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How to understand the .uk release process

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  1. Edwin

    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    The .uk release process is quite complex. I've tried to simplify it by breaking it logically into two (this division is conceptual and just to help "understand" it)

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    Who gets the rights to register example.uk on Launch Day?

    To understand who gets the rights to register example.uk on Launch Day, it's easiest to break the process into "preliminary right" and "final right". The preliminary right is the right that was determined based on domain registrations that existed as of 23:59:59 on 28 October 2013. The final right represents the actual right to register the .uk domain, and is derived from the preliminary right, plus any changes to that right between 28 October 2013 and launch day.

    PRELIMINARY RIGHT (28 OCTOBER 2013)
    The process to assign this preliminary right was as follows:
    A) Was example.co.uk registered as of 23:59:59 on October 28, 2013? If yes, then example.co.uk has preliminary right to .uk. If not, then see B)
    B) Was example.org.uk registered as of 23:59:59 on October 28, 2013? If yes, then example.org.uk has preliminary right to .uk. If not, then see C)
    C) Did "example" exist in any other domain extension managed by Nominet? If yes, then that domain has preliminary right to .uk. If not, then see D)
    D) No domain name has the preliminary right to register example.uk because "example" wasn't registered in any Nominet-managed extension on 28 October 2013

    FINAL RIGHT (Launch Day: Summer 2014)
    To determine which domain name has the final right to register the equivalent .uk domain, use the output from the preliminary right test above and pick ONE of the scenarios below.

    Scenario 1: preliminary right given to .co.uk domain
    A) The .co.uk must be registered on Launch Day. It can be continuously registered, or drop and be re-registered. Either way, the .co.uk will get the right to the .uk.
    B) If the .co.uk is not registered on Launch Day, then domain name will go to general availability

    Scenario 2: preliminary right given to .org.uk domain
    A) The .org.uk must be registered continuously through to Launch Day to keep right to .uk.
    B) If .org.uk drops and gets deleted between 28 October 2013 and Launch Day, preliminary right is permanently lost
    C) If .org.uk loses preliminary right due to B), then right will pass to .co.uk domain if it is registered by Launch Day, or domain name will go to general availability if no .co.uk is registered

    Scenario 3: preliminary right given to another domain extension managed by Nominet
    A) The domain name with preliminary right to .uk must be registered continuously through to Launch Day to keep right to .uk.
    B) If the domain name with preliminary right to .uk drops and gets deleted between 28 October 2013 and Launch Day, preliminary right is permanently lost
    C) If the domain name with preliminary right to .uk loses preliminary right due to B), then right will pass to .co.uk domain if it is registered by Launch Day, or domain name will go to general availability if no .co.uk is registered

    Scenario 4: no domain name had preliminary right
    A) Final right will be granted to .co.uk holder if it is registered by Launch Day
    B) If no .co.uk domain is registered on Launch Day, domain will go to general availability (anyone can register it, first come first served)

    Hope this helps! Comments and corrections welcome.
     
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    Very helpful post as usual, Edwin, but what if..., nah, only joking :lol:
     
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    Excellent - thanks Edwin.
     
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    Thank you as always.

    Suggest also post on Nominet forum and request Nominet to give it the once over!
     
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    Edwin Well-Known Member Exclusive Member

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    Good idea, I'll do that now.
     
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