With the rapid increase in Internet usage and the recent growth of e-commerce, conflicts and disputes over domain names and trademarks are inevitable. It is therefore important to establish a clear framework and procedures for resolving such disputes. To address this, the Singapore Network Information Centre Pte Ltd (SGNIC)...
Singapore, 20 July 2001 | For Immediate Release
With the rapid increase in Internet usage and the recent growth of e-commerce, conflicts and disputes over domain names and trademarks are inevitable. It is therefore important to establish a clear framework and procedures for resolving such disputes. To address this, the Singapore Network Information Centre Pte Ltd (SGNIC) has issued an industry consultation paper today entitled "Proposed Framework for Resolving Disputes over Internet Domain Names Registered under .sg", to seek industry comments and feedback on the suggested approach.
The proposed framework was developed by SGNIC, together with the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Mediation Centre. This framework will serve to address and resolve domain name disputes between a ".sg" domain name registrant and any third party.
Although there have been few cases of ".sg" domain name disputes in Singapore, it is still necessary to ensure that any contention over the use of domain names is settled in an efficient and cost effective way. The proposed dispute resolution framework, which addresses, in particular, disputes arising from the use of registered trademarks, is formulated with this objective in mind.
The aim of this consultation exercise is to provide a platform for industry members to share their views on the policy which will put in place, taking into account industry trends and developments.
All views and comments should be submitted in writing to reach SGNIC on or before 12 noon on 17 August 2001. Based on the comments received, SGNIC will make appropriate modifications to the proposed framework. SGNIC targets to release the dispute resolution policy by 4th quarter 2001. The consultation paper can be downloaded from the SGNIC website at www.sgnic.sg.
ISSUED BY THE SINGAPORE NETWORK INFORMATION CENTRE PTE LTD (SGNIC)
The Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) is a fully owned subsidiary of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. SGNIC was set up in October 1995 with the main purpose of administering the Internet domain name space in Singapore. It is the central registry delegated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to administer third-level domain name registration under the .sg domain. SGNIC collaborates with the international, regional and local Internet communities to ensure a stabilised and efficient operation of the.sg domain name space in support of applications provided over the Internet.
For media clarification, please contact:
Ms Chia Sher Ling
Manager, Corporate Communication
Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
Tel: +65 211-1840
Fax: +65 211-2227