January 2010


DENIC (.de registry) has changed the rules to transfer a .de domain name. From February 1st, an authorisation key (auth key) will be required in order to transfer a .de name. Your current registrar needs to provide you this code.

Up until now, all you had to do, when you wanted to transfer a .de name, was inform your current registrar about your wish to transfer your domain name. This was neccessary since your current registrar had to approve the transfer explicitly. This won’t be needed any longer. Once you have passed the auth key to your new registrar, the transfer will be completed shortly after.

As from February 7th 2010, the Colombian registry relaxes the registration procedure for Colombian domain names significantly. Currently notarised paperwork is needed to register a domain name under the Colombian domain. As from February 7th, this will be no longer needed. It will also be possible for an individual to register a name under the Colombian extension. Also having a local contact in Colombia is no longer necessary, the required local presence is therefore eliminated. It will also become possible to register domain names per year instead of per 2 years. Finally, the registry also allow transfers. The registry hopes that through these measures the number of Colombian name registrations will increase over time so they can carry a price decrease.

The registry is also thinking about realising the .co domain. Currently names can only be registered under the domain. The registry is considering to make to .co domain also available for registration. The first step in this release would be a sunrise period in which holders of a name which was registered before July 30th 2008, will get the opportunity to register this name under the .co extension. More information will follow.

A few days ago, ICANN contacted the Haitian registry. Everyone who works here, has survived the severe earthquake and theaftershocks that hit the country. Understandably, the staff is in shock. Many have lost their homes and are impacted by what happened in recent days.

Regarding the infrastructure of the .ht registry, there’s good and bad news. Due to the earthquake, some of the nameservers of the .ht registry are not accessible to people outside of Haiti because of significant damage to the local telecommunications infrastructure. People are trying now to re-establish Haiti’s links to the world through the Dominican Republic.

Despite the fact that part of the infrastructure is destroyed and not working as expected, the .ht domain keeps functioning through a number of locations outside Haiti. Meanwhile, additional measures are taken to ensure that the .ht domain remains accessible even when conditions would deteriorate.

Despite all the problems that the country and its people are facing now, they are even thinking about the accessibility of the .ht domain.

Things ain’t going great at A few weeks ago Marc Van Wesemael (CEO) and Peter Janssen (CTO) already decided to leave the company. Today we received the message that Jan Jansen (Chief Operations), Geert Debyser (Chief Software Development) and the spokesman Hans Seeuws are leaving the Belgian domain administrator.

These latter three would resign because they are focusing on a new project. The project Geert Debyser, Jan Jansen and Hans Seeuws are going to launch, is a kind of consultancy around DNSSEC. The new security protocol, which must be implemented in 2010, is a more or less watertight solution to defending the integrity of the domain name system.

There are also other rumors about the reason of departure of almost the entire management. ‘It’s said that they would no longer be reconciled with the way things go within the organization. The Board is planning to turn into a cheap as possible company and many people have difficulties with this approach,’ says an internal source.

These rumors are, however, formally denied by Jo Van Gorp, manager ad interim of Recently the budget for 2010 was approved by the Board of Directors making available more money for investments than the previous years and allowing DNS BE to further develop the high-quality service it has been offering to you for years,’ says Van Gorp.

On February 1st the sunrise for .lu IDN domain names will start. This sunrise will end on March 31st. From April 1st on, everyone who wishes to do so, can register a .lu IDN domain name. From then on, applications will be handled on a first come, first served basis.

During the sunrise there will be very strict restrictions in order to register a .lu IDN name. The domain names eligible during the sunrise period are those derived from an existing domain name by replacing one or more characters with the same base character with a diacritic, or by applying the general replacement convention (e.g. ü=ue).

An IDN must be registered to the same holder (same name, same address) as the similar domain name. For instance only the owner of will be able to register café.lu

The .cn registry keeps making drastic decisions. Yesterday, January 6th 2010, the registry has decided they’ll no longer accept new .cn registrations from foreign registrars. Existing registrations can still easily be extended but new registrations are no longer possible.

The reason for this drastic decision, are the difficulties that come up with new registrations. A few weeks ago we already posted an article about the fact that the. cn registry  has tightened its policy of new registrations considerably. Only companies could register a new .cn name and paperwork was required. This apparently leads to unexpected difficulties for registration of foreign registrars.

The Chinese registry also told that this ‘registration stop’ for foreign registrars is only temporary. When these ‘stop’ will be lifted, is not known. The registry is now looking for methods with which they can verify the required paperwork for new registrations from abroad.

There are already 2 new rules introduced to control the paperwork easier.

1) Companies in China may only register their .cn domain names via a registrar based in China.
2) If a foreign firm widh to register a .cn name, such registration must be accompanied by a Chinese or English copy of an extract for the Chamber of Commerce. If this extract can not be delivered in Chinese or English by the competent authority, it must be translated by a sworn translator. Several countries (including Belgium) don’t give an original English extract. So we’ll have to wait and see how strict the rules will be interpreted in practice to know for sure how much trouble these additional rules will cause.