UAE domain regulator reacts to Irena.ae scandal

.aeDA announces it will start reviewing registrations that violate their policies and infringe on intellectual property rights

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UAE domain regulator reacts to Irena.ae scandal aeDA announces it will start reviewing registrations that violate their policies.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  August 17, 2009

The .ae Domain Administration (.aeDA) has defended its decision to revoke the Irena.ae domain from a UK businessman, who wanted to sell Irena nutritional supplements in the UAE, and transfer it to the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) on the basis that his registration violated several of .aeDA’s policies.

A few days ago, Kevin Reed went public stating that he registered the Irena.ae domain with .aeDA and that his firm held the trademark for Irena products in Europe and the UK for the past twelve years, but that it was subsequently deleted by the TRA unit.

In a public statement, the .aeDA claims that the domain name was indeed registered on January 28th, two days after the signing of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) EU statute in Bonn, but that, following registration, Reed put up the domain name for sale on the website - Youcanbuythiswebsite.com.

.aeDA states that while there are no restrictions to who can register a domain, it does ask applicants to comply with set policies and warrant that the registration “has not been made in bad faith”.

“The initial information submitted by the registrant was found to be false or unverifiable, and the registrant or his agents have since submitted conflicting information in support of the application for the same domain name,” the .aeDA claimed in a statement posted on TRA’s website, adding that “.aeDA is of the considered opinion that the domain name ‘irena.ae’ is likely to mislead the public.”

In reaction to the row, .aeDA has announced it will now start reviewing domain name registrations that violate their policies, a full list of which can be accessed through their website.

According to the rules, names that fall under the list of Reserve Names should not be registered for technical, moral or cultural reasons. Additionally, the registrant should not violate Intellectual Property Rights of others when choosing a name (e.g., trademarks).

Domain names found breaking the rules will be deleted permanently without any refunds.

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