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22 January 2010

Losing party ordered to pay costs in domain name dispute

The Court of Appeal has confirmed that the losing party in a domain name dispute can be condemned to pay the costs, and that the term for executing the costs order is independent from the date of the principal judgment. Therefore, in the present case, the period for bringing the executory proceedings had not expired.

15 July 2009

Number of ‘.ar’ domain names limited to 200 per registrant

NIC Argentina, the registry responsible for the ‘.ar’ country-code top-level domain, has announced that it is limiting the number of domain names that any one entity can register to a maximum of 200. The registry hopes that this will put an end to the registration of ‘.ar’ domain names for speculative purposes.

08 May 2009

Variation of the UDRP adopted

NIC Bolivia, the registry responsible for Bolivia's country-code top-level domain, '.bo', has adopted a variation of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. The major difference between the UDRP and Bolivia's variation is that under the Bolivian procedure, either registration or use in bad faith must be established.

19 March 2009

Registration of domain names under '.mx' reopened

NIC Mexico, the registry responsible for the '.mx' country-code top-level domain, has reopened the registration of domain names directly under the '.mx' extension. The reopening will take place in three phases: the pre-registration period, the 'quiet' period and the initial registration period.

01 October 2008

IDNs now available for registration in ‘.ar’ domain extension

NIC Argentina, the registry responsible for the '.ar' country-code top-level domain, has launched the registration of internationalized domain names. The general registration period of '.ar' IDNs will be preceded by a sunrise period for domain name holders that registered their '.ar' domain name before July 31 2008.

31 July 2008

Argentina introduces '.tur.ar' sub-domain

NIC Argentina, the registry responsible for the regulation of the '.ar' country-code top-level domain, has announced the launch of the new sub-domain '.tur.ar'. The new extension will be aimed principally at travel agents, tour operators and other professional bodies involved in the tourism industry.

27 May 2008

IDNs to be available in '.ar' domain extension from August

NIC Argentina, the registry responsible for the regulation of the '.ar' country-code top-level domain, has announced the launch of internationalized domain names in August this year. Among other things, this measure aims to reinforce the use of the Spanish language.

07 April 2008

Variation of the UDRP to be adopted

NIC.PE, the registry responsible for the organization of the Peruvian country-code top-level domain, '.pe', has changed its domain name dispute resolution procedure from arbitration to a variation of the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. The new procedure will be administered by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre.

27 March 2008

Sunrise period for ‘.cr’ second-level domain names launched

NIC Costa Rica, the registry responsible for the regulation of the '.cr' country-code top-level domain, has announced that it now allows the registration of second-level domain names. The registry has launched a 90-day sunrise period which is open only to the registrants of domain names in any of the existing extensions.

04 May 2007

Court cracks down on online infringement

In Castillo v Metal-Locking SAC, the Administrative Court has ordered Metal-Locking SAC to cease use of several related signs in, among other things, its domain names and email addresses. While noting that there are no specific legislative rules in Peru or the Andean Community as a whole dealing with alleged online infringement, the court held that the use of the signs in question was prohibited as it was likely to cause confusion.

23 February 2007

Domain names now under new management

Following the appointment of a chairman and deputy chairman, the Board of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission is now ready to take up the responsibility for the management of the British Virgin Islands country-code top-level domain '.vg'. It is hoped that the new board will be able to tackle some areas of the domain names management system which need serious attention.

13 May 2005

'.ar' domain name registrations must now be renewed

NIC Argentina, the registry for the '.ar' ccTLD, has announced that from June 1 2005 '.ar' domain name registrations will need to be renewed. The original registration rules provided for renewals but the procedures had been suspended as NIC Argentina did not have the infrastructure to handle them.

25 February 2004

Superintendence draws line between domain names and trademarks

The Superintendence of Industry and Commerce has issued an opinion that draws a clear distinction between trademarks and domain names. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of cybersquatting cases - the opinion appears to be an attempt to clarify the grounds on which such cases are decided.

25 November 2003

Colombia clarifies management of '.co' ccTLD

The Colombian government has issued Resolution 001455 on the administration of the '.co' ccTLD following a consultation with the Colombian internet community. The resolution, which covers issues left unaddressed by previous resolutions regulating the '.co' ccTLD, adopts the UDRP and confirms the Colombian government's control over the '.co' suffix.

03 November 2003

High moral damages awarded in typosquatting decisions

In the past few months, Brazilian civil courts have issued a number of decisions against serial typosquatters who had registered as domain names misspellings of well-known marks owned by various Brazilian financial institutions. The damages awards in the most recent cases have been relatively high and it is hoped that they will serve as important precedents for mark owners.