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New Stricter Rules for Domain Name Registration in Denmark – Intellectual Property

Denmark: New, stricter rules for domain name registration in Denmark

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On September 6, 2021, Denmark introduced new, stricter rules for registrants of “.dk” domain names. If the domain name holders do not keep their contact details up to date,
all domain names of holders risk being suspended and deleted. Second, “registrar management” was introduced. A registrant can authorize a registrar to manage the administration of the domain name. Third, higher prices have been introduced.

Obligation to keep contact details up to date

The administrator of the ‘.dk’ registry (DK-Hostmaster) has the right to require documentation of the identity of a registrant. Such a request can be made at the request of DK-Hostmaster on its own initiative or on the basis of a request from a third party, for example a brand owner. Failure to comply within 25 days may result in
cancelation of the domain name and of all the domain names that a holder has the right to use on the basis of the contact information.

Suspension

DK-Hostmaster has the right to suspend a domain name used for illegal purposes such as name, logo or trademark infringement, taking advantage of the risk of confusion when entering URLs with minor spelling errors , phishing, crime and anything that threatens public safety. From now on, a 30-day suspension period will apply to all cases, regardless of the reason for the suspension. In practice, the suspension of a domain name means that the domain name is disconnected from the name server. Any websites or e-mail addresses connected to this domain name will no longer work afterwards. The domain name will be canceled, unless the domain name holder legalizes the use of the domain name within the 30-day period. After that, the domain name will be available for registration again, unless DK Hostmaster decides to block the domain name, in which case a new registration will not be possible.

New prices

From September 6, 2021, the annual cost of a Danish domain name registration will increase from 50 to 60 DKK. Advance payment up to 10 years will be possible.

Registrar management

Registrars are now allowed to manage all aspects of domain name registration on behalf of the registrant. It will always be possible for registrants to have direct contact with DK-Hostmaster.

Comment

It derives from the Danish law on domain names (LOV nr. 164 of 26/02 2014) and the general conditions of the right to use a dk domain name. version 11 (Vilkår for brugsret til and .dk-domænenavn version 11), that registrants must provide certain precise The data. Danish domain name registrations of non-compliant registrants – and not just those that could infringe a trademark – may risk being suspended and canceled. Denmark is continuing its strict past policy unlike the rest of the domain name industry where the rules are relaxed.

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