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    Do I Need Domain Name Protection?

    PLEASE NOTE: Information in this article is correct at the time of publication, please contact DFA Law for current advice on older articles.

    Domain protection can seem like a complicated proposal, and the technical side of it can be to those not familiar with the specifics. However, the implications of not maintaining this protection can have hugely negative impacts on a business and result in damage to important parts of your web hosting infrastructure.

    Here’s everything you need to know about domain name protection and registration.

    What is a Domain Name?

    A domain name forms part of a web address, but for businesses it can mean a whole lot more. It forms the basis of an online presence, and provides the infrastructure required for things like email addresses. Every domain name is registered with a registrar, who in turn registers the domain with ICANN, the organisation that maintains and coordinates IP (Internet Protocol) and the DNS (Domain Name System). The DNS is like a big address book of the Internet, which ensures that every domain has a unique identity. A top-level domain is the last part of any web address (e.g. .com, etc.) and this defines which organisation is responsible for maintaining its DNS root-zone.

    What is Domain Name Protection?

    Due to how infrastructural domain names are to online presence, it’s important for them to be protected legally. Domain names can undergo trademark registration, and therefore can be protected under intellectual property rights. This can help mitigate anyone else using similar domain names to a known business for nefarious purposes, such as scamming. This is called domain squatting and can be very frustrating for any domain owner.

    Should I Have Domain Name Protection?

    Prevention should form a key part of your strategy and registering it as trademarked intellectual property is an important part of this. As your domain name relates to an important part of your web hosting infrastructure and contains key technical contact information that allows emails to function, it is recommended to protect your domain name.

    Our corporate law team can help you protect your domains and keep your important business infrastructure intact. Contact us to find out more.

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