From 31 October 2012 ZA NiC will no longer be accepting new registrations for za.net or za.org domains. Please see our 14 April 2012 Announcement for more information.
ZA NiC is responsible for the registration of subdomains in the second-level .za.net and .za.org domains. The second level domain names .za.net and .za.org are paid for by ZA NiC and are operated by ZA NiC for non-profit making purposes.
The purpose of this document is to describe the rules for the allocation of names within the .za.net and .za.org domains and their sub-domains.
The following applies to all subdomains of .za.net and .za.org:
Subdomain managers willing to provide registration to third parties in their domain have an obligation to abide by the following rules:
Third Party Infringement
By registering a name you confirm that you have the right to use that name. Your use of the name must not infringe upon the rights of any third party.
All .za.net and .za.org Domain Name registrations are made under ZA NiC's Policies for Domain Name registration. These stipulate that care must be taken to avoid infringing the rights that a third party might have in the name, intentionally or otherwise. This term applies to businesses and individuals alike. Although a company may have traded with a similar name for many years - and, in the case of sole traders and partnerships, with exactly the same name - only one can use it as a Domain Name.
If a party believes that the registration of their company name, brand names or registered trademarks as a Domain Name by a third party constitutes an infringement of trademark or an act of passing off, ZA NiC advises that they seek qualified legal opinion.
ZA NiC cannot offer legal advice.
ZA NiC reserves the right to terminate the service at any time
Your contact details as entered into the whois database will be publicly viewable via the whois database interface.
By registering a name you agree to keep ZA NiC and its employees and contributors fully and effectively indemnified at all times and indemnify ZA NiC and its employees and contributors accordingly against all costs, claims, liabilities, legal actions and expenses arising directly or indirectly through your choice and use of the domain name or by any breach by you of your obligations contained herein.
You may register a domain name through ZA NiC on behalf of somebody else (if you are an internet service provider for example). No fee may be charged for the use of the domain name. Charging of a nominal administration fee is acceptable. You may not however register a name without the permission and knowledge of its final user and then sell it to him. Breach of this Term will result in the cancellation of the registration.
ZA NiC is actively opposed to Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE) or SPAM. We do not condone UCE in any way, shape or form. All substantiated reports of UCE to firstname.lastname@example.org will be investigated and appropriate action will be taken. If UCE persists from a ZA NiC registered subdomain, we reserve the right to terminate use of such subdomain without warning.
Though the service is mostly geared towards non-profit and not-for-profit organisations and individuals, commercial sites are accepted, but they are urged to do so only as a last resort.
The registrant acknowledges and agrees that ZA NiC may modify or amend this Policy from time to time, and that such changes are binding upon the registrant. ZA NiC will post the revised Policy at http://www.za.net/policy.html
THE REGISTRANT AGREES THAT ZA NiC WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OF REGISTRATION AND USE OF REGISTRANT'S DOMAIN NAME, OR FOR INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS, OR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS) REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF ZA NiC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
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