Domain Name Dispute Resolution
The Minister of Communications promulgated the Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations in November 2006 to resolve disputes relating to domain names registered in the co.za domain.
In terms of the ADR Regulations, the .ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) is mandated to accredit suitable service providers to provide ADR services, and to receive fees from the providers for each resolved dispute.
There are currently three ADR service providers:
South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL)
The South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL) is accredited as a dispute resolution provider in terms of the .za Alternate Dispute Resolution Regulations.
SAIIPL was established in 1954 and represents over 140 patent attorneys, patent agents, trade mark practitioners and academics in South Africa who specialise in the field of Intellectual Property Law. SAIIPL has a large panel of independent and experienced adjudicators, taken from the most experienced practising attorneys, advocates and academics in the field, to determine disputes lodged with it.
Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa
The Department of Communications has recently renewed AFSA's national accreditation to provide arbitration services for domain name disputes. AFSA continues to forge a strong path with respect to the administration of .co.za domain name disputes to its broad programme of activities.
AFSA's extensive list of panellists appointed to adjudicate these disputes include Senior and Junior Counsel with wide-ranging experience in the intellectual property and information technology fields. This means AFSA can provide suitable arbitrators for any .co.za domain name dispute, no matter the complexity.
World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
In December 1999, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center began offering domain name dispute resolution services under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). The Center’s services include administering second-level domain name disputes for generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) to which the UDRP applies.
The Center is the leading provider of dispute resolution services under the WIPO-initiated, ICANN-mandated UDRP. The Center also administers disputes under a number of specific policies, adopted by individual gTLD registries.
Last update: 30-03-2015 08:27:06
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Our offices will be closed from the 21st of December 2020 and will reopen on the 4th of January 2021. We will have skeleton staff on standby to attend to urgent customer queries.
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