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  1. Whois-Search United Kingdom

    Whois-Search Well-Known Member

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    Just wondered if you had read this on http://www.dnjournal.com/cover/2007/march.htm

    See: http://www.internetcommerce.org/files/Domain Owners BOR Final Print Cut.doc

    Handed out on a scroll: http://www.dnjournal.com/images/trafficwest2007/benhandsout.jpg

    Maybe we need one of these for .uk?

    Another idea for: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/31/domain_name_associates/

    Tommy Butler would make a good Benjamin Franklin......
     
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    Unfair Competition

    Beasty, do you know of anyone who has complained about Nominet under that unfair competition act? ie. given they have a monopoly over co.uk and that all registrants are bound by their terms and not natural legal obligations imposed by the law?

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    erm, but other tlds are available.

    Microsoft have a monopoly over Windows XP?
    The BBC have a monopoly over BBC1?

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    Contract

    By not registering a domain name ending .co.uk you create an opportunity for unfair confusion to occur. It seems Nominet and the experts want it their way but not deal with the consequences:-

    On the one hand the experts and Nominet transfer co.uk domain names under the DRS because it creates unfair confusion when certain rights holder don't have a tld ending .co.uk

    then on the other hand Nominet say rights holder have a choice

    To protect your rights, because Nominet do not take measurable steps to ensure they do not sell other peoples rights, you have to register all extensions...this in my mind is a monopoly

    Lee
     
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    I don't know any other uk tlds.

    .org.uk is for organisations, .me.uk is for people, .ltd.uk is for limited companies only, .plc.uk for plcs only. Nothing for llp's or second or third companies with the same name or same trademark.

    I don't remember the monopolies act being about global monopolies, it is the UK we're talking about.

    And only one organisation running it - cackhandedly.

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    Last time I checked, there was nothing to say you couldn't register a .com if you are in the UK? ;)
     
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    you can watch aljazeera too but I don't think that's the issue here.

    The .uk namespace has many things particular to it including UK TM laws influencing it, UK DRS, UK passing off, UK payments, ecommerce and non-payment issues, local search engine targeting like yahoo.co.uk and google.co.uk, as well as user expectation of UKness including English language when they type it in.

    These issues are strong enough to mean that the .uk domain is the only tld suited to the uk, more than anything else out there.

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    I agree that there are strong aruments why .co.uk is the best choice for many. When I have clients asking me should they go for a .co.uk or a .com for their new site, I say 'Both'!

    It's just that it is NOT a monopoly whilst there are other choices. The other choices may not be as attractive, but they are still options.
     
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    Contract

    Literally speaking you are correct but in reality Nominet are still subject to Competition but due to the power of the .co.uk over .uk.com etc... they do indeed have an unfair advantage that needs to be dealt for the following reason:-

    The Contract includes the DRS and the DRS allows an expert to transfer the domain name to another for any reason. The Registrant has no option to 'opt out of the DRS'. I am of the opinion that judges need to settle a few more cases before the DRS becomes workable.

    Lee
     
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    I think .uk is a pure monopoly - if you want a domain indicating a UK presence there is only one place to go.

    However, even if you accept for the sake of argument that .com, .net and .eu provide competition (other country suffixes can not by any stretch come into the picture) then .uk remains the dominant domain extension of choice for UK residents. That is enough for the Competition Act

    In truth, the others are not competitors. As you say Fred, people ask for/are told to register both .uk and .com if they are available - they are not seriously choosing between the two. More likely only one or other will be free! :p

    In my view, the question is not whether or not they are a monopoly - but whether they are abusing their dominant market position.
     
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