Domains and domain names—United Kingdom—Q&A guide

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

  • Domains and domain names—United Kingdom—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—United Kingdom—Q&A guide

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

Authors: Hogan Lovells—David Taylor

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

Nominet UK, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee established in 1996, is the entity responsible for administering the .uk ccTLD and the second-level domains (SLDs) within the .uk TLD, except as provided below.

The SLDs administered by Nominet UK are the following:

  1. co.uk (intended for commercial entities and purposes);

  2. .uk (a shorter domain also intended for commercial entities and purposes);

  3. ltd.uk (intended for private limited companies);

  4. me.uk (intended for personal names);

  5. net.uk (intended for internet service providers’ infrastructure);

  6. org.uk (intended for not-for-profit entities); and

  7. plc.uk (intended for public limited companies).

Nominet also administers the following SLDs but for restricted use:

  1. nic.uk (intended for network use); and

  2. sch.uk (intended for schools only).

The following SLDs within the .uk TLD are not administered by Nominet UK but by third-party registrars as trustees:

  1. ac.uk (for higher and further education and research institutions);

  2. gov.uk (for national, regional and local government bodies and agencies);

  3. mod.uk and mil.uk (for military and related purposes);

  4. nhs.uk (for National Health Service organisations); and

  5. police.uk (for police forces).

Finally, Nominet is

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