New rules for '.se' domain space in force in April

Sweden

The Internet Infrastructure Foundation, the Swedish regulating body for the country-code top-level domain, has issued new registration rules for the '.se' domain space. The rules, which will be implemented next month, are more relaxed than the previous regime and will allow any natural or legal person to register almost any name.

The most important changes are the following:

  • All natural and legal persons, whether or not they are based in Sweden, will be able to register domain names ending with the suffix '.se'.

  • Registrations under '.se' will no longer need to be based on a Swedish registered company name or organization number.

  • The protection of geographic names in favour of municipalities will be abandoned.

  • It will be possible to register domain names with only two characters, provided that they do not represent generic or country-code, top-level domains.

  • Owners of Swedish, EU and international trademarks will benefit from a sunrise period to register their marks as domain names. The sunrise period will start on April 2 and will close on April 9. After the sunrise period, domain names will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • The registration of a new domain name must be carried out by an authorized representative.

  • A new dispute resolution procedure will be introduced to deal with bad-faith registration and use. The procedure will follow the same lines as the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

Jens Olsson, Strom & Gulliksson AB, Malmo


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