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Terms and Conditions of the NOMINET UK Registry


WARNING: by registering a domain name within the .uk Top Level Domain (a "Domain
Name"), you enter into a contract of registration with Nominet UK ("We", "Our" or
"Us") on the following terms and conditions. This is a separate contract to any
arrangement you may have with any third party for the provision of Internet services.

Nominet is the Registry for all Internet Domain Names ending in .uk and provides a public
service for the .uk namespace on behalf of the Internet community. ou can find out more
information about Nominet from our web site at http://www.nominet.org.uk. Nominet is a notfor-
profit company limited by guarantee which is performing services on a cost recovery basis.
This is why we consider it reasonable to limit our liability in certain respects so that we may
continue to offer our services in the interests of the whole Internet community.

This Contract includes our current Rules For The .uk Domain And Sub-Domains ("Rules") and
the Policy and Procedure for our Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service ("Policy" and
"Procedure" as appropriate). Copies of the Policy, Procedure and Rules are at
http://www.nominet.org.uk/drs.html or can be obtained from us.

You may have registered a Domain Name through a third party (usually, but not always, your
internet service provider). In these terms and conditions, the term "Agent" means such a third
party.

1. What we will do

1.1. We will process your application to register a Domain Name and consider whether
or not to accept it in accordance with the criteria laid down in the Rules;

1.2. If your application is accepted, we will inform you or your Agent. If your
application is rejected, we will inform you or your Agent as soon as reasonably
practicable and return to you or your Agent (as appropriate) any payments received;

1.3. Unless the current Rules of the relevant sub-domain state to the contrary, we will
register Domain Names on a first come, first served basis. Until we accept your
application, there is no guarantee that the Domain Name you applied for will be
entered in the Register as such. We therefore recommend that you do not take any
action in respect of a Domain Name until you have received confirmation from us
that your application has been accepted.

1.4. After your application has been accepted, we will enter the Domain Name and
other relevant details (namely the data described in clause 6 below, together with
details of your Agent, if any) in the Domain Name register database for the
requested second level of the .uk top level domain (the "Register").

1.5. We will use the information in the Register entry for the Domain Name to enable
the resolution of requests for the Domain Name, by pointing to the authoritative
name servers listed in the Register Entry for the Domain Name. For further
information about the technical requirements for registering a Domain Name,
please contact your Agent.

1.6. After your application has been accepted and we have received your registration
fee, we will issue you with a registration certificate and a reply form.

1.7. Subject to clause 8 below, we will transfer your Domain Name and update the
Register accordingly on receipt of correctly completed transfer documentation from
you and any relevant transfer fee applicable at the time of transfer. We will not
transfer a Domain Name whilst it is the subject of legal proceedings or proceedings
under our Dispute Resolution Service.

1.8. Please note that subject to clauses 8.5 and 8.6 we will not refund any fees after your
Domain Name and details have been entered in the Register.

1.9. Subject to clauses 8.7 and 8.8 below, we will only make changes to the details
contained on the Register (other than the registrant field), if we receive instructions
and approval from you or your Agent.

1.10. Subject to clauses 8.7 and 8.8, we shall only alter the details contained in the
"registrant" field of the Register if we receive authorization directly from you.

2. What you must do

2.1. You must ensure that we receive the registration or renewal fee within one month
after the issue of our invoice. For the avoidance of doubt, if you use an Agent it will
be your responsibility to ensure that the Agent has paid the registration or renewal
fee to us within one month of the issue of our invoice.

2.2. You must sign and return to us the reply form which we will send to you after
registration or renewal as appropriate.

2.3. You must inform us promptly of any change in your registered details, and those of
your Agent if applicable. It will be your responsibility to maintain and update any
details you submit to us and to ensure that your details are up to date, and accurate.
In particular, it is your responsibility directly or by your Agent to ensure that we
have your full and correct postal address.

2.4. You must promptly inform us of any court proceedings brought in respect of the
Domain Name.

2.5. Any name server listed in the Register entry for the Domain Name must respond
authoritatively to requests for the Domain Name at all reasonable times.

3. Renewal of your Domain Name Registration

3.1. The registration period is two years from the date of entry into the Register of your
Domain Name registration. Provided you pay us your renewal fee and subject to
clause 8 below, you will have the right to renew the Domain Name registration by
entering into a new Contract with us for further periods of two years.

3.2. Subject to clause 3.3 below, when the Domain Name registration falls due for
renewal, we will contact your Agent (at the Agent's address appearing in the
Register) to request payment of the relevant renewal fee.

3.3. If no Agent is listed on the Register entry for the Domain Name, or if the Register
entry for the Domain Name indicates that you wish to be invoiced direct, we will
request payment of the relevant renewal fee direct from you at the registrant address
appearing in the Register.

3.4. If we fail to receive the renewal fee within thirty (30) days of our making a request
for the renewal fee, we will suspend your registration for at least 6 weeks and if we
do not receive payment within the suspension period we will cancel your registration
without further notice to you. During any period of suspension, we will not point to
any name servers listed in the Register entry for the Domain Name, and you will be
unable to use or transfer the Domain Name.

4. Exclusions and Limitations of Liability

4.1. Nominet does not carry out any investigation as to whether you are entitled to
register or have any rights in the Domain Name. By registering the Domain Name
we are not acknowledging that you have any rights in the name comprised in the
Domain Name, and we are not authorizing you to use the Domain Name in the
course of trade.

4.2. Nothing in these terms and conditions limits or excludes our liability for death or
personal injury caused by our negligence or for fraudulent misrepresentation.

4.3. We shall not be liable to you whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or
otherwise for:

4.3.1. any loss of profit, revenue or other type of economic loss (whether direct or
indirect);
4.3.2. loss of business or contracts;
4.3.3. loss of anticipated savings or goodwill; or
4.3.4. any losses which a court holds to be consequential, or indirect losses; arising
out of or in connection with the Contract, including but not limited to:
4.3.5. any error or omission in entries to the Register; and
4.3.6. loss of registration and/or use (for whatever reason and whether temporary
or otherwise) of the Domain Name.

4.4. All conditions and warranties which may be implied by law into any Contract with
you are excluded to the fullest extent permissible by law.

4.5. Our aggregate liability to you whether under these terms and conditions or otherwise
(including liability for negligence) shall not exceed £5,000.

4.6. If you are a consumer (ie you are not registering or intending to use the Domain
Name in the course of a business, trade or profession) (a "Consumer"), the
provisions of clauses 4.3 4.4 and 4.5 above will not apply to you.

4.7. Nothing in these terms and conditions will reduce your statutory rights relating to
faulty or misdescribed goods. For further information about your statutory rights
contact your local authority Trading Standards Department or Citizens Advice
Bureau.


5. Warranties
By entering into this agreement you consent to and warrant the following:

5.1 That you (or your Agent) have obtained the consent of any individual whose personal
data is to be held on the Register in accordance with clause 6;

5.2 That the details and information submitted by you to us are true and correct, and that
any future additions or alterations to your details and information will be true and
correct, and that you will submit them in a timely manner. Unless you are a
Consumer, you shall pay us (including the current or past members of Nominet UK's
Council of Management) any and all reasonable costs, claims and expenses (whether
direct or indirect) arising out of any claim resulting from your breach of this
warranty; and

5.3 That by registering or using the Domain Name (in whatever manner) you will not
knowingly infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party, that you are
entitled to register the Domain Name, and that you have not registered the Domain
Name in breach of trust. Our right to rely upon this warranty will continue to be
available after completion of the registration process and will not be affected by any
surrender, cancellation or transfer of the Domain Name. Unless you are a Consumer,
you shall pay us (including the current or past members of Nominet UK's Council of
Management) any and all reasonable costs, claims and expenses (whether direct or
indirect) arising out of any claim that your registration or use of the Domain Name
directly or indirectly infringes the intellectual property rights of a third party.

6. Personal Data

6.1 The Register is a public register for the purposes of data protection legislation. The
Register will include your name and postal address, telephone and fax number and
email address together with any other relevant details. This information (if it refers to
individuals) is 'personal data' for the purposes of data protection legislation.

Personal data submitted by you will be:
a. Posted onto the Register;
b. Posted onto the WHOIS database by us. The WHOIS database is
provided on our web site at http://www.nominet.org.uk. Other Agents which
provide an online Domain Name registration service may point to our
WHOIS database. We will publish your name and address but will not publish
your telephone or fax number or email address as part of the WHOIS
database; and
c. Used as part of the Public Register Subscription Service ("PRSS"),
under which we provide a compressed form of the Register to subscribers. We
provide the PRSS only to trusted third parties, based within the European
Economic Area, under strict contractual terms which prohibit the use of PRSS
data for the purposes of direct marketing. The PRSS enables subscribers to
perform WHOIS queries and reverse look-ups. We will publish your name
and address but not your telephone or fax number or email address as part of
the PRSS;
d. We may provide your personal data to governmental or law
enforcement agencies at their written request in connection with the
conducting of any investigation of criminal activities; and
e. We will provide your personal data to third parties only if required to
do so by a court order.

You may write to us to request a copy of the personal data held by us about you. We
may charge a reasonable fee for the provision of such data. As required by the Data
Protection Act 1998, we will adopt appropriate security procedures in relation to the
storage and disclosure of information provided by you in order to prevent
unauthorised access. Our security procedures mean that we may occasionally request
proof of your identity before we are able to disclose personal information to you.
Other than the uses identified above, we will not disclose your personal information
to others.

You should be aware that personal data posted on the WHOIS database may be
accessible to countries outside the European Economic Area. By registering a
Domain Name you consent to your personal data being transferred out of the
European Economic Area and to our use of your personal data for the purposes
specified above.

7. Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service

7.1. You will be bound by the Policy and Procedure of our Dispute Resolution Service
which are incorporated into these terms and conditions and made a part of the
Contract by reference. The current version of the Policy and Procedure can be found
at our web site: http://www.nominet.org.uk/drs.html

7.2. If a dispute arises, you agree to be bound by the Policy and Procedure which are
current at the time that proceedings under the Dispute Resolution Service are
commenced until the dispute is over.

7.3. Neither we nor our directors, officers, employees or servants nor any expert shall be
liable to a party for anything done or omitted in connection with any proceedings
under the Dispute Resolution Service unless the act or omission is shown to have
been in bad faith.

8. Termination/Cancellation, Suspension and Amendment of the Register

8.1. You or your Agent may surrender registration of the Domain Name by notice in
writing to us at any time prior to our receiving payment.

8.2. After we have received payment for a Domain Name, only you (and not your Agent)
may surrender the Domain Name.

8.3. After payment has been received but prior to the issue of a registration certificate
you may surrender the registration by writing to us on headed notepaper which
corresponds to the registrant address field of the Register entry for the Domain
Name.

8.4. If a registration certificate has been issued, you may surrender the Domain Name by
correctly completing the surrender of registration form (on the reverse of the
registration certificate).

8.5. If you are a Consumer, then you may cancel the Contract by giving notice to us by
any of the means set out in clause 10.4 below at any time up to and including 7
working days following the day on which the Contract is concluded, i.e. the date on
which we give notice to you or your Agent that we have accepted your application to
register a Domain Name. If you register or use the Domain Name in the course of a
business, trade or profession, you will not have this right to cancel the Contract.

8.6. If you cancel the Contract in accordance with clause 8.5 then we will provide you or
your Agent (as appropriate) with a full refund of our registration fee within 30 days
from the day on which we receive notice of your cancellation. If we refund your
Agent, you may have to seek direct from your Agent any further component of the
fees which you have paid.

8.7. We may cancel or suspend the registration of a Domain Name by providing you with
notice in writing in the event of the following:
8.7.1. if we do not receive your registration or renewal fees in accordance with
clause 2.1 above;
8.7.2. if you are in breach of the terms of this Contract (including the Rules) and in
the case of a breach which is capable of remedy you fail to remedy this
within 30 days of receiving written notice from us to do so;
8.7.3. if we receive independent verification that you have provided grossly
inaccurate, unreliable or false registrant contact details, or failed to keep
such contact details up to date;
8.7.4. if you are in breach of the warranties contained in clauses 5.1 and 5.3 of the
Contract; or
8.7.5. if the Domain Name is being administered in a way likely to endanger the
operation of the Domain Name System.

8.8. We may transfer, suspend, cancel or amend the Domain Name registration in the
following circumstances:
8.8.1. upon receiving written instructions from you to take such action together
with any relevant fee;
8.8.2. upon receiving a copy of a perfected order of a court of competent
jurisdiction requiring such action, or where the retention of a Domain Name
by you would be inconsistent with the terms of a perfected court order
received by us or any other legal requirements;
8.8.3. if such changes are necessary in order to correct an error relating to the
Domain Name registration; or
8.8.4. following a Decision requiring such action or an agreement reached between
the parties and approved by us relating to proceedings under the Dispute
Resolution Service.

8.9. If a name server listed for the Domain Name registration does not respond
authoritatively to requests for the Domain Name, we may remove the name server
from the Register entry for the Domain Name.

9. Change of Agent

9.1. If you wish to change your Agent, you should first approach your current Agent to
arrange this. If your approach is unsuccessful, we may at your request record a
change of Agent directly onto the Register entry for your Domain Name registration.
On receipt of your request, we will approach your Agent (unless exceptional
circumstances apply). We will only comply with your request if:

9.2. we are satisfied that you have first approached your Agent, and that the approach has
been unsuccessful; and

9.3. we are not informed by your Agent that there is an express term in your contract
with your Agent which can prevent us from recording such a change.

10. General

10.1. If any clause of these terms and conditions is held to be unenforceable in whole or
in part the other terms and the rest of the provisions shall continue to be valid and
enforceable.

10.2. We may transfer our rights and obligations under the Contract to any third party.
You may transfer the Contract, only on the transfer of the Domain Name, in
accordance with clauses 1.7 and subject to clause 8 above.

10.3. The internet is an emerging and evolving medium and the regulatory and
administrative framework under which we operate is constantly developing. For
these reasons we reserve the right to make reasonable modifications to the terms
and conditions of this Contract (including the Policy, Procedure and Rules) at any
time during the term. We will only do so when we have good reason. No change
will have the effect of requiring an increase in fees from you in advance of the next
renewal of the Domain Name. Except where we are acting in pursuance of a
statutory requirement or a court order, changes will be implemented across the
board in all of our Domain Name contracts following a process of open public
consultation. Each such change will be published in advance (where practicable, 30
days in advance) on our web site: http://www.nominet.org.uk/ and will become
binding and effective upon the date specified therein. You should review our web
site regularly in order to be aware of all such changes. If you do not agree with any
change or proposed change to these terms and conditions you are entitled to
terminate the Contract by providing us with thirty (30) days notice in writing, in
which case you will receive a pro-rata refund of your registration fee in respect of
any unexpired portion of the term.

10.4. If you wish to contact us our postal address is Nominet UK, Sandford Gate, Sandy
Lane West, Oxford, OX4 6LB, England and our telephone number is +44(0) 1865
332211. Our offices are open from 9.00a.m. to 5.30pm (UK local time) Monday to
Friday, except for public holidays. Except as set out in the Policy and Procedure
any notice to be given under the Contract shall only be deemed to be served if
delivered by hand or sent by pre-paid post, by fax or e-mail, to the party to whom it
is given at its last known postal or e-mail address or fax number. Except as
otherwise set out in the Policy and Procedure the notice will be effective: if
delivered, on delivery; if sent by fax or email, on the date of sending; and if by
post, on the date of posting. For the avoidance of doubt, any notice sent to you will
be deemed served if sent to the address appearing in your Registrant's address field.

10.5. This contract is a binding document. Consumers should read it carefully and ensure
that it contains everything you want and nothing you are not prepared to agree to.
These terms and conditions, together with the Rules Policy and Procedure,
constitute the entire agreement between you and us for the registration of the
Domain Name, and supersedes all prior agreements, understandings and
representations whether oral or written.

10.6. These terms and conditions shall be governed by the relevant United Kingdom law,
and by agreeing to be bound by them you agree to submit to the exclusive
jurisdiction of the relevant courts of the United Kingdom.

Other Agreements:

Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution
Policy

gTLD Registration Agreement

.info Registration Agreement

.biz Registration Agreement

Terms and Conditions of the Nominet Registry (.uk)

UK Registration Agreement

.tv Registration Agreement

Domainz Terms of Service

RegisterDIRECT Privacy Policy

RegisterDIRECT Domain Service Agreement