Domain names—background, registration and dispute resolution
Produced in partnership with Emily Taylor of Oxford Information Labs

The following TMT practice note produced in partnership with Emily Taylor of Oxford Information Labs provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Domain names—background, registration and dispute resolution
  • 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
  • Dispute resolution
  • Protection afforded by domain name registration
  • Common disputes regarding domain names
  • Practical measures for resolution of domain name disputes
  • Resolution of disputes — UDRP, Nominet, EURid adjudication and litigation
  • More...

Domain names—background, registration and dispute resolution

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:

  1. What is a domain name?

  2. ICANN’s New Generic Top Level Domain Program

  3. The domain name supply chain

  4. Domain name registration strategy — getting in first

  5. Dispute resolution

  6. Protection afforded by domain name registration

  7. Common disputes regarding domain names

  8. Practical measures for the resolution of domain name disputes

  9. Resolution of dispute — UDRP, Nominet, EURid adjudication and litigation

What is a domain name?

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

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