AKEP, the authority for electronic and postal communications (the analogue of AGCOM in Italy) has notified all companies operating in the Albanian territory the possibility of registering their names with the .al extension
AKEP believes that it is advantageous for the beneficiary entities, legal persons, natural persons, non-profit organizations etc., which have economic and social interests in Albania, to register these names under the domains .al, .com.al, org .al and net.al.
Registering a .al domain name protects your name, brand or registered trademark in Albania. Therefore the .al extension is also recommended for those who want to safeguard their brand in Albania and therefore need an online brand protection service
Example of a recent conflict with .al domains
But the process has already created some problems. The administrator and publisher of the well-known Albanian newspaper 'Koha Jone', on 14.12.2017, in fact, pointed out to AKEP that it was impossible to secure the rights to his name under the domain.al (kohajone.al) since it had already been assigned illegally and illegally to another person from AKEP. A paradox also because Koha Jone is a registered trademark according to the Albanian law n.9947 on 07 / 07 / 2008.
AKEP emphasized that this case is not the only one isolated but a situation already seen with other well-known companies and brands. A very worrying fact that does not allow these companies and brands to obtain the right of possession under the dominion.al that legally would be theirs.
All this leads to the need to review some of the rules established in the 02 / 2008 regulation, such as those on the procedure to select a domain name, those on the resolution of disputes or those on the closure of an illegally registered domain.
AKEP, therefore, provides for another transitional period (called the 'Sunrise period') to allow subjects and companies to register as domain.al names; names that are known to AKEP for their activity and to be registered under the legislation in force in offices, institutions, authorities such as the 'National Business Center (QKB)' and which have filed official documents for the protection of industrial rights and specific names.
Extensions: .al .com.al .net.al org.al
- Geographical Area: Europe
- Country: Albania
- Status: Active
- Year of introduction: nd
- Registration period: 1,2,3,4,5 years
- Competent Register:
Who .al domains are addressed to?
The .al domains are aimed at all those who have economic interests in Albania.
Registering a .al domain name protects your name, brand or registered trademark in Albania. Therefore the .al extension is also recommended for those who want to safeguarding its brand in Albania and that therefore need a service of brand protection online.
Are there any restrictions for registering an .al domain?
- The domain name must not be immoral according to the canons in Albania.
Is it possible to transfer a .al domain?
Yes, .al domain transfer is possible.
The Whois Privacy service can be activated on .al domains
At the moment it is not possible to activate the privacy whois service on domains.al
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