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Commercial Domain Name Registration


DEFINITIONS:
commercial domains -
Your customers' domains

registrant -
The registrant is the individual or organization to whom a specific domain name is registered. This individual or organization holds the right to use that specific domain name for a specified period of time, provided certain conditions are met and the registration fees are paid. This person or organization is the "legal entity" bound by the terms of the Service Agreement.

PROBLEM

When using our DNS registration system for commercial domains , some folks take the "easy" way out and default the Registrant to Morris Communications Corporation. Other folks (outside of our system) default the Registrant to be the name of the newspaper or the name of the online property.

This is something that you do not want to do. When registering commercial domains, the registrant must be your customer. In essence, when you register domains, you are acting as an agent for the customer. In doing so, you have the fiduciary responsibility to protect the customers intellectual property (i.e. their name).

If you list Morris Communications or your newspaper as the registrant, you open the company up to potential lawsuits for registering domains in bad faith (we've actually been threatened with lawsuits). In addition, you give the company the liability of protecting your customers' intellectual property: say you register the domain in your name, you forget to pay, a domain squatter gets the name, and you've got to pay the squatter to get the name back (or face a lawsuit from your customer).

If the customer is the registrant, Network Solutions will always send the customer a US Postal mail invoice to the registrant's address before cancelling the domain. The final onus of payment and protection lies with the customer.

SOLUTION
When you register domains for yourself (i.e. the property), you are required to use the system at
http://admin.morriscomm.com/cgi-bin/automate/register.cgi (requires
password). This system automatically makes the registrant Morris Communications Company, LLC., so you don't have to worry with the registrant.

When you register domains for your customers, I strongly encourage you to come to the registration point (whether it's us or someone else) with your customer's legal name and business address in hand. Make that the information for the registrant. Don't make yourself the registrant.