Revoking of domain names[Link]

The registrants are expected to respect the general Terms and Conditions of DNS Belgium. One of the essential obligations concerns the notification of correct data during the registration of a domain name.

Third parties should always be able to execute their rights regarding a certain domain name. In this case, they should always be able to contact the registrant concerned. Therefore, it is essential for both registrars and DNS Belgium that potential disputes between concerned parties can be settled.

DNS Belgium handles this in several ways:

  • When we receive a complaint from a third party about a registrant that cannot be contacted, this will be checked by us. When we encounter wrong data, both the registrant and the registrar are asked by e-mail to correct these data within a period of 14 days. If these data haven’t been adjusted in that period, the domain name will be revoked.

  • In addition, DNS Belgium has begun to check the historical database since 1st April 2006. Random checks will continue to be done on a monthly basis. When we encounter wrong data, both the registrant and the registrar are asked by e-mail to correct these data within a period of 14 days. If these data haven’t been adjusted, the domain name will be revoked.

  • If DNS Belgium receives information about a phishing domain name or fast flux networks, the revoke procedure will also be started. In addition to contacting the registrant and registrar, the nameservers connected to the domain name will immediately be removed. If DNS Belgium receives no update of the registrant information within 14 days, the domain name will be revoked.

In case of breach of other obligations of the terms and conditions, DNS Belgium will need to follow a different approach. In first instance, DNS Belgium needs to verify whether it is competent or not to determine that a breach occurred.

Example: somebody complains about the illegal content of a website linked with a domain and asks DNS Belgium to intervene and to revoke the domain. Indeed, being responsible for illegal web content could also mean an infringement on the terms and conditions. However, DNS Belgium is not competent to determine whether the content of a website is of illegal nature or not. This is reserved for competent judicial bodies (police and justice). When DNS Belgium is informed a competent legal body has ruled the content of a site linked with a .be domain is of illegal nature, then DNS Belgium could start the infringement procedure against the registrant and possibly revoke the domain.

In cases where DNS Belgium has no direct competence, it can only intervene in second place, once competent bodies have ruled over any prejudicial matters.