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Setting the scene: principles of domain name disputes

01-05-2012

Eric Ramage

Many, but not all, domain name registries offer some form of alternative dispute resolution, the best known of which is ICANN’s UDRP, but there are others, as Eric Ramage explains.

Many, but not all, domain name registries offer some form of alternative dispute resolution, the best known of which is ICANN’s UDRP, but there are others, as Eric Ramage explains.

Nominet, the UK registry, offers its own dispute resolution service (DRS) and Eurid, which runs the European Domain Name Registry, also offers its own alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Other ADR services are offered by individual registries, and some have none at all.

Eurid’s ADR is administered by the Czech Arbitration Court and is based upon EC Regulation 874/2004, in particular Article 21, which states that a registered domain name shall be subject to revocation (i) when it is identical, or confusingly similar, to a name in respect of which a right is recognised or established by national and/or Community law; (ii) when it has been registered by its holder without rights or legitimate interest in the name; or (iii) when it has been registered, or is being used, in bad faith.


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