Domain names can be defined in many different ways, but they basically represent identification strings described and regulated by the Domain Name System or DNS. You should know that domain names can be used by one individual or organization at a time. To put it in simple words, domain names are representing Internet Protocol resources like websites. When it comes to business, domain names usually represent brand names and the services and products found in a company’s offer. So, domain names have to be unique and original. It’s unlawful to try to imitate a certain business.
ICANN or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers represents an international decentralized organization that monitors the assignment of domain names as well as IP addresses. One of the main services of ICANN is to help the process of domain name registration. They are also here to create and execute a plan for the popularization and globalization of DNS and resolve any disputes related to domain names. They have a special body that can resolve such disputes.
If you want to register a domain name, you should first check the availability of the domain name you have in mind. After that, you should choose a registrar authorized by ICANN. During this process, you will have to leave your basic details to the WHOIS record. In case you didn’t know, WHOIS represents a database where you can find basic information about domain name owners. However, if you want to hide this information (address, telephone number etc.) you can pay an annual fee.
It’s good to know that registrars are profit-based organizations with an ICANN accreditation. Basically, they are here to sell domain names. Keep in mind that as a regular user, you can also select a re-seller and finish the domain name registration procedure with their help.
As previously mentioned, the ICANN has created a special body known as the UDRP which resolves disputes between domain name registrants and other potential registrants. The main objective of this body is to prevent frauds, scams, and conflicts of interests related to domain name registration. What you should remember is that you can’t register a similar or identical service mark or trademark. You should also not register domain names in bad faith. All these categories are evaluated by the UDRP.
Hopefully, this blog post will help you get a better picture of the domain registration process and the regulations associated with it.
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