From January 2018, you won’t need to provide a claim to register your .ie domain name. This means that anybody with a connection to Ireland can register any dot ie domain name they want.
This is a big change to how dot ie registrations work. IEDR currently check every dot ie domain registration to ensure that the applicant has a valid claim to the domain name and a connection to the island of Ireland. With this policy change it effectively means that any dot ie domain name is available on a first come, first served basis, to anybody with a connection to the island of Ireland.
What’s not changing?
.ie domains will still be:
- Reserved only for people and businesses with a connection to Ireland
- As safe as ever
- Checked to verify that the people registering them are who they say they are
- Checked to ensure that the people registering them have a connection to Ireland
We'd like you to inform our customers, especially brand managers, IP experts and marketing personnel, about this change to give you a chance to register, and protect, any dot ie domains that you would not want to fall into a competitor’s hands. We are aware that some Irish businesses do not register the dot ie version of their business name, believing that the name cannot be registered by anyone else. This is an important message that you should be informed about to protect your IP, brand, trading names and online presence.
You can view a short informational flyer or participate in a public consultation on the proposed policy change is currently underway and will close on 30 September 2017. You can have your say at www.iedr.ie/public-consultation. An an FAQ is also available on the IEDR website.
We have prepared a short informational flyer that we would encourage you to share with your customers via all of your communication channels.
A public consultation on the proposed policy change is currently underway and will close on 30 September 2017. You and your customers can have your say at http://www.iedr.ie/public-consultation.
We will have an informational video shortly on how it could affect your customers. In the meantime, an FAQ is available on our website. Again, we would encourage you to share this with your network.