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Transferring a .com.es domain name

8:19 am on May 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have agreed to buy an already registered .com.es domain name from the existing Spanish owner.

I am in the UK and am having tremendous problems getting the domain name transferred as the Spanish domain name registry say that it is not possible to transfer a .com.es domain name from one registrant to another!

Any ideas?

5:07 pm on May 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I saw a discussion recently indicating laws/requirements for registering domain names vary widely from country to country.

Since I know nothing about what Spain prefers, my suggestions are the obvious ones. Ask the registrar to refer you to the appropriate regulations and, assuming this is an amiable transaction, ask the present domain owner to help you find out what needs to be done.

2:52 am on May 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I was just looking through the rules for .es domain names - and it seems like that you have to have a legal established presence in that country:


Frankly I would be pretty careful with .es domain names - I don't know how strictly their rules are enforced - but they certainly seem to be a lot of restrictions - many more than I have seen for other TLDs.

As far as the transfer goes - all the owner should have to do is update the ownership info to your name, address, phone and email and you will be the owner, no "transfer" needed.

8:37 am on May 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, the rules for .com.es are very different from .es names. For example .com.es can be owned by foreign organisations without a physical prescence in Spain but .es domain names can't.

The rules of .es names are very strict. You are not generally allowed to register a generic word as a .es domain in either Spanish or English.

It's crazy that they do allow .com.es names to be registered but not transferred to a new owner.


6:09 am on May 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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One thing you could try if you can't get the registry to bend is to execute a custodianship/license agreement with the seller. You end up with a piece of paper that gives you all the rights of the owner, without being listed in WHOIS as the owner.

Take control of the DNS, the online account at the registry, the email address used for contact from the registry, etc. Use the domain as if you were the listed WHOIS owner.

Include in your custodianship agreement:

1. You get a perpetual, worldwide, sublicensable, royalty-free (etc.) license to use the domain.

2. You own the domain, but the seller is going to HOLD it for you in their name at no cost (other than you pay the annual registry fees).

3. The seller will immediately transfer the name to you or any party you name at no cost in the event that such a transfer is permitted by the registry (things change, and you want them to transfer to you when it's allowed.)

4. The seller is prohibited from using the domain or anything similar.

5. THe seller will cooperate fully with any required adminstrative duties related to the domain and the registry.

You'll need a competent IP attorney to draft this, someone who understands domains and also Spain.


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