Order overhauls domain name registration

Spain

A recently issued government order makes a number of changes to the system of assigning Spanish domain names.

The order gives Red.es, the official national body that assigns country-code top-level domain names, permission to assign special domain names, including generic names and place names, according to the rules governing the assignment of normal domain names.

The new regulations also provide that domain names should use the Spanish alphabet, rather than the English alphabet. However, the mechanism for recognizing Spanish characters, such as the letter 'ñ', is still being developed.

Finally, foreign companies with no legal residence in Spain may now register for domain names in Spain, provided that they have a subsidiary in Spain that can submit the applications on their behalf.

Jose Carlos Erdozain, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, Madrid

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