Domain Name Registration Law

INTRODUCTION

The University of Cyprus (UCY), as the official registrar for the .cy top level domain, handles such domain name applications. This top level domain comprises secondary level domain names (SLDs), such as: “.com.cy”; “.org.cy”; “.biz.cy”; “.ltd.cy”; “.pro.cy”; “.net.cy”; “.name.cy”; “.tm.cy”; “.ac.cy”; “.ekloges.cy”; “.press.cy”; and “.parliament.cy”.

For the purposes of harmonisation, as of 5 September 2005, legislation in relation to the registration of domain names with the .cy top level domain registry came into force in accordance with the European Directive 2002/21/EC, international treaties and the ICANN Dispute Policy. Regulations that relate to the filing of national applications may be found in Regulations P.I. no. 380/2005.

DOMAIN NAME APPLICATION - REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

Both natural and legal persons may file an application for the registration of a domain name in Cyprus.

The required domain name must, however, first be approved by the UCY and, for this purpose, an application for the domain name availability must be filed.

Once approved, the application form for the registration of a domain name must be filed with the University, upon the payment of the required fee, along with the relevant supporting documentation with regard to the applicant.

The following information must be provided on the application form:

  • Information in relation to the applicant (i.e.: name, surname, identity card number, telephone and facsimile number, email address; or, if the applicant is a legal person: the company’s registered name, its active name, its registration number, a brief description of the institution, its address, telephone and facsimile number, email address, and the contact name of the chief executive officer).
  • Details of the administration contact of the domain name.
  • Details of the technical contact for the domain name.
  • Name server information (primary name server IP address, primary name server fully qualified domain name, 1st and 2nd secondary name server IP address, 1st and 2nd secondary name server fully qualified domain name, 3rd third name server IP address (if any) and 3rd rhird name server fully qualified domain name.

DURATION OF VALIDITY

Registered domain names in Cyprus are renewed annually.

The ownership of and/or ownership rights in the domain name do not belong to the applicant of the domain name but, in accordance with the law, to the Commissioner of Electronic Communications and Postal Regulation. The latter is appointed in accordance with the provisions of The Regulation of Electronic Communications and Postal Services Law of 2004, Law 112(I)/2004. It should be noted that the applicant/licensee has only been granted a licence to use the domain name for the licence period paid for.

Note: the use of the word “Cyprus” refers to the Republic of Cyprus.

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