Legal treatment of domain disputes

Conflicts about rights to a domain name can be decided upon by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, an independent extrajudicial tribunal. Domain conflicts can also be brought to court. A decision from the ADR Committee does not bind the court with regard to further process.

Two types of conflicts involving domain names can arise:

  • A dispute about the domain name itself
  • A dispute about the content under the domain

Under normal circumstances, Norid is not a party to these conflicts, nor do we need to be in order to be able to take any necessary actions.

In cases where a legally binding decision has been made, the domain name policy provides the authority we need to either transfer or delete a domain name, or to carry out other operations without the holder’s consent. The prerequisite is that the claim in the decision is worded in such a way that they can be executed without coming into conflict with the agreement between Norid and the domain name holder, or the domain name policy in general.

Last updated 25 August 2017