Change to the domain name policy, 18 November 2008

In connection with a review of the policy for the .no domain, a number of minor changes will be made.

On 18 November 2008 at 07:00, Norid closes its function for the receipt of applications. Applications will then be cleared from the system. Applications received before the closing date and time will be processed in accordance with the old domain name policy. Receipt of applications openes again at 09:00 on the same day. Applications received after this time will be processed in accordance with the revised domain name policy. All applications are treated according to the “first come, first served” principle.

Change to Appendix A – Reserved names

The municipality of Tustna was merged with another municipality in 2006. The domain name tustna.no was then removed from the geographical second-level domains. There are no longer any subdomains registered within tustna.no, and the domain will thus be removed from Appendix A and made available for registration.

Change to Appendix B – Geographical names

The domain name ulstein.no has been removed from the domain name holder who had previously registered it, and the name will now be made available for use as a geographical second-level domain. This means that it will now be possible to register subdomains under ulstein.no.

The municipalities Frei and Kristiansund have been merged, and the municipality name “Frei kommune” no longer exists. This entails the following changes to the domain name policy:

The domain frei.no will be removed from Appendix B. This means that it will no longer be possible to register subdomains within frei.no. The domain has a subdomain registered, and will therefore not be removed from Appendix A. If the subdomain is later deleted by the domain name holder, the domain will also be removed from Appendix A in accordance with the usual procedure.

Change to Appendix E – Types of organizations

In connection with the new Act on cooperatives [Lov om samvirkeforetak], the Brønnøysund Register Centre has created a new type of organization. Over time, many of the organizations whose type is at present “company with limited liability” [“selskap med begrenset ansvar”] will be converted to cooperatives. In the light of the requirements that apply to cooperatives, these are regarded as a type of organization that will be able to register domain names within the .no domain. Appendix E will be changed in accordance with this.

Publication of decisions from the domain complaints board

Lovdata publishes the decisions of the domain complaints board in its information system Lovdata Online. The domain name policy will be changed to reflect this.

Change to Appendix H, Clause 2.10, second paragraph

Old wording:
All decisions will be published in full on Norid’s Web pages. If so required by one of the parties, information about technical equipment and procedures as well as operational and business matters which should be kept confidential for competitive reasons out of consideration for the party to which the information relates shall be excluded from publication. Requirements for secrecy must be submitted by the parties without being specially requested and in the parties’ ordinary submissions. The domain complaints board decides whether, and if so, how parts of the board’s decision shall be excluded from public access.

New wording:
All decisions will be published in full on Norid’s Web pages and in Lovdata’s information system Lovdata Online. If so required by one of the parties, information about technical equipment and procedures as well as operational and business matters which should be kept confidential for competitive reasons out of consideration for the party to which the information relates shall be excluded from publication. Requirements for secrecy must be submitted by the parties without being specially requested and in the parties’ ordinary submissions. The domain complaints board decides whether, and if so, how parts of the board’s decision shall be excluded from public access.

Change to Appendix I, Clause 2.9

Old wording:
All decisions will be published in full on Norid’s Web pages. If so required by one of the parties, information about technical equipment and procedures as well as operational and business matters which should be kept confidential for competitive reasons out of consideration for the party to which the information relates shall be excluded from publication. Requirements for secrecy must be submitted by the parties without being specially requested and in the parties’ ordinary submissions. The domain complaints board decides whether, and if so, how parts of the board’s decision shall be excluded from public access.

New wording:
All decisions will be published in full on Norid’s Web pages and in Lovdata’s information system Lovdata Online. If so required by one of the parties, information about technical equipment and procedures as well as operational and business matters which should be kept confidential for competitive reasons out of consideration for the party to which the information relates shall be excluded from publication. Requirements for secrecy must be submitted by the parties without being specially requested and in the parties’ ordinary submissions. The domain complaints board decides whether, and if so, how parts of the board’s decision shall be excluded from public access.

Change to Appendix J, Clause 2.9

Old wording:
All decisions will be published in full on Norid’s Web pages. If so required by one of the parties, information about technical equipment and procedures as well as operational and business matters which should be kept confidential for competitive reasons out of consideration for the party to which the information relates shall be excluded from publication. Requirements for secrecy must be submitted by the parties without being specially requested and in the parties’ ordinary submissions. The domain complaints board decides whether, and if so, how parts of the board’s decision shall be excluded from public access.

New wording:
All decisions will be published in full on Norid’s Web pages and in Lovdata’s information system Lovdata Online. If so required by one of the parties, information about technical equipment and procedures as well as operational and business matters which should be kept confidential for competitive reasons out of consideration for the party to which the information relates shall be excluded from publication. Requirements for secrecy must be submitted by the parties without being specially requested and in the parties’ ordinary submissions. The domain complaints board decides whether, and if so, how parts of the board’s decision shall be excluded from public access.

Linguistic update

Clause 4.2 of the domain name policy will be updated to reflect the fact that a category domain, priv.no, is not intended for organizations.

Old wording:
4.2 Category second-level domains are used to gather organizations which have particular characteristics in common. For these domains, additional rules apply. See the list of category second-level domains in the table below, as well as the additional rules for category second-level domains (Appendix C).

New wording:
4.2 Category second-level domains are used to gather groups of domain name holders which have particular characteristics in common. For these domains, additional rules apply. See the list of category second-level domains in the table below, as well as the additional rules for category second-level domains (Appendix C).

Clause 14.1 of the domain name policy will be updated so that the wording corresponds to 14.6 and the declaration form (Appendix G).

Old wording:
14.1 Before submitting an application, applicants must familiarize themselves with the domain name policy and ensure that registration of the domain name does not violate Norwegian law or the rights of third parties, and does not create an unwarranted impression of being associated with public-sector administration or the exercise of public powers. Norid does not undertake any checking of this. The applicant bears the sole responsibility, including criminal liability and liability for damages, for consequences of the registration and use of the domain name.

New wording:
14.1 Before submitting an application, applicants must familiarize themselves with the domain name policy. Applicants shall ensure that the registration of the domain name does not violate the domain name policy or Norwegian law or the rights of third parties, and does not create an unwarranted impression of being associated with public-sector administration or the exercise of public powers. Norid does not undertake any checking of this. The applicant bears the sole responsibility, including criminal liability and liability for damages, for consequences of the registration and use of the domain name.

Removal of the concept of “profanity” from the domain name policy

The expression “profanity”, which has been used in certain places in the domain name policy, is a word that creates confusion, and we have therefore reworded the relevant paragraphs. In addition, the text in the domain name policy will be harmonized with the text of the declaration form (Appendix G).

Change in 14.6

Old wording:
14.6 Before submitting an application, the applicant must sign a declaration form (Appendix G) certifying that, to the best of his or her knowledge, registration or use of the name does not violate any third party’s registered or unregistered rights to the name, and does not violate Norwegian law, in that, for example, the name is considered an illegal profanity or considered discriminatory, defamatory, pornographic or otherwise illegal, and does not create an unwarranted impression of being associated with public-sector administration or the exercise of public powers. In the declaration form, the applicant agrees that the registry may withdraw an assigned domain name when it is obvious that the assignment is in conflict with conditions that have been mentioned or with the domain name policy in any other way. The declaration form is submitted to the registrar, who is obliged to keep it on file.

New wording:
14.6 Before submitting an application, the applicant must sign a declaration form (Appendix G) certifying inter alia that, to the best of his or her knowledge, registration or use of the name does not violate any third party’s registered or unregistered rights to the name, and does not violate Norwegian law as discriminatory, defamatory, pornographic or otherwise illegal, and does not create an unwarranted impression of being associated with public-sector administration or the exercise of public powers. In the declaration form, the applicant agrees that the registry may withdraw an assigned domain name when it is obvious that the assignment is in conflict with conditions that have been mentioned or with the domain name policy in any other way. The declaration form is to be signed and sent by fax, as a scanned attachment to email, or by ordinary post to a registrar who is obliged to keep it on file. If a copy is sent, the applicant must keep the original. The applicant is obliged to present the original at Norid’s request.

Change to Appendix A

Old wording:
Name that are prohibited as profanities
Certain profane expressions may not be registered within the .no domain. The names are prohibited because they represent pornographic or discriminatory expressions, and Norid considers that their registration should not be permitted. Even though it is not possible to prevent all such registration, and even though the choice of domain name is the applicant’s responsibility, it is desirable to restrict certain expressions. No list of these names will be published.

New wording:
Specific words and expressions
Certain expressions may not be registered within the .no domain. The names are prohibited because they represent pornographic, defamatory or discriminatory expressions or other specific words and expressions whose registration Norid feels should not be permitted. Even though it is not possible to prevent all such registrations, and even though the choice of domain name is the applicant’s responsibility, it is desirable to restrict certain expressions. No list of these names will be published.

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