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logoNORID, the registry in charge of .no domain names, recently started verifying if owners of existing .no domain names were still allowed to register a .no-name according to the registration rules. In order to be able to register a .no domain name, you need to be an official Norwegian company and only a limited amount of .no domain names may be registered per company. Until now, this was only verified at the time of registration.

gameshowWhen a new TLD is launched and multiple applicants might be trying to register the same domain name, there is always the question how to determine who will actually get the domain name and who will come second. Most people in the domain name registration business prefer such a “landrush” to be either run via an auction or if that isn’t an option by simple randomness. The latter option has however hardly ever been tried because of lawyers stepping in its way.