Nominet the domain registrar has been condemned by Todays Controversy for issuing a new domain extention which many people cannot have.
The .uk domain name is offered by many domain registrars but in contradiction to what they offer. Although the registrars give the option to own a .uk domain name, in actual fact you cannot have the .uk domain or you are prevented from taking-up this domain. In order for you to own .uk domain name nominet says you must already be a owner of a .co.uk domain name.
In addition a new registrant does not have the right to choose a new .uk domain without owning a .co.uk domain. The owners of existing domains with a .co.uk domain is given rights first and even if they don’t take the .uk domain it is reserved for them for five years. So, basically a .uk domain name is and is not available – confusing ? well, even though the .uk domain name is available when you do a search for your favourite domain which you previously couldn’t have because all the good names under .com, .co.uk, .net have run out and, then you find a really good domain name you can have now under the .uk extention domain registrars prevent people from buying the domain because nominet has this silly and stupid rule that says the owner of another domain has the first right to own the .uk domain. Ok, perhaps it is for a few days but it is reserved for five years for another domain owner who already has their domain domain name – how stupid!
This is a very bad domain policy by nominet and they need to get to grips with themselves to stop making stupid rules and allow anyone and everyone to own which ever domain they like under any extention as long as it is freely available. The .uk domain is freely available under many domain names but people are not allowed to have it.