In a criminal case involving seizure of a domain name, the court may order forfeiture as a final measure. In that the domain name holder does not own the domain, but simply subscribes to it, forfeiture of the domain name will, in practice, differ from other types of forfeitures. The registration has been used to offer an address for an unlawful service, but the domain itself is not unlawful. Similar to how it would work for telephone numbers, the domain name holder forfeits control of the domain, not the domain itself.
Forfeiture orders must be issued against the domain registration holder.
What are the steps involved in a domain forfeiture?
The prosecuting authority may choose to have a forfeited registration deleted. If so, the domain returns to the domain resource managed by Norid, and anyone may register the domain again.
A copy of a final and enforceable court order as well as of the prosecuting authority’s decision to delete the registration, must be sent to us by e-mail to email@example.com, or by mail to Norid AS, Postboks 4769 Torgarden, NO-7465 Trondheim.
Norid deletes the registration. The domain name holder at the time of deletion (the police) will receive an automatic notice, cf. article 11.4 of the domain name policy
The prosecuting authority may choose to delete the registration in accordance with standard procedures for domain deletion. This would take place without Norid’s involvement. The deleted domain would become available for re-registration immediately.
Forfeited registrations may be retained or transferred.
Instead of deleting a forfeited registration, the State may choose to keep it or transfer it to a third party. Such transfers could be made in return for a fee to the Treasury.
The new registration holder must meet standard requirements for registration holders pursuant to the .no domain name policy. Registration is transferred in accordance with standard procedures for the transfer of domains, and the new holder will assume the role of an ordinary registration holder, with the rights and obligations this entails. This includes liability for any and all standard fees that may accrue.
There is no need to notify Norid in cases where the registration is maintained.