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.CO.NO initiative compliance confirmed by Norwegian Court

Amsterdam, July 3rd 2012 – The South-Trøndelag District Court in Trondheim ruled on June the 28th in the court case 11-156571TVI-STOR that the CO.NO Operator had filed against Norid, the Norwegian Registry. In this ruling the Court confirms that the CO.NO initiative, founded by Elineweb AS, its registrant, and CoDNS, its Operator, fully complies with the .NO registration Policy and that Norid may not revoke the CO.NO domain name.

 

 “We are glad that the Court recognizes that our business model is in line with the .NO registration Policy and thus, that our customers’ registrations are secured.” said Sander Scholten, CoDNS B.V., General Manager.

 

Furthermore, this decision also required Norid to refute the false information they published on the .CO.NO initiative and to inform the public and more specifically all .NO accredited registrars of the legality of the initiative.

 

“Only one business day has passed since Norid informed its accredited registrars of the Court decision and we have already received several inquiries regarding the .CO.NO Registrar accreditation process. We are confident that this ruling will reassure all interested parties that the .CO.NO initiative is sustainable.” added Scholten.

 

The Court however, did not invalidate Norid’s placement of the .CO.NO domain name on its so-called “reserved list for future category second-level domains” 8 years after its registration by Elineweb A.S.

 

The consequence of this decision is that the holder of the .CO.NO domain name is forbidden from transferring its ownership to any third party. “Our partnership with CoDNS B.V., being based on a long term relationship, this prohibition to transfer the domain co.no, has for sole consequence, if any, to publicly reinforce our partnership and commitment to the .CO.NO initiative.” commented Alexander Tvete, Elineweb A.S Managing Director.

 

 .CO.NO Go Live to be held on July 4th, 2012

 

 Now armed with this decision, the .CO.NO Operator is not willing to make .CO.NO prospective registrants and registrars wait any longer. The Operator is therefore currently reaching out to its network of more than 70 Registrars located all around the world to prepare for the general opening.

 

The Sunrise period for trademark holders, was successfully operated by Deloitte Belgium using the ClearingHouse for Intellectual Property, more than a year ago. All IP rights holders already hold the .CO.NO domain names which they are entitled to.

 

With the opening of .CO.NO registrations to the general public on a first come, first served basis, everyone will be entitled to secure their .CO.NO domain names without any requirement.

 

Additionally, all Landrush applications which were pending will now be activated and their holders will be able to benefit from their registrations as of today.

 

The Go Live will be held on July 4th ,2012 at 10:00 am CET and any interested party will be able to apply for the registration of .CO.NO domain names via their favourite registrars such as EuroDNS, IP Mirror, CSC Corp. Domains, Key-Systems… (the full list of accredited registrars is available at http://domain.co.no/gb/accredited-registrars.html)

 

For more information on .CO.NO and a copy of the Court decision , visit the official website: http://www.domain.co.no.

 

Contact:

Sander Scholten

CoDNS B.V.

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 808 0081

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About the .CO.NO Operator

The .CO.NO Operator is a partnership between:

Elineweb A.S, the registrant of the .CO.NO domain name since 2001, and the founder of the .CO.NO initiative.

 

CoDNS B.V. established in 2007 by EuroDNS S.A. to act as operator for subdomains such as .co.nl and .co.no.

 

About .CO.NO

.CO.NO should not be confused with .NO Domain names as registered by Norid, the Registry of the .NO extension. Norid is not involved in any way with the registration or servicing of .CO.NO subdomains. See www.domain.co.no for details.

 
Norwegian Court to rule on .CO.NO compliance with Norid Policy

Amsterdam, June 8th 2012 – The Court case filed by the .CO.NO Operator against Uninett Norid A.S. to obtain a ruling that will secure the .CO.NO initiative, was held on May 24th and 25th, 2012, before the South-Trøndelag District Court in Trondheim.

This lawsuit is the unfortunate and direct result of a 15 month process during which the .CO.NO Operator attempted to appease Norid’s concerns while preserving its rights to free enterprise, to no avail.


Background
On February 18th 2011, after the .CO.NO Operator held a successful Sunrise registration period, allowing numerous Trademark holders to protect their rights under .CO.NO, and only 2 days prior to the scheduled opening of .CO.NO domain names registration to the general public, Norid sent the .CO.NO Operator a written request to postpone the general opening  to an unknown date, allegedly to allow the Norwegian Registry to review the terms under which .CO.NO registrations were offered to the public.


Despite the tardiness of this request  - and the questionable legitimacy of it, the .CO.NO Operator elected to comply with it and to postpone the General Opening leaving the public waiting.

 

Furthermore, and with the sole intention of securing the .CO.NO initiative and its customers’ registrations, the .CO.NO Operator provided Norid with all relevant material requested. In addition, the .CO.NO Operator attended a meeting at Norid’s headquarters to ensure that there were no misunderstandings from Norid about the .CO.NO initiative.

 

However, Norid went on and requested further documentation, including amongst other things, the provision of the .CO.NO Operator business plan, along with other confidential and sensitive information.

 

In the meantime Norid, liberated its Policy and launched its own subdomain service .PRIV.NO.

 

In September 2011, after 8 months of unproductive negotiation and faced with more and more invasive lists of demands from Norid, the .CO.NO Operator had regrettably no other choice than to seek a Court ruling validating its customers’ rights on their .CO.NO registrations. 

 

Lawsuit purpose

The Court has been asked to:

- rule on the legality of Norid’s decision to place the .CO.NO domain name and its so-called “forbidden list” 8 years after its registration by Elineweb A.S.

- confirm that the partnership between ElineWeb A.S. and CoDNS B.V. for the .CO.NO initiative shall not be deemed as a transfer of the .CO.NO domain between the partners

-oblige Norid to refute the false information they have published on the .CO.NO initiative

 

As soon as the Court reaches its verdict, all actors involved in the .CO.NO initiative will be personally informed, and a further press release detailing the Court decision will be sent out.

 

In the meantime and as per usual, the .CO.NO Operator remains available to its registrars, partner and registrants to answer any inquiry they may have.

 

Both CoDNS B.V. and Elineweb AS are confident that the Court will make a favourable ruling that will secure .CO.NO registrants’ rights to their registration, and more importantly, the publics’ freedom of choice.

 

 

For more information on .CO.NO, visit the official website: http://www.domain.co.no.

 

Contact:

Sander Scholten

CoDNS B.V.

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 808 0081

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About the .CO.NO Operator

The .CO.NO Operator is a partnership between:

 

Elineweb A.S, the registrant of the .CO.NO domain name since 2001, and the founder of the .CO.NO initiative.

 

CoDNS B.V. established in 2007 by EuroDNS S.A. to act as operator for subdomains such as .co.nl and .co.no.

 

About .CO.NO

.CO.NO should not be confused with .NO Domain names as registered by Norid, the Registry of the .NO extension. Norid is not involved in any way with the registration or servicing of .CO.NO subdomains. See www.domain.co.no for details.

 
The CO.NO Operator seeks Norwegian court ruling to protect its customers


Fredrikstad/Amsterdam, October 25th 2011 –  Almost one year ago, the Sunrise period for CO.NO domain name reserved to IP rights holders opened. Three months later, January 31st 2011, this opening phase was successfully completed and every approved application was activated. However, contrary to the announced schedule, the Go Live period for .CO.NO registration had to be postponed.

As mentioned in a previous press release, the .CO.NO Operator took this difficult decision to ensure that everything was clarified with the .NO Registry and to offer its customers and registrars partners the best and most stable service.
 

“Because we strongly believe that our customers and partners deserve nothing less than total transparency, we have decided to disclose the reasons behind this delay” said Sander Scholten, the CO.NO Operator’s Manager.

As unambiguously mentioned on the .CO.NO Operator website (http://domain.co.no/gb/about.html), .CO.NO is a common initiative between Elineweb AS the registrant of the domain name and CoDNS BV, the technical backend provider. To maximize the chance of success of this initiative, Elineweb elected to benefit from CoDNS good reputation in the domain name industry and decided to promote this initiative under the business name .CO.NO Operator. 

“We never tried to hide the fact that Elineweb is the registrant of the domain name, which is, besides a public information displayed in NORID whois database” commented Scholten.

Although NORID was informed of the intended use of the .CO.NO domain name, NORID elected to send a list of inquiries to the .CO.NO Operator several months after the beginning of the Sunrise period and just a few days before the opening of .CO.NO to the general public. 

With a view to seek a sound understanding with NORID, the .CO.NO Operator decided to postpone the general opening of .CO.NO registrations.

Howbeit, It regrettably appeared that despite the thorough replies provided by the .CO.NO Operator, NORID sent a new series of inquiries, including amongst others, the disclosure of confidential information such as the .CO.NO initiative business plan. 

It would later be very clear that NORID was trying to establish that the .CO.NO domain name had been somehow transferred from Elineweb to another entity, which would have given NORID grounds to invoke a breach of its own Domain name policy.

Nonetheless, resolved to find an amicable agreement with NORID, the .CO.NO Operator did everything they could to content NORID representatives by diligently replying to all of their questions, attending to phone conference and even meeting with NORID’s representatives in Oslo. 

“We regret having to bring this matter to Court and would really have preferred that our efforts led to an amicable understanding, but NORID left us no other choice.” Scholten went on.

On the 26th of September 2011, Elineweb legal counsel Ræder DA started an action against NORID to seek a ruling from the Norwegian Court that will confirm their position and ensure the durability of the .CO.NO initiative. 

“In the meanwhile we remain committed to offer a better choice to our Norwegian and International customers and the anticipation so far clearly shows we are on the right track. We would like to see NORID as a partner but we will not allow the public freedom of choice to be confiscated.”

For more information on CO.NO, visit the official website: http://www.domain.co.no.

Contact:

Sander Scholten
Elineweb AS/CoDNS B.V.

Telephone: +31 (0) 20 808 0081
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About the operator
Elineweb AS is a Norwegian limited company established in May 2000. Among other things its business includes web services such as domain registration.  Elineweb AS has entered into a business agreement with CoDNS B.V. for the development of the domain co.no. CoDNS B.V. was established in 2007 by EuroDNS S.A. to manage the registration of domains with the .co.nl extension. As part of EuroDNS family, CoDNS is responsible for EuroDNS’ sub domain registries.

About CO.NO
CO.NO should not be confused with .NO Domain names as registered by Norid, the Registry of the .NO extension. Norid is not involved in any way with the registration or servicing of co.no subdomains. See www.domain.co.no for details.

 

 
Important news about the Go Live
Tomorrow February 22nd was meant to be the launch date of our General Availability period for domain names ending in .Co.No after an extremely successful Sunrise dedicated to Trademarks.

Unfortunately and although we had taken every step to liaise with NORID for more than a year and worked hard to make sure .Co.No domains were managed according to the highest standards of quality and Internet stability, it does appear that the .No Registry has chosen the very eve of our launch to ask several more questions to us.

Since we want to offer our loyal customers and registrar partners the best and most stable service, we therefore had to take the difficult decision to postpone the launch for at least a month to ensure everything is clarified with Norid. We remain committed to offer a better choice to our Norwegian customers and the anticipation of our GA period clearly shows we are on the right track. We see Norid as partner but will not allow your freedom of choice to be confiscated.

See you in the 2nd quarter of 2011, we will keep you informed in the meantime and post the new dates as soon as possible.
 
CO.NO goes Live in One Week!

Amsterdam, February 15th, 2011 – Following a successful Sunrise period, CoDNS is glad to announce the opening of the Go Live period, starting in 7 days, February the 22nd at exactly 2:00 pm GMT. Application requests can be made by the general public without any restriction or priority rights, and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. As usual with .CO.NO extensions, a local presence in Norway is not required.

CoDNS has engendered great interest from brand owners, companies and individuals. Sander Scholten, Manager of CoDNS, comments, “We are delighted by the results we have achieved and people’s engaged response towards this new international extension. The .CO.NO is already seen as a successful alternative way to enter the Norwegian market and position a brand or a company as part of the international community. The Go Live period is an opportunity for anyone to do exactly that”.

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