Domains and domain names—Germany—Q&A guide

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

  • Domains and domain names—Germany—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—Germany—Q&A guide

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

Authors: Bardehle Pagenberg—Pascal Böhner

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

The ccTLD in Germany is .de. It is handled by the registry DENIC eG (see www.denic.de).

2. How are domain names registered?

Applicants may register .de domain names directly with the registry DENIC, or with any provider who is either a DENIC member or who works with a DENIC member.

The registration of a .de domain name creates a direct contractual relationship between the registry and the applicant. The contents of the domain contract are determined by DENIC's Domain Terms and Conditions and its Domain Guidelines.

3. For how long is registration effective?

The registration is effective for one year, but it can be extended.

4. What is the cost of registration?

The cost of the registration depends on the provider and the prices offered by them (or DENIC, which is usually more expensive). Prices range from about EUR 10 to EUR 120 per domain name per year.

5. Are registered domain names transferable? If so, how? Can the use of a domain name be licensed?

Yes, registered domain names are transferable. To transfer a domain name, the

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