IE Domain Registry have proposed a policy change which will make dot ie domains easier and faster to register.
From January 2018, a business won’t need to provide a valid claim to register a .ie domain name. This means that anyone 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. The Registry 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
A business still has a chance to register, and protect, any dot ie domains that they would not want to fall into a competitor’s hands. Some Irish businesses do not register the dot ie version of their business name, believing that the name cannot be registered by anyone else. So protect your IP, brand, trade name and online presence.
Why is this being proposed?
To make it faster and easier for those with real Irish connections to get a dot ie.
To grow dot ie, especially with small businesses.
To remove the ‘claim’ requirement, as applicants can’t prove future ‘claims’ (e.g. new start-up businesses who want a web presence before setting up a physical presence).
To remove restrictions on domains that reflect a person’s name, nickname, pen name.
So that those with real Irish connections can get any available dot ie domain they want, without delay.