Change to the domain name policy, 13 July 2009

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

Clarification regarding the right of use

As with telephone numbers, the allocation of domain names provides only a right to use the name. This is now stated more clearly in the domain name policy.

A new Clause 1.4 has been introduced, as well as a clarification in Clause 13.2:
1.4 Registration of a domain name confers only a right of use, not ownership. The right of use is maintained for the duration of the domain name registration.

13.2 Registration of a domain name confers only a right of use. This does not provide greater or other rights to the name than the applicant had previously. Registration does not entail any restriction on rights that others may have to use the name.

Change to Appendix A – Reserved and prohibited domain names

Possible future category second-level domains
The domain co.no is reserved as a future category second-level domain in the same way as com.no.

Addition of new names to the prohibited / reserved list will not take place with retroactive effect. This means that names that have already been registered will not be removed even if they are added to the list. If the name is deleted later, however, it will be blocked for new registration. Such names cannot be transferred to a new domain name holder. This will apply to co.no.

Change to Appendix F – Technical name server requirements

To support the introduction of IPv6 in Norway, Norid has set up three of the name servers for the .no domain so that they are available via IPv6 in addition to IPv4. We are also setting up a trial system in which domain name holders may have name servers for their domains available over IPv6.

Old wording

  1. Accessible name servers
    Name servers must be permanently connected to the Internet, and must have a permanently assigned (fixed) IP address.

New wording

  1. Accessible name servers
    Name servers must be permanently connected to the Internet, and must have a permanently assigned (fixed) IPv4 address. As a trial system, Norid will allow name servers to have IPv6 addresses as well, if they comply with the guidelines for the system.

For about 10 years, Norid has only allowed registration of fully delegated domain names within the .no domain, and requirements for MX records have therefore been removed from the domain name policy.

Old wording

  1. Canonical name on the right-hand side in NS and MX records
    On the right-hand side in an NS record the canonical name must always be used, and not an alias (CNAME).

    On the right-hand side in an MX record the canonical name must always be used, and not an alias (CNAME). The requirement for the canonical name in the MX record can be waived if the specified contact persons for a domain have email addresses outside the domain.

New wording:

  1. Canonical name on the right-hand side in NS records
    On the right-hand side in an NS record the canonical name must always be used, and not an alias (CNAME).

Mandate for the Domain Dispute Resolution Board

To reduce the consequences for the Domain Dispute Resolution Board should the chair die or be unavailable over longer periods, a requirement for a vice chair of the Board has been introduced. In addition, a temporary exemption from the requirement for rotation of the members has been introduced until the system for personal domain names is in place and in stable operation.

Old wording:

  1. The members themselves elect the chair of the ADR committee. The chair shall be a lawyer with a broad base of experience. The chair acts as the ADR committee’s contact person with regard to the Press.

New wording:

  1. The members themselves elect the chair and the vice chair of the Domain Dispute Resolution Board. Both shall be lawyers with a broad base of experience. Due to independence considerations, the members who represent the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry (NHO) and the Norwegian Patent Office (Patentstyret) may not be elected. The chair acts as the Domain Dispute Resolution Board’s contact person with regard to the Press. The vice chair is the deputy for the chair in the event of the chair’s illness or other absence or if the chair is disqualified.

The following footnote is to be added to at the end of Clause 5:
In accordance with advice from Norpol, the limit on the number of periods will be waived temporarily until the system for personal domain names is in place and in stable operation.

Minor clarifications and language editing

Change to Clause 16.1

It is clarified that public-sector bodies may complain if registration or use of a domain name results in an unlawful impression of being a public-sector activity. Because more than 3 years have elapsed since the Domain Dispute Resolution Board was established, all references to the time of establishment have been removed, as this is no longer relevant to the time limit for complaints.

New wording:

16.1 Complaint type A: The holder of rights to names may complain on the basis that the registration or use of the domain name entails an infringement of their rights. Public-sector bodies may complain that the registration or use of the domain name creates an unwarranted impression that it concerns public-sector administration or the exercise of public powers. The respondent in complaints of this type is the holder of the domain name in connection with which the complaint is made. The time limit for complaints is 3 years from the registration of the domain name. See Appendix H for details and for the complaint procedure.

16.3 Complaint type C: Norid may complain that a domain name has been registered in conflict with the applicant’s declaration form. The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority may complain that a domain name has been registered in conflict with the applicable administrative regulations [forskrift]. The respondent in complaints of this type is the holder of the domain name in connection with which the complaint is made. The time limit for complaints is 3 years from the registration of the domain name. See Appendix J for details and for the complaint procedure.

In addition, minor language editing has been done in Appendix A.

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