Domains and domain names—Denmark—Q&A guide

The following TMT practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Domains and domain names—Denmark—Q&A guide
  • 1. Which entity is responsible for registration of domain names in the country code top-level domain (ccTLD)?
  • 2. How are domain names registered?
  • 3. For how long is registration effective?
  • 4. What is the cost of registration?
  • 5. Are registered domain names transferable? If so, how? Can the use of a domain name be licensed?
  • 6. What are the differences, if any, with registration in the ccTLD as compared with a generic top-level domain (gTLD)?
  • 7. Is the registrant’s contact information freely available? Can the registrant use a privacy service to hide its contact information?
  • 8. If a registrant’s contact information is hidden, under what circumstances will it be disclosed? What processes are available to lift a registrant’s privacy shield?
  • 9. Are third parties (such as trademark holders) notified of a domain name registration or attempt to register a domain name? If so, how? If not, how can third parties receive notice?
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Domains and domain names—Denmark—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to domains and domain names in Denmark published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: February 2020).

Authors: Gorrissen Federspiel—Frederik Tram; Hanne Kirk

1. Which entity is responsible for registration of domain names in the country code top-level domain (ccTLD)?

The Danish Internet Forum (DIFO) has overall responsibility for the ccTLD .dk. DIFO is appointed by the Danish Ministry of Trade and Industry.

DIFO has delegated the day-to-day administration of the .dk domain names to DK Hostmaster A/S (DK Hostmaster), a public limited liability company owned by DIFO.

In Denmark, the administration of domain names takes the form of a sole registry, which is administered by DK Hostmaster.

In practice, .dk domains are purchased through a registrar approved by DK Hostmaster, while the contractual relationship is with DK Hostmaster. In January 2020, DK Hostmaster had 161 appointed registrars (web hosting companies) providing registration for .dk domain names.

2. How are domain names registered?

A domain name is registered online through one of DK Hostmaster’s appointed registrars. Before registration the registrant must undergo an identity check. Subsequently, the domain name must be activated by confirming the agreement with DK Hostmaster. The registration agreement is concluded between the registrant and DK Hostmaster.

3. For how long is registration effective?

A registration period of one, two, three

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