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  • From: DENIC Presse <presse AT>
  • To: Public-L <public-l AT>
  • Subject: [DENICpublic-l] PRESS RELEASE: Last Short Domains Registered
  • Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:31:48 +0100
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Frankfurt, 12 January 2011

Short and Fine - Last Nine Short Domains Finally Registered

DENIC registered,,,,,,, and
On 12 January, the last nine remaining short domains were entered in the
DENIC domain register. The domains,,,,,,, and had previously been blocked for registration due to
temporary injunctions. The object of the legal disputes was privileged
registration. DENIC'S "first come, first served" registration standard
has, however, been confirmed by several court rulings. To ensure equal
opportunities for all applicants also for the much-sought after short
domains, the registration procedure was automated to a large extent. But
today's technology provides possibilities for dialling a fax number very
quickly and very often. To grant equal opportunities also in this respect,
DENIC took measures such as very short activation periods of the fax lines
and fax configurations that permitted no more than one page to be received
per transmission. The first fax applying for any of the domains that met
all formal requirements triggered registration of the respective domain.
The nine short domains were registered in the names of seven applicants.
"We are very pleased with the result. 'First come, first served' has been
established as the registration standard and the chosen procedure worked
perfectly," DENIC's CEO, Sabine Dolderer. Since DENIC considerably relaxed
its terms and conditions for registration in October 2009, the Cooperative
has registered about 2,200 one- and two-character or so-called short
domains and nearly 33,000 domains with names composed of numerals only. If
you want to know who are the holders of the new domains, go to the DENIC
website and find out via DENIC's information service whois under

Background information:
Legal context
The aforementioned domains were excluded from registration when DENIC
launched one- and two-character domains in October 2009 because temporary
injunctions had been imposed on DENIC which prohibited registration of
said domains for the time being. These temporary injunctions are no longer
effective. As regards the domain, the applicant withdrew her motion
for a temporary injunction. The applicant of the domains,,,, and waived his rights resulting from the temporary
injunction after the Frankfurt Court of Appeals had ruled in favour of
DENIC in the main proceedings of the domain. The temporary
injunctions relating to the and the domains were recently
lifted by the Frankfurt Court of Appeals. In its ruling, the Frankfurt
Court of Appeals confirms permissibility of the registration standard of
DENIC, which provides for the option to carry out registrations, including
first registrations of domains at a specific point in time set by DENIC,
applying the "first come, first served" principle. Similar reasons had
been given by the Court of Appeals when it confirmed the ruling issued by
the Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main in October 2009, which rejected to
issue a temporary injunction that would have compelled DENIC to also block
registration of the domain at that time. Thus, all attempts of
individual applicants to evade the "first come, first served" principle
with regard to the release of short domains or to be granted privileges
have failed. You can view all the rulings on our website under
The Registration Procedure
Registration was made applying DENIC's standard "first come, first served"
principle. Since the number of available domains was extremely limited,
DENIC used a special procedure: Applicants had to submit requests by fax
to fax numbers established for this particular purpose. That was the only
permitted submission channel. There was a separate fax number for each
domain, which was active for a period of 30 minutes. The first period
started on 12 January 2011 at 10:00 (CET).
DENIC accepted only registration requests which were submitted on a
specific request form designed for that purpose. It was available for
download on the DENIC website under
. There was a separate form for each domain. The fax server was configured
to receive no more than one page per fax transmission and automatically
terminated the connection after one page. Thus, interested parties had to
ensure that their fax machine did not include a cover sheet for the
transmission or spread the text over two pages. The above mentioned fax
numbers were activated one day before the official launch of the
registration period, so that senders could test their own fax
The application form had to be completed accurately, fully and legibly,
and be signed before it was sent to DENIC. The domain was assigned to the
applicant whose complete, correctly filled in and signed fax application
was received first by DENIC after opening of the registration period of
the respective domain – synchronized with the time server of DENIC
( Factual registration was effected immediately afterwards,
the domain simultaneously being recorded in the DENIC database. After
that, the domain could ad hoc be queried via the DENIC information
services (whois etc.).

As a matter of principle, interested parties have to ensure that the
registration and intended use of the domain does not infringe anybody
else’s rights nor break any general law.

The holders of the successfully registered domains will be informed by
DENIC in writing and must communicate by 26 January 2011 (date of receipt
of letter or fax by DENIC) the member of the DENIC Cooperative who is
going to administer the domain in the future. Otherwise, the domain will
be administered by DENICdirect.

Kind regards

Beate Schulz
Public Relations

Kaiserstraße 75-77
60329 Frankfurt am Main

E-Mail: presse AT
Fon: +49 69 27235-274
Fax: +49 69 27235-235

Angaben nach § 25a Absatz 1 GenG:
DENIC eG (Sitz: Frankfurt am Main)
Vorstand: Sabine Dolderer, Helga Krüger, Carsten Schiefner, Dr. Jörg
Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats: Elmar Knipp
Eingetragen unter Nr. 770 im Genossenschaftsregister, Amtsgericht
Frankfurt am Main

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