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Nominet Opposed Heavily over Domain Takedown Plans

With the view to resist a proposal made by Nominet to bring down illegal activity related websites without the requirement of any court order, the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) recently joined forces with the Open Rights Group and London Internet Exchange (Linx).

In the month of March this year, Nominet started a process of changing policy on "dealing with domain names used in connection with criminal activity" at the prompting of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). Nominet is the agency responsible for allocation of .uk domain.

And, since then the agency is taking down domains that includes hundreds of websites allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise.

On Wednesday, ISPA, Linx and the Open Group stated that they are rejecting the draft recommendations made by Nominet, reported ZD Net (opens in new tab).

All three of them independently decided that suspending of website must follow receipt of judicial order.

Jim Killock, executive director of the rights group, said, "The Open Rights Group's understanding is that Nominet's current practices fail to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights."

Killock added, "It is an Article 6 right under the Convention to have an open, fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law. Article 6 rights cannot be waived."

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.