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This Practice Note discussed the background to domain names, the process for registration and the practical and legal steps that can be taken to resolve disputes regarding domain names. It covers:
What is a domain name?
ICANN’s New Generic Top Level Domain Program
The domain name supply chain
Domain name registration strategy — getting in first
Protection afforded by domain name registration
Common disputes regarding domain names
Practical measures for the resolution of domain name disputes
Resolution of dispute — UDRP, Nominet, EURid adjudication and litigation
Computers existed long before the internet. During the 1960s and 1970s, the US government funded research into how to connect up computers and enable people to communicate across different networks. The resulting technology enabled systems that were quite different from one another to be connected through very lightweight technologies: internet naming and addressing. This structure allows for advances in infrastructure (for example, moving from copper wire to fibre optic cable, wired connections to wireless), and in applications (static web pages to rich media, voice-over IP telephony), many of which were never even dreamt of by the internet’s original designers.
A domain name is one of the components of the internet’s transport layer, being the internet’s naming and addressing system. Each computer or device that is connected to the internet is identified by an internet
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