry requires that this paperwork is validated by an instance they’ve chosen (IP Clearinghouse Operator)
  • you can only register your trademark under the .so domain and
  • you need to register your .so domain name for 3 years

If 2 or more people apply for the same domain name, those names will be sold during an auction after the sunrise to the highest bidder.

During the landrush and the general availability, everyone who wishes to do so, can register a .so domain name. If during the landrush 2 or more people apply for the same domain name, those names will be sold during an auction after the landrush to the highest bidder. After the start of the general availability applications will be treated on a first come, first served basis. Both during the landrush and the general availability, it will be possible to register .so domain names per year.

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This post was written by lieve on November 25, 2010

Release .sa domain

In January 2011, the Saudi Arabian registry will start the release of the .sa extension. This release will happen in several phases. You need to meet certain conditions if you want to register a .sa domain name during these phases.

Sunrise: The sunrise will start on January 10th 2011 and will end on March 7th 2011. To register a domain name during the sunrise you need to meet the following conditions:

  • You need to have a registered .com.sa domain name
  • You can only register the .sa domain name you already have under the .com.sa extension
  • Your .com.sa domain name needed to be registered BEFORE December 6th 2010
  • You need to provide a proof that you have a trade mark valid in Saudi Arabia. You need such trade mark anyway to be able to register a .com.sa domain name
  • You need to provide some paperwork to complete this registration. We’ll send you the paperwork. You’ll need to sign and stamp those documents.

Landrush: The sunrise will be followed by the landrush. This landrush will start on May 2nd 2011. During this landrush, everyone who wishes to do so can register a domain name under the .sa extension. However you need to meet the following conditions:

  • You need to have a Saudi Arabian trademark. You’ll also need to proof you’ve got such trademark
  • You need to provide some paperwork to complete this registration. We’ll send you the paperwork. You’ll need to sign and stamp those documents.

Furthermore a local company needs to be the owner of this domain name for both applications during the sunrise and the landrush. If this isn’t the case with your application, you can use our local presence.

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This post was written by lieve on November 24, 2010

DNS.be starts national campaign

On Monday November 15th DNS.be (.be-registry) started a large campaign in the national media. Via tv- and radio commercials and via bannering on several media websites they want to make sure everybody understands how important a .be domain name is. Via playful commercials the campaign is mainly focussing on entrepreneurs. Each commercial explains in very little time why you should register a .be domain name.

Curious to see the result? The commercials can still be seen and heard until November 30th on Eén, Canvas, La Une, La Deux, RTL-TVI, radio2, Vivacité and Classic 21. The bannering on the media websites, such as De Morgen, De Standaard, MSN, Sudpresse and RTL, will continue until the end of 2010.

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This post was written by lieve on November 16, 2010

Plans for own extension for Flanders, .vla, are put on hold

In the summer of 2008, we mentioned that Flanders would get an own personal extension, .vla. However, today DataNews reported that the plans for this own domain are put on hold. There are several reasons for this decision.

For example a personal extension will cost a lot of money. Moreover there seems to be very little interest for .vla as a domain for Flanders. To measure this interest the Flemish government sent out questionnaires to both companies and individuals. They hardly received any answers what led to the conclusion that having an own personal extension isn’t a big issue for the Flemish people. Moreover, there have also been some perception studies which showed that the name ‘Flanders’ doesn’t mean that much on international scale.

‘Moreover there’s also a communitarian aspect,’ says an insider. ‘With a .vla managed by the government, one might think that Flanders already states itself as independent digitally.’

Of course the government doesn’t have a monopoly on the own extension for Flanders. If the Flemish government won’t file an application for a personal extension for Flanders, others still can do so. According to DataNews, several external parties already stated they’re interested in setting up and running an extension for Flanders.

However, if they want to do so, there’s only little time left. In May next year the applications need to be filed. Moreover the Spanish Valencia is also showing interest in a personal extension. They’re interested in .val. If Valencia files an application before Flanders does, it’s very well possible that .vla will never become a personal extension. This decision is up to ICANN (the party which will treat the applications for personal extensions). If ICANN would decide that both extensions look too much alike and that there can be a confusion about this, .vla will be off the table, if Valencia files their application first.

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This post was written by lieve on November 10, 2010

Expensive advisory board for SIDN

On their business relations day last Thursday, the SIDN (.nl-registry) released more details about their yet to be established advisory board. This board would allow the different .nl-registrars to advice the SIDN regarding updates to their workings and procedures. The first thing to stand out, was the magnitude of the independent association that would be the advisory board. Especially given the relatively limited power which it has.

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This post was written by admin on November 5, 2010

Sunrise .so and .co.no has started

On November 1st the sunrise for both .so (Somalia) as for .co.no (Norway) have started. In order to register a domain name during the sunrise of 1 of those 2 extensions, you need to be the owner of a registered trade mark.

The sunrise for .so started on November 1st 2010 and will end on November 30th 2010. If during the sunrise 2 or more persons file an application for the same name, this name will be sold during an auction between December 1st 2010 and December 15th 2010. Only the persons who filed an application can participate in the auction. Here you’ll find more information about the .so sunrise.

The sunrise for the .so extension will be followed by a landrush and finally by the general availability.

For .co.no the sunrise will last 3 months meaning it will end on January 31st 2011. They will immediately continue to the general availability which will start on February 22nd 2011. So from then on, everyone who wishes to do so can register a domain name under the .co.no extension. You’ll find more information about the .co.no sunrise here.

Important to know is that the .co.no domain is not an official Norwegian extension and that the .no registry has got nothing to do with this extension. You’ll find more information about that here.

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This post was written by lieve on November 3, 2010

Nominet releases planning for launch 1 and 2 character .uk names

A while ago we already posted an article about the fact that Nominet (.uk registry) was going to release 1 and 2 character .uk names. Now they have given some more information about this release. The lauch of those domain names will happen in several phases.

The release will start with a ‘Registered Right Sunrise’. This sunrise will begin on December 1st 2010 and will end on January 17th 2011. During this sunrise period owners of a registered trade mark can file an application to register a domain name. Attention: You need to meet the following conditions:

  • the domain name you wish to register needs to match your registered trade mark exactly
  • your registered trademark needs to be valid in the UK
  • your registered trade mark needed to be active before January 1st 2008
  • you need to provide evidence of doing business in the UK before January 1st 2008 using this registered trade mark

Only if you meet those 4 conditions, you will be able to file an application for a domain name during this sunrise period. If 2 or more persons apply for the same name and those applications are considered as valid than the domain name will be sold during an auction at the highest bidder. Only people who filed a valid application can participated in the auction.

This sunrise will be followed by an ‘Unregistered Rigths Sunrise’. This period will start during 2011, an exact date isn’t yet known. During this period both owners of a registered trade mark who missed the deadline of the previous sunrise and owners of ‘other rights’ (for instance a company name,…) can file an application to register a domain name. You still need to meet the following conditions:

  • the domain name you wish to register needs to match your registered trade mark or ‘other right’ exactly
  • your registered trademark or ‘other right’ needs to be valid in the UK
  • your registered trade mark or ‘other right’ needed to be active before January 1st 2008
  • you need to provide evidence of doing business in the UK before January 1st 2008 using this registered trade mark or ‘other right’

Both those sunrise phases will be followed by a landrush in the course of 2011. During this landrush everyone who wishes to do so can register a 1 or 2 character .uk name which hasn’t yet been registered during one of the previous sunrise periods.

At the moment, bNamed.net accepts pre-registrations for the first sunrise period.

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This post was written by lieve on November 3, 2010