Creation of the National Authority of Internet Domain Registration
According to the new Decree No. 189/11 recently published in the Official Bulletin, the mentioned Authority will administrate the top level domain “.ar” as well as the registration of internet domain names of natural persons or legal entities.
The National Authority of Internet Domain Registration will depend from the Legal and Technical Secretary of the National Presidency.
This new Authority will be also responsible for the conflict resolution arising from the registration and ownership of Internet domains and the publicity of domain names registrations and renewals and their owners, among others.
A meeting was recently held with the Director of NIC Argentina, Dr. Gustavo Justich, so as to clarify some issues regarding the new decree.
The Authority’s officers indicated that there will be no relevant changes in the near future. However, they plan the elaboration of new rules regarding NIC Argentina’s activity and the process of registration, renewal, cancellation, transfer of domains, etc. regarding “.AR” domains.
Furthermore, a formalization of NIC Argentina’s proceedings is being evaluated (e.g. the data validation of applicants, in case doubts arise regarding their authenticity; proceeding filed for the recovery of domain names which must count with an express and founded resolution, duly signed by NIC´s director, sustaining or dismissing the petition; etc.)
The creation of a register for domain registration users is also being analyzed, so as to clearly identify the users and registrants and provide better juridical security.
The matter regarding official taxes has not been decided yet, but in case changes are established in the proceedings (e.g.: Domains Publication in the Official Bulletin) it is possible that the domain registration involves in the future an official fee or tax.
Through our representative member, Dr. Estela De Luca (lawyer at Moeller), within the Domain Names Sub-Commission, we will keep you duly informed of any further development established by the local authorities.