Nominet, the organisation responsible for the management of .uk domain names has launched a review on current domain registration restrictions. The review looks likely to focus on the decision as to wether they should place restrictions on certain words and expressions deemed to be ‘naughty’.
The review is to be held independently and chaired by former Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald QC. Working alongside Nominet teams the review will be undertaken with recommendations received by 4th November.
Currently the only restrictions imposed on domain registrations by Nominet are;
- A domain name must consist only of the characters a-z, 0-9 and hyphens
- The first and last characters of a domain name must not be a hyphen
- Domain names must not start with “xn--“
- The total length of a domain name may not be more than 64 characters in total.
Since 1996, Nominet has been the main registry for .uk domain names. The non-profit organisation supplies those in the United Kingdom with ‘.co.uk’ domain names and ealier this year, launched plans to include a shortened British country code top level domain name (ccTLD) – simply ‘.uk’. Whilst this move has received mixed reactions, Nominet plans to push the shorter ‘.uk’ domain in the coming months. However, recent news has emerged that the domain name registration company has launched a comment forum regarding the issue of offensive words and domain names.
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