March 17, 2011 | Jim Killock

Nominet will talk directly to ORG about domain seizures

The Open Rights Group is one of twenty organizations picked by Nominet to discuss their proposed rules for domain seizures. Other civil liberties organizations invited include Global Partners.

Nominet’s specialist group is headed by Dr Ian Walden, an academic, whose work with FIPR is well-known. We welcome his appointment.

Nominet’s documents concentrate on questions of legal liability for Nominet. We strongly recommend people read their analysis, and give us feedback. Whether we get a fair settlement that protects people’s rights will not just rest on notions of what is right or fair, but also what Nominet believes its legal responsibilities to be.

If Nominets views are incorrect, or too cautious, then they may be led to conclusions which are too harsh and undermine people’s ability to exercise free speech in the face of police complaints.