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Any age restrictions on owning domain/website?

 8:52 am on Apr 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

my son is 16 & lives in uk.

he wants to register a domain & create a website - does anyone know if any age restrictions are applicable regarding?



 5:18 pm on Apr 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

I don't know about the U.K., but in the U.S., (may be some variations in state laws) minors cannot enter into a legal agreements - a parent or legally-appointed guardian must do so on their behalf.

(There's an exception for legally emancipated minors.)

So, technically, you have to enter into any agreements on behalf of your son.

Practically, I don't think there is generally any checking on this. Some registrars and hosts may ask about age, but I don't think it's commonly asked.

Generally, you have a credit card, (or perhaps PayPal account) you're good to go. Of course, a minor cannot have a credit card without a parent having signed for it. (Though I'm sure - given that they've been issued to cats, dogs, and goldfish, that more than a few slip through.)

An interesting side issue I've never really thought about - what, then, is the legal status of shrink-wrap licenses, EULAs, site terms and conditions, etc. with regard to minors?


 12:37 pm on Apr 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

Its over 30 years since my pre IT career required me to study contract law but IIRC as long as your son isn't entering into a credit agreement, and he has a suitable means of payment, then he can make a purchase. (Except for age restricted products of course).

I am not aware of any legal age restriction on domain ownership although your hosting service is perfectly entitled to make restrictions of its own.


 3:24 am on Apr 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

has a suitable means of payment, then he can make a purchase

But this isn't a purchase.

It's a contractual agreement.


 7:34 pm on Apr 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

I would contact the hosting company or domain registrar and ask them if they allow minors to do contracts. If not, just be his legal guardian and do it for him.


 3:06 am on Apr 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

Did a little research - apparently, in the U.S. contracts entered-into by a minor are voidable at the option of the minor, but become valid if the minor turns 18 without voiding the contract.

There are some exceptions - entertainment contracts, for example.

It is apparently NOT the case (as I had assumed) that such contracts are automatically void - but only if the minor decides at some point to void the contract.


 10:52 am on Apr 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

The location of both hosting company and domain registrar will be significant. Use English suppliers and English law will apply.


 3:50 pm on Apr 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

thanks for your replies - my son purchased a few domains (co.uk & com) under his own name & i paid for them - there was no mention of age or minimum age submit on the application - i assume its ok?

i have another question in a new thread.

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