Domains and domain names—USA—Q&A guide
Domains and domain names—USA—Q&A guide

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

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

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

Authors: Downing IP Law—Dickerson M Downing

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

Neustar, Inc manages the .us domain registry on behalf of the United States Department of Commerce. The website operated by Neustar for the .us domain is located at www.about.us/.

2. How are domain names registered?

.us domain name registrations can be purchased directly from any of a large number of .us-accredited domain name registrars. These include many of the largest and most popular registrars.

3. For how long is registration effective?

The duration of a .us domain registration can vary from one year to multiple years and may be renewed indefinitely. Qualified governmental agencies may obtain lifetime registrations.

4. What is the cost of registration?

Each individual registrar and its resale channel partners set the retail cost to the consumer. Annual and multi-year registrations are available. Prices vary depending on the registrar, the number of domains purchased, the number of years for which the domain is purchased, the additional services provided and, in some cases, the domain name at issue. Typically, a .us domain name can be purchased for one year for USD

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