Changes to the domain name policy 7 May 2013

Norid is doing a minor spring cleanup in the domain name policy, effective on 7 May. Among other things, we will add a new domain into the geographical name tree, while a couple of others will be removed because the municipalities they belonged to have merged into new units. These domains will be released and may be registered on the usual first-come, first-served basis.

Timing

The revised domain name policy will be in effect starting on 7 May, at 10 AM, Norwegian time. From that point on, the released domains can be registered.

Appendix A

Even though numeric domains have no particular association to telephone numbers, telephone numbers used as national emergency numbers or the equivalent are regarded as a special case in which society has a strong interest in avoiding confusion and misuse with the resulting consequences for life and health.

When numerical domain names launched in 2008, six domains were added to appendix A, and the insitutions responsible had five year deadline to register the following domains:

110	
112	
113	
141	
1412	
02800

The reservation deadline is now past, all the domains have been registered, and will now be removed from the appendix.

In June 2009 another two domains were reserved. At the time, it was not decided which insitutions the domains should belong with and because of this, the domains have not been published in the appendix. This has now been decided upon, and the domains will now be added to the appendix:

116000 Post- og teletilsynet
116123 Mental Helse

The insitutions responsible must register the domain names by 30 October 2014.

Mosvik municipality merged with Inderø municipality on 1 January 2012. Bjarkøy municipality merged with Harstad municipality on 1 January 2013. The following geographical second-level domains have no subdomains registered, and will therefore be released to the name pool:

bjarkoy.no
bjarkoey.no
bjarkøy.no
mosvik.no

Appendix B

The domain name re.no was added to the list of forbidden names in appendix A in 2002, after the merging of two municipalities. The addition of names to this list does not have retroactive effect. This means that names that have been registered, are not recalled if they later get added to the list. But if such a domain is then deleted, it will not be possible to register it again. Such domains may also not be transferred to a new holder.

The domain re.no was registered when it was added to the list of forbidden names, but has recently been deleted. The domain will now be added to the geographical name tree in appendix B, so that interested parties may register sub-domains within re.no.

The domains bjarkoy.no, bjarkøy.no and mosvik.no are closed for new registrations, and will be removed from the appendix at the time of their release as discussed above.

New Appendix L

The document “Explanations and definitions”, which contains definitions of important terms in the domain name policy will now be published as a proper appendix to the policy, Appendix L.

7. Requirements for the application

Clauses 7.2 and 7.4 have been merged to a revised subclause 7.2. The link to Norid’s forms has been removed, as this is only relevant for the registrars.

Clause 3.4

The last sentence is irrelevant and will be removed.

11.2 Temporary Suspension

The text is simplified to clarify the basic rule. The actual mechanics and other details is part of Norid’s operating procedures.

Old text:
11.2 The domain name holder may require a temporary suspension of the domain name (hold). This does not mean that the registration is changed or lost. While suspended, the name will not function, but it will also be impossible for anyone else to register it. Suspension may be requested for up to 6 months. At any time, the domain name holder may request that the suspension be lifted. Suspension may not be requested again within 2 years of being lifted. In the event of a legal dispute where the domain name holder’s right to the name and its use is challenged, the holder may request suspension regardless of any previous suspensions, and effective until final judgement in the matter. Suspension has no effect on the obligation to pay the ordinary fees.

New text:
11.2 The domain name holder may require a temporary suspension of the domain name for up to 6 months. Suspension has no effect on the obligation to pay the ordinary fees.

Other changes

The tables at the bottom of the domain name policy with links to various RFCs and support documents will be removed.

Changes in the mandate for the ADR Committee

Number of members

During the years the ADR Committee has been active, the number of complaints has increased steadily. This causes an increasing workload on each member, and it is therefore important to ensure that the committee is at all times large enough to process the complaints within the time limits set by the domain name policy. The minimum number of members will now be adjusted from 4 to 9.

Old text:
4. The ADR Committee shall consist of at least 4 members. (…)

New text:
4. The ADR Committee shall consist of at least 9 members (…)

The chair’s terms of office

It is our experience that a competent chair with solid knowledge about the domain name system and how the domain name policy works has been essensial to the success of the ADR Committee. We want to secure this for the future. It is natural for the chair to be elected from the committee members. This way, the chair will have the necessary experience to function as intended.

In order to avoid cases where an experienced member of the ADR Committee cannot be elected as chair because their maximum term of service is running out, clauses 5 and 6 in the mandate change to strengthen the continuity of the committee.

Clause 7 in the mandate allows the chair to decide that a particularly difficult complaint case should be adjuciated in plenary assembly. This is too extensive now that the committee consists of 12 members. Instead, the chair will now have the option to add two additional members to an already existing team, so that special cases may be adjuciated by five members rather than the usual three. The option to adjuciate a complaint case in full plenary assembly is kept, however, for those special occasions when the team assigned to a case wish to deviate from the committee’s earlier precedense.

Old text:
5. The members are appointed for two years at a time. A member may not serve for more than three consecutive terms of office. To ensure that the ADR Committee obtains a steady transfer of competence from old to new members, Norid will carry out a process of gradual succession of the members as their terms of office end. To facilitate this process, Norid may appoint a member for a term of less than two years, and may extend a member’s term of office by up to one year beyond the three terms mentioned above.

6. 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.

7. Three members shall participate in the adjudication of each case. The chair of the ADR Committee decides which members are to participate in the adjudication of a case, based on a rotation system determined by the chair. At least one of the participants shall be a lawyer. Questions about withdrawal from a case due to partiality or for other reasons are to be communicated to the chair, who decides whether a deputy shall be appointed and designates the deputy. If the chair finds that a case raises questions of principle that have not been decided by the ADR Committee previously, the chair may decide that the case is to be adjudicated in a plenary session. The same applies if it emerges that two or more members who participate in the adjudication of a case wish to decide it in a way that varies from the practice that the ADR Committee has followed previously. The members shall contribute to making the chair aware of the existence of such a situation.

Ny tekst:
5. The members are appointed for two years at a time. A member may not serve for more than three consecutive terms of office. An exception to this rule applies if a current member is elected or re-elected as leader. To ensure that the ADR Committee obtains a steady transfer of competence from old to new members, Norid will carry out a process of gradual succession of the members as their terms of office end. To facilitate this process, Norid may appoint a member for a term of less than two years, and may extend a member’s term of office by up to one year beyond the three terms mentioned above.

6. The members themselves elect the chair and the vice chair of the ADR Committee. Both shall be lawyers with a broad base of experience. Due to considerations of independence, the members that represent NHO and Patentstyret may not be elected. The chair acts as the ADR Committee’s contact person with regard to the Press. The vice chair acts as deputy if the chair is ill or otherwise absent, or if the chair is legally disqualified. The chair’s maximum term of service is four years.

7. Three members shall participate in the adjudication of each case. The chair of the ADR Committee decides which members are to participate in the adjudication of a case, based on a rotation system determined by the chair. At least one of the participants shall be a lawyer. Questions about withdrawal from a case due to partiality or for other reasons are to be communicated to the chair, who decides whether a deputy shall be appointed and designates the deputy. If the chair finds that a case raises questions of principle that have not been decided by the ADR Committee previously, the chair may decide that the case is to be adjudicated by a team of five members. If it emerges that two or more members who participate in the adjudication of a case wish to decide it in a way that varies from the practice that the ADR Committee has followed previously, the chair may decide to adjuciate in a plenary assembly. The members shall contribute to making the chair aware of the existence of such a situation.

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