.sg Regulations

Requirements & Information

CountrySingapore
CodeSG
CurrencyUSD
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Available TLDsRequirements
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com.sgLC
edu.sgLC
org.sgLC
net.sgCF

Additional Information

COM.SG This category is for commercial entities which are either registered or are about to be registered with the Registry of Companies and Businesses, IE Singapore or any professional body. A foreign company which is not so registered may only apply for such a domain name if it has a representative in Singapore, which shall be a legal entity that is similarly registered by any of the afore-mentioned organisations, and is duly authorised by the foreign company to apply for the registration of the domain name.
EDU.SG A registrant in the category should at the point of application, be an educational institution registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Singapore and documentation from the MOE evidencing the same should be provided to the Registrar
net.sg NET.SG This category is for network providers and info-com operators in Singapore. Applicants for names under this category must be info-com operators or network providers in Singapore for example those possessing a valid licence issued by the Info-Communications Development Authority (IDA). Please see these detailed guidelines on requirements.
org.sg ORG.SG This category is for organisations which are either registered or are about to be registered with the Registry of Societies (ROS) including other miscellaneous organisations (eg. Town Councils, Community Centres, People’s Association and Embassies and any other organisations not classified elsewhere.)
Guidelines for Application of Second-Level Domain
Names under the Top Level Domain of ‘.sg’ During
Sunrise Period
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1. IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE
6 Sep 2004 (5pm) Pre-launch Cut off date for registration of 3rd level names
to enjoy priority to register 2nd level names
15 Sep 2004 (12noon)
to 1 Nov 2004 (12 noon)
Sunrise
period
Sunrise period – Acceptance of 2nd level .sg
domain name applications
1 Nov 2004 (12 noon) to
20 Dec 2004 (12 noon)
Post-sunrise
period
Consolidation, bidding (if required) and
allocation of 2nd level registration
20 Dec 2004 (5pm) Allocation
Results
Announcement of allocation results
21 Dec 2004 (12 noon)
to 2 Jan 2005 (12 noon)
Objection
Period
Acceptance of objection to allocation
decision
3 Jan 2005 (12 noon) General
Launch
Acceptance of application from public on
first-come-first-served basis
2. PRE-LAUNCH
Part of the rule that gives priority to register 2nd level names of “.sg” is the ownership
of an existing 3rd level name (.com.sg / net.sg / org.sg / edu.sg / per.sg). The cut off
date for 3rd level name to be entitled to the priority to register 2nd level names is 6
September 2004 before 5 pm. Therefore all 3rd level name had to be registered
before this period to enjoy the priority in this category. (Please note that there are
other priority before this category which will be explained in details under item 3.3)
3. SUNRISE PERIOD
The sunrise period is 1 ½ months for the application of second-level domain names
under the top level domain of .sg.
3.1 Anyone who wishes to register a second-level domain name under the top level
domain of .sg may apply during the Sunrise Period. Applications for second-level
domain names during the Sunrise Period will not be processed on a first-come-firstserved
basis but will be processed subject to the requirements and procedures set
out in the following guidelines.
3.2 During the Sunrise Period all individuals and entities are eligible to apply for any
second-level domain name. Applicants will be required to submit a declaration form
(form to be published soon) together with supporting documents, if any, indicating
their status (i.e. trademark holders, Unregistered well-known trademark Holder,
government bodies, existing registrants or new applicants). This form has to be
submitted to via fax. We will only submit application to SGNIC upon receipt
of these documents as we only have 7 days to hand over the documents to SGNIC
once the application is filed online.
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3.3 Where there are two or more applicants for the same second-level domain name the
priority for allocation will be determined at the end of the Sunrise Period in the
following order:
(a-i) Holders of registered trademarks
To provide Trademark Registration Number and name of Trademark Holder on the
declaration form. To submit trademark certificate if the trademark is filed recently
which has not been updated in the online search of IPOS. Please go to
http://tmsearch.ipos.gov.sg/eTMSearch/eRegister.jsp to search online for Trademark
Registration Number & Trademark Holder.
(a-ii) Holders of Unregistered well-known mark holders
To submit justifications to prove that the trademark in well-known in Singapore and
indicate number of supporting documents.
Please visit http://www.newiplaws.org.sg/index_chapter.htm, click under Trade Marks
for further details on how well-known mark is defined. This may serve as a guide to
provide the appropriate documents to submit for justification.
(b) Government Organisations that have a current Registrant Agreement with
SGNIC in relation to a current third level domain name registered under the
‘gov.sg’ category and is identical to the second level domain name that they
want to register. For example, in the case of holder of ABC.gov.sg, the
second level domain name it wants to register would be ABC.sg.
(c) Applicants that are not Government Organisations but have a current
Registrant Agreement with SGNIC in relation to a current third level domain
name registered under the ‘com/org/net/edu/per.sg’ categories and is
identical to the second-level domain name that is under application (i.e.
existing 3rd level registrants). For example, in the case of holder of
XYZ.com.sg, the second-level domain name it wants to register would be
XYZ.sg. The third-level ‘.sg’ domain name with SGNIC must be registered
before 5:00pm on 6 Sept 2004. The name applied under the 2nd level must be
exactly the same as the one under the 3rd level and the organization name
and/or first name, last name (for the case of .per.sg) must be an exact match
of the one provided by the 3rd level domain name. In addition, the domain
must be in “Active” status. Submission for domains in “Expired” or “Deleted”
status will not be considered for application.
Registered Trade
Mark Holders
Holders of word marks which are registered with the
Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS).
Unregistered Well-known
Trade Mark Holders
Holders of well known trademark holders define
under Trademark Act Chapter 332 of IPOS
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(d) Applicants that are not in the above (a), (b) and (c) categories (i.e. new
applicant).
Each of the group of applicants described above shall be known as “Group”. First
priority would be given to the Group in (a), followed by the Group (b), (c) and (d) in
the order. Within Group (a), registered trademark holders have priority over
unregistered well-known trademark holders.
3.4 Where there are two or more applicants for the same second-level domain name
within each of the Group, a bidding will be conducted to allocate these second-level
domain names.
3.5 All individuals and entities are eligible to apply for second level ‘.sg’ domain name.
Foreign-based registrants have to appoint a local administrative contact or register
through their local office.
3.6 The restrictions on the types of domain names to be registered are the same as the
3rd level domain names specifically:
(a) Names, which contain certain words such as “Temasek”, “Singapore”,
“Singapura” and its variation, “Singapore Government” or “President” or any
other words that can mislead people to think there is link to the Government;
(b) Names, which contains “SGNIC”, “NIC” and its variations;
(c) Names, which are obscene, scandalous, indecent or contrary to law, or
morality (e.g. “sex” or any connotations with sex or any sex-related activities);
(d) Names, which are geographical names or names of countries (e.g.
Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, etc.);
(e) Abbreviated names (either on their own or in combination with other
characters) of existing generic top-level domain name (gTLDs) (i.e. .com,
.org, .net, edu, .gov, .per, .aero, .coop, .biz, .info, .museum, .name and .pro)
and any other gTLDs created or to be created by ICANN in the future;
(f) Names, such as “www”, “http”, “https” or “http-www”;
(g) Names, which are similar or identical to domain names registered under other
domain name space and which SGNIC deems undesirable; and
(h) Names, which consist of all numerals.
3.8 reserve the right of rejecting any application which is not in accordance with
the guidelines.
3.9 Since application may not result in successful registration, applicants must
understand and agree to the payment/refund terms of condition.
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4. POST SUNRISE PERIOD
SGNIC will consolidate the application and decide on allocation of the domains
based on priorities mentioned in item 3.3.
Where there are two or more applicants for the same second-level domain name
within each of the Group, SGNIC will notify applicants of the bidding details and invite
applicants to participate in the bidding exercise. This is a closed bidding process.
We will advise on bidding procedures in a later date.
5. ALLOCATION RESULTS
SGNIC does not guarantee that all applicants will get a second-level domain name
based on their current corresponding identical third level domain name registered
with SGNIC even if the applicants apply correctly and on time. This is either because
another applicant with a higher priority may have also applied for the same secondlevel
domain name or the second-level domain name applied for has been reserved
by SGNIC not to be available to the general public.
The result of successful allocations will be posted on SGNIC website
(http://www.nic.net.sg) on 20 Dec 2004 and will also informed the registrant
of the successful allocation.
6. OBJECTION PERIOD
6.1 An objection period of [14 calendar days] is provided for the public to raise objections
against any allocation which is suspected not to have been made in accordance with
the Guidelines. Objections not related to the procedures set out in the Guidelines
shall not be entertained.
6.2 A person raising an objection to an allocation result shall provide evidence that the
second-level domain name allocated by SGNIC during the Sunrise Period did not
comply with the Guidelines.
6.3 Objections shall be filed by filling out an objection form (will be made available on
SGNIC’s website or may be requested from ) and sending the completed
objection form to SGNIC, addressed to: Singapore Network Information Centre
(SGNIC) , 8 Temasek Boulevard, #14-00 Suntec Tower 3 Singapore 038988
6.4 SGNIC will appoint a panel to evaluate each objection. SGNIC will render a decision
in respect of an objection within [30] days under normal circumstances. SGNIC’s
decision on the objection raised in the objection form shall be final and binding.
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6.5 SGNIC will not be responsible for any loss whatsoever caused to the applicants in
relation to the allocation results.
6.6 If there is no objection filed against an allocated domain name, the domain name
shall be activated and allocated to the applicant immediately after the objection
period. If objection is filed against an allocation domain name, the domain name will
be not be activated and allocated to the applicant until SGNIC has rendered a
decision.
6.7 All disputes in relation to second-level domain names (except disputes arising from
the allocation results announced during the Sunrise Period) will be dealt with in
accordance with the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, Rules and
Supplemental Rules (“Dispute Resolution Policy”) referred to in the Registrant
Agreement regardless of when the second-level domain name was registered. All
applicants shall not commence any court proceedings or administrative proceedings
under the Dispute Resolution Policy during the objection period or if the person had
filed an objection with SGNIC.
7. GENERAL LAUNCH
Applications from public on first-come-first-served basis will commenced on 3 Jan 2005.
PROCEDURES TO REGISTER WITH
APPLICATION PROCEDURES
• All submission can be done online at www.ipmirror.com
• All applications will be submitted to SGNIC only upon receipt of the declaration form.
• All declaration form and/or supporting documents can be faxed to .
• All submission done online and receipt of declaration form must reach by 12
noon of 1st November 2004
PAYMENT / REFUND PROCEDURES
• All applications submitted online by corporate clients and resellers will be processed
free of charge. No payment is necessary until the domains are allocated.
• All allocated domains will not be entitled to refund if the applicant decided not to
register the name.

Registration Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
SGNIC RPPG
Version 1.2, 15 September 2004
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Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) Pte Ltd
8 Temasek Boulevard
#14-00 Suntec Tower Three
Singapore 038988
http://www.nic.net.sg
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SGNIC REGISTRATION POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES
1. Introduction
1.1 Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) Private Limited is the
national registry of .sg domain names in Singapore. As the registry, SGNIC
operates and controls the .sg top-level Internet domain name system and
administers the registration of (a) third-level domain names under the
second-levels of .com, .org, .net, .edu, .gov and .per domains; and (b)
second-level domain names under the top-level domain of .sg. (“SLDs”)
SGNIC may introduce other second-level domains under .sg where
appropriate.
1.2 SGNIC formulates and implements policies with regard to .sg domain name
space. SGNIC has the authority and capacity to enter into an agreement
with any entity to manage the registration, maintenance and other operation
of .sg domain names.
2. Accredited Registrar
2.1 SGNIC has accredited a number of registrars1 (“accredited registrars”), for
the registration and other operations such as updates, transfer, removal,
renewal and reinstatement of .sg, .com.sg, .org.sg, .net.sg, .edu.sg, and
.per.sg domain names. A list of SGNIC’s accredited registrars is available
at http://www.nic.net.sg.
2.2 An accredited registrar is responsible for providing registration and other
operations in accordance with SGNIC Registration Policies, Procedures and
Guidelines (RPPG).
3. Appointed Registrar
3.1 SGNIC may appoint a registrar (“appointed registrar”) to register and
maintain certain .sg domain names (e.g. .gov.sg domain names).
3.2 An appointed registrar is required to provide registration and other services
in accordance with the RPPG.
4. Appointment of Resellers/Agents
4.1 Registrars may appoint resellers or agents to provide domain name
registration services through Registrars.
1 The term “Registrar” in this document includes registrars, resellers and agents where appropriate.
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4.2 Registrars shall impose on its resellers/agents the obligations to comply with
provisions of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement and RPPG and other
policies of SGNIC as it may from time to time notify in so far as they are
applicable to the resellers or agents of registrars.
4.3 Registrar shall keep SGNIC informed, on a regular basis, the particulars of
the resellers/agents they appoint.
5. Code of Practice for Registrars
5.1 Industry Conduct
Registrars shall:
(a) operate in good faith and according to the RPPG and other
established standards, practices and rules as may be prescribed by
SGNIC from time to time;
(b) promote confidence of registrants and other users of domain
names;
(c) maintain fair and open competition;
(d) advance the reputation and standing of the domain name industry;
and
(e) uphold the integrity and image of Singapore’s national registry.
5.2 Market Conduct
5.2.1 Registrars shall not register domain names on their own behalf for the
purpose of preventing any legitimate domain name registration.
5.2.2 Registrars shall only register or renew a domain name at the request of a
domain name registrant.
5.2.3 Registrars shall not register or renew domain names in advance of a request
from a registrant for the purpose of restricting a competitor from registering
the domain name on behalf of a registrant, or for the purpose of later
offering the domain name to the registrant.
5.2.4 Registrars shall provide stand-alone registration service. If registrars
provide bundled services to its customer, they must specify the price of
stand-alone registration service.
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5.2.5 Registrars shall not solicit nor represent to any person that the registrar
enjoys access to the registry that is superior to that of any other accredited
registrars.
5.3 Registrant Contact
5.3.1 A registrar must not send out a renewal notice for a specific domain name to
a registrant, or any communication that might reasonably be construed by
the registrant to be a renewal notice, unless the registrar is the registrar of
record for that domain name in the registry database.
5.3.2 Registrars must take reasonable measures to advise the registrant of the need
to renew their domain name at least thirty (30) days prior to the expiry date.
5.4 Registrant Information
Registrars must fully disclose to the registrant the following minimum level
of information:
(a) Identification of the registrar, including:
(i) the legal name of the business and the name under which
the business trades;
(ii) address of the registered office or principal place of
business; and
(iii) email address and other electronic means of contact,
telephone number or facsimile number and website URL.
(b) The terms and conditions of the domain name registration; and
(c) The registrar’s service level agreement, including:
(i) processing time for domain name registrations;
(ii) customer support information; and
(iii) URL link to this RPPG.
5.5 Complaints Handling
5.5.1 A registrar must have in place policies and processes to handle complaints
from registrants. The information should be publicised and should include
customers’ right to complain and how such complaint can be made.
5.5.2 Registrars must deal with complaints within a reasonable timeframe, and
must advise complainant of the outcome of the investigations of the
complaint. Registrars should also keep SGNIC informed of the statistics of
complaints and the outcome of the investigations.
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6. Domain Name Format
6.1 A typical .sg domain name may be in the form sg or
sg, as the case may be.
6.2 The domain name must contain a string of minimum two characters and can
contain maximum sixty-three characters, without the relevant .sg suffix.
6.3 No characters other than a combination of the following may be included in
a domain name registration:
(a) Letters “a” through “z”. The domain names are not case sensitive.
Hence, there will no distinction made between upper case letters
and lower case letters (ie. “A” is treated as “a” and vice versa);
(b) The numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and/or 9; and
(c) The hyphen character, which is the only non-alphanumeric
character allowed in a domain name. However, a hyphen is not
allowed as the beginning or ending character of a domain name,
nor is a hyphen allowed in the third and/or fourth position of a
domain name.
7. Reserved Domain Names
7.1 Names other than .per.sg
7.1.1 The following is a list of domain names which shall not be registered
(“reserved names”):
(a) Names which contain words such as “Temasek”, “Singapore”,
“Singapura”, “Singapore Government” or “President” and
variations thereof or any other words that might suggest a link to
the Government;
(b) Names which contain “SGNIC”, “NIC” and variations thereof;
(c) Names which are or contain words or references which are
obscene, scandalous, indecent or contrary to law or morality (e.g.
“sex” or any connotations with sex or any sex-related activities);
(d) Names which are geographical names or names of countries (e.g.
Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, etc.);
(e) Names (either on their own or in combination with other
characters) of existing generic top-level domain names (gTLDs)
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(i.e. .com, .org, .net, edu, .gov, .per, .aero, .coop, .biz, .info,
.museum, .name and .pro) and any other gTLDs created or to be
created by ICANN in the future;
(f) Names such as “www”, “http”, “https” or “http-www”;
(g) Names which are similar or identical to domain names registered
under other domain name space and which SGNIC deems
undesirable;
(h) Names consisting entirely of numerals; and
(i) Names which in SGNIC’s sole and absolute opinion, are
undesirable or unsuitable for registration.
7.1.2 In general, SGNIC reserves the two-letter country codes listed in ISO 3166
for registration as second and third-level domain names. However, if an
applicant can demonstrate to SGNIC’s satisfaction that the two-letter code
are the same as the acronyms of his products/services or of his
business/company name and that the applicant has been registering the same
name under other domain space, SGNIC will consider the registration of
such names, provided the registration does not contravene any of the
provisions of the Registrant Agreement.
7.2 .per.sg Names
In addition to the reserved names listed under (a) to (i) of paragraph 7.1.1,
other reserved names of .per.sg are set out in Annex 1. SGNIC may reserve
additional names from time to time if such names are deemed undesirable
by SGNIC.
8. Categories and Eligibility Criteria for .SG Domain Names
8.1 Open Domain Names
SGNIC accepts registrations of domain names under the top-level of .sg and
open second-level domain names of com.sg, org.sg, net.sg, edu.sg and
per.sg. The gov.sg is reserved for users in ministries, statutory boards and
government agencies. The eligibility criteria and guidelines are listed below:
8.2 .com.sg – for companies and businesses
8.2.1 An applicant or a registrant (in the event that the application is approved) of
this category is required to submit the application to an SGNIC accredited
registrar.
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8.2.2 An applicant in this category must be a commercial entity and must be
registered with Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)2,
International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore) or any professional
bodies.
8.2.3 An applicant in this category is required to furnish relevant document of the
ACRA or IE Singapore or any other professional body to show that the
entity is registered in Singapore and is currently active.
8.2.4 A commercial entity, which is awaiting a decision from ACRA or IE
Singapore on its application, may apply for the registration of a domain
name by producing the receipt of the ACRA or IE Singapore’s application.
SGNIC may grant probationary approval for such application until the entity
has obtained approval from ACRA or IE Singapore or any other
professional bodies.
8.2.5 An organisational unit (e.g. a division, department, section, etc.) of an
organisation, which has registered a domain name, may apply for its domain
name provided that the organisation confirms in writing with the registrar of
the status of such organisational units.
8.2.6 A foreign applicant may apply for a .com.sg domain name provided that it
appoints a locally registered entity as its Administrative Contact. The
foreign registrant is required to submit to the registrar a duly authorised
letter to confirm the appointment of the locally registered entity.
8.2.7 Government bodies which register their names in the .gov.sg suffix may, if
they deem necessary, register the same name, their acronyms and/or their
service/scheme names in this category.
8.3 .org.sg – for societies, charitable bodies and other organisations not
classified elsewhere
8.3.1 An applicant in this category is required to submit the application to an
SGNIC accredited registrar.
8.3.2 Generally, An applicant in this category should be registered with Registry
of Societies (ROS).
8.3.3 An organisation, which is awaiting a decision from ROS on its application,
may apply for registration of a domain name, by producing the receipt of the
ROS application. SGNIC may grant probationary approval for such
application until the entity has obtained approval from ROS.
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8.3.4 Other applicants, such as community clubs, churches, grassroot
organisations, embassies, etc.
8.3.5 An organisational unit (e.g. a division, department, section, etc.) of an
organisation, which has registered a domain name, may apply for its domain
name provided that the organisation confirms in writing with the registrar of
the status of such organisational units.
8.3.6 Government bodies which register their names in the .gov.sg suffix may, if
they deem necessary, register the same name, their acronyms and/or their
service/scheme names in this category.
8.4 .net.sg – for info-comm operators and network providers
8.4.1 An applicant in this category is required to submit an application to an
SGNIC accredited registrar.
8.4.2 An applicant in this category must be an info-comm operator or a network
provider in Singapore.
8.4.3 An applicant in this category is required to demonstrate to the registrar that
it is operating or providing an info-comm network in Singapore (such as
possessing a valid licence from IDA).
8.4.4 Government bodies which register their names in the .gov.sg suffix may, if
they deem necessary, register the same name, their acronyms and/or their
service/scheme names in this category.
8.5 .edu.sg – for educational institutions
8.5.1 An applicant in this category is required to submit an application to an
SGNIC accredited registrar.
8.5.2 An applicant in this category should be an educational institution registered
with the Ministry of Education (MOE).
8.5.3 Government bodies which register their names in the .gov.sg suffix may, if
they deem necessary, register the same name, their acronyms and/or their
service/scheme names in this category.
8.6 .gov.sg – government departments/agencies
8.6.1 An applicant in this category is required to submit an application to the
registrar appointed by SGNIC for this purpose.
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8.6.2 An applicant in this category is one that forms part of the Government of
Singapore. For example, statutory boards and ministries in Singapore may
apply for this category.
8.6.3 Government bodies which register their names in the .gov.sg suffix may, if
they deem necessary, register the same name, their acronyms and/or their
service/scheme names in other suffixes.
8.7 .per.sg – for individuals
8.7.1 An applicant in this category is required to submit an application to an
SGNIC’s accredited registrar.
8.7.2 An applicant in this category must be a Singapore citizen or permanent
resident aged 21 years and above.
8.7.3 Employment pass and work permit holders are not eligible to apply for a
domain name in the .per.sg suffix.
8.7.4 Parents, guardians or an immediate family member shall apply on behalf of
an applicant which is below 21 years of age, provided that the parent or
guardian or the immediate family member concerned is above 21 years.
8.7.5 In the event the application mentioned in paragraph 8.7.4 is approved, the
domain name and the rights of the use of the domain name must be
transferred to the child once he or she attains the age of 21. No transfer
under any other circumstances is allowed.
8.7.6 There shall be no commercial activities or information displayed on a
.per.sg domain name website.
8.8 .sg – for all
8.8.1 An applicant in this category is required to submit an application to an
SGNIC accredited registrar.
8.8.2 A foreign applicant may apply for a domain name in this category provided
that it appoints a local agent having a valid Singapore postal address as the
Administrative Contact.
8.8.3 The registration of second-level domain names during the Soft Launch
period shall additionally be subject to SGNIC’s Guidelines for Application
of Second-Level Domain Names under the Top-Level Domain of ‘.sg’
("SLG").
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8.8.4 In the event that a provision in the SLG should conflict with the RPPG, the
provision in the SLG shall prevail.
8.9 Verification of Documents by Registrar
Registrars must ensure that the registrant submits all relevant documents for
the registration of the domain name at the time of application. Where
probationary approval on a domain name is granted pending the decision of
other government agencies, registrars must ensure that submission of
documents is made within thirty (30) days of the application.
9. Warranties
9.1 When applying for a .sg, .com.sg, .org.sg, .net.sg, .edu.sg, per.sg, and
.gov.sg, the applicant represents and warrants to the registrar and SGNIC
that the domain name applied for:
(a) does not infringe any registered trademark nor will it give rise to a
cause of action in passing off in Singapore (SGNIC does not offer
trademark check services);
(b) is not identical to or confusingly similar with either a registered
trademark, company or business name in Singapore; or
(c) does not infringe the rights of any third parties in relation to any
applicable treaties or agreements.
9.2 When applying for a .sg, .com.sg, .org.sg, .net.sg, .edu.sg, and .gov.sg, the
registrant also represents and warrants to the registrar and SGNIC that the
domain name applied for is for its own organisational use.
9.3 When applying for a .per.sg domain name, the applicant represents and
warrants to the registrar and SGNIC that the domain name applied for will
not be used in connection with any commercial purpose which includes but
is not limited to the following:
(a) soliciting for advertisers and sponsors;
(b) displaying a sponsorship banner of any kind, including those that
are generated by banner or link exchange services;
(c) displaying banners for services that provide cash or cashequivalent
prizes to users in exchange for hyperlinks to their
websites;
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(d) providing a hyper-link to a commercial site, unless the registrant
receives no individual payment or consideration by providing that
link; or
(e) conducting online promotions and sales of any goods or services to
members of the public; (Freelancers cannot apply for .per.sg
domain name)
When in doubt if the use or the intended use of the .per.sg domain name
constitutes any commercial purpose, the registrar may verify with SGNIC
before accepting the application whose decision shall be final.
9.4 When applying for any .sg domain name or category of the .sg domain
name, the registrant represents to the registrar and warrants that:
(a) the domain name applied for is for his own use or, in the case of
per.sg, for a child of under 21 years for whom he has applied on
behalf for;
(b) it will not allow another party to use the domain name, whether for
profit or otherwise; and
(c) the registration and/or use of the domain name does not infringe
the legal rights of any party in Singapore.
10. WHOIS Database
10.1 SGNIC maintains a public query-based access through a directory look up
system to a searchable database, which contains the information of the
domain name and its contact details.
10.2 The following information is displayed on the WHOIS database:
(a) Domain Name - the complete domain name
(b) Creation Date and the Expiry Date
(c) Status of the Domain Name – the active/deleted/suspended status
(d) Registrant Contact - the registrant organisation name, address,
telephone number and email address.
(e) Registrar Contact - the registrar organisation name, address and
telephone number and email address.
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(f) Administrative Contact - the administrative contact organisation
name, administrative contact person name, organisation address
and telephone number and email address.
(g) Billing Contact - the billing contact organisation name, billing
contact person name, organisation address and telephone number
and email address.
(h) Technical Contact - the technical contact organisation name,
technical contact person name, organisation address and telephone
number and email address.
(i) Nameservers - the primary and secondary hostnames and
corresponding IP addresses
10.3 The information listed in paragraph 10.2 (a) to (i) is mandatory for a domain
name. In the case of .per.sg domain names, the display of the address and
telephone number of the registrant in the WHOIS database is optional.
10.4 The registrar is not entitled to any claim of ownership rights or intellectual
property rights in the registrant data and the WHOIS database.
10.5 The registrant consents to the registrar publishing the registrant’s details,
including but not limited to the registrant’s name, particulars, name server
particulars, activation date and domain name status.
11. Application for Registration of Domain Names
11.1 All applications for the registration of a domain name must be made in the
form and manner prescribed by SGNIC from time to time.
11.2 The applicant is required to submit an online application to the registrar.
11.3 SGNIC may in exceptional cases and at its sole discretion provide
registration or other services relating to a .sg domain name directly to an
applicant or a registrant.
11.4 Registrants in all categories must comply with all policies, rules and
procedures of SGNIC in respect of registration. SGNIC may amend such
policies, rules and procedures from time to time.
11.5 Subject to the SLG, domain name are allocated on a “first-come-firstserved”
basis, provided the information submitted is complete and all
necessary documents are submitted at the time of registration and all
procedures relating to the application have been complied with. A later but
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complete application will have priority over an earlier but incomplete or
non-compliant application.
11.6 The registrant is advised to check SGNIC’s WHOIS database to ascertain
the availability of the domain name he wishes to apply for. A domain name
which is available at the time of search may not necessarily be available at
the time of application. As domain name applications are queued, a name
listed as available at the WHOIS database at the time of a search may be
allocated to an applicant who is ahead in the application queue.
11.7 The registrant must have ready at least two valid operational name servers
for the domain name.
11.8 A registrant may select a registration period of one (1) to two (2) years for
the registration of the domain name.
11.9 Registrars must allow registrants to select and pay for a registration period
of one (1) to two (2) years.
11.10 Domain names can be renewed for maximum of one (1) or two (2) years
provided the expiry date does not exceed 36 months from the renewal date.
12. Rejection of Application or Registration of Domain Names
12.1 The registrant acknowledges that even if the registrar has approved an
application or a registration for a domain name, the domain name may still
be rejected by SGNIC.
12.2 In addition to the reserved names as stated in paragraph 7, SGNIC retains
the ultimate discretion to reject or refuse any .sg domain name sought to be
registered by an applicant. Registrars shall seek SGNIC’s approval when
registering domain names in all suffixes, where the domain name:
(a) is the full or abbreviated name or an acronym of a ministry,
statutory board or government agency of Singapore (or variations
thereof); or
(b) may be contrary to public interest or order, national harmony, or
offend good taste or decency, religious beliefs or any other social
objectives.
12.3 Registrars shall refer to SGNIC when in doubt of registering any domain
names.
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12.4 SGNIC may cancel or suspend a registration, approved by the registrar,
which SGNIC in its sole and absolute discretion determines to not be in
conformity with its policies, procedures and guidelines for registration.
12.5 The registrant agrees that SGNIC shall not be liable to the registrant for any
loss or damages or expenses arising out of SGNIC’s rejection of the
application or registration, or cancellation or suspension of the domain
name.
13. Effects of Registration of Domain Names
13.1 The registrant has the right to use the domain name but not the right to own
it. As such, the registrant does not have the right to sell or transfer the
domain name to any party whether for profit or otherwise.
13.2 SGNIC shall not be involved in any dispute that the registrant may have
with any third party. Any dispute arising from the registration and use of a
domain name shall be determined in accordance with the Singapore Domain
Name Dispute Resolution Policy (SDRP), which is available at
http://www.nic.net.sg.
13.3 Within thirty (30) days of the date the registrar approves the registration of a
domain name, the registrant shall ensure that name servers listed in the
applicant’s form shall be operational, connected to the Internet and shall
respond to queries for the domain name. Non-compliance with such
requirement will render the domain name liable to be deactivated by the
registrar or SGNIC.
14. Modification of Domain Names
14.1 Registrants shall ensure that all information in the registration record for a
domain name is up-to-date, complete and accurate. Any update of
registration information must be done through the registrant’s registrar of
record.
14.2 Registrants may requests registrars to update/modify information relating to
a domain name by providing the necessary documents. Such information
includes changes in the mailing address of a contact or changes in name
server details, but does not include a change of registrant or registrar which
are governed by specific procedures in paragraphs 15 (Change of
Registrant) and 16 (Change of Registrar).
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15. Change (Transfer) of Registrant
15.1 Current Registrant (Transferor Registrant) and New Registrant (Transferee
Applicant) Belong to the Same Registrar
15.1.1 The registrar shall, before initiating the transfer, obtain appropriate
authorisation for the transfer such as:
(a) A bilateral agreement between the parties;
(b) The final determination under the Singapore Domain Name Dispute
Resolution Policy (SDRP); or
(c) A court order.
15.1.2 The transferee applicant must agree to be bound by the Registrant
Agreement in order to apply to have a domain name registration transferred
to it.
15.1.3 The transferee applicant must submit the transfer request to the registrar,
indicating the domain name and the transferor registrant’s password for
verification.
15.1.4 Upon receiving the request from the transferee applicant, the registrar will
send an email to the transferor registrant and notify the transferee applicant.
15.1.5 The transferor registrant is given seven (7) days from the time and date of
the registrar’s email to:
(a) confirm and approve the transfer request; or
(b) reject the transfer request and give the reason for disputing the
authorisation given in paragraph 15.1.1.
15.1.6 Where the transferor registrant does not respond to the transfer request
within the seven (7) days, the request shall be rejected and cancelled by the
registrar.
15.2 Transferor Registrant and Transferee Applicant Belong to Different
Registrar
15.2.1 Both the transferor registrar and the transferee registrar shall, before
initiating the transfer, obtain appropriate authorisation of the transfer such
as:
(a) A bilateral agreement between the parties;
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(b) The final determination under the Singapore Domain Name Dispute
Resolution Policy (SDRP); or
(c) A court order.
15.2.2 The transferor registrar should provide the password of the domain name to
the transferor registrant within three (3) working days. The transferor
registrant shall pass the password to the transferee applicant.
15.2.3 For 15.2.1 (b) and 15.2.1 (c), the transferor registrar should provide the
password of the domain name to the transferee applicant.
15.2.4 The transferee applicant is required to send a transfer request to its registrar
indicating:
(a) the domain name;
(b) the password of the domain name;
(c) the name of the transferor registrant; and
(d) the transferor registrar
15.2.5 Upon receiving the transfer request from the transferee applicant, the
transferee registrar will submit the request to the transferor registrar via the
SgR2R. The transferor registrar shall then notify the transferor registrant.
15.2.6 Upon receiving the transfer request from the transferee registrar, the SgR2R
will:
(a) send an email to both registrars; and
(b) mark the registration in SGNIC’s WHOIS database as pending the
transfer.
15.2.7 The transfer shall be completed if either:
(a) The transferor registrar expressly approves the request, or
(b) No response was received from the transferor registrar within seven
(7) days from the date and time of SgR2R’s notification to the
registrars. In this case, the request shall be taken as validated and
approved. The transferee registrar shall inform all parties concerned.
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15.2.8 The transferor registrant can within seven (7) days expressly reject the
transfer and give the reason for rejecting the transfer.
15.2.9 In the event that both the transferor registrant and transferee applicant agree
to change to a common registrar, the procedures in paragraph 16.1 may be
applied. The transferee applicant may thereafter proceed to initiate the
transfer of the domain name from the transferor registrant in accordance
with paragraph 15.1.
16. Change (Transfer) of Registrar
16.1 At Registrant’s Request
16.1.1 The registrant may change its registrar, provided it continues to fulfil its
obligations under the Agreement with its current (losing) registrar.
16.1.2 To change its registrar of record for a domain name registration, the
registrant must first select a new (winning) registrar accredited by SGNIC.
16.1.3 The losing registrar should issue the password to the registrant within three
(3) working days of registrant’s notice of changing registrar.
16.1.4 The registrant must require the new (winning) registrar to submit a transfer
request to the current (losing) registrar via SgR2R. The registrant should
provide:
(a) the domain name;
(b) the password of the domain name obtained from losing registrar,
(c) the registrant’s contact information; and
(d) the registrant’s Administrative Contact, Billing Contact and
Technical Contact
16.1.5 Registrants are advised to pass the information listed in paragraph 16.1.4 (a)
to (d) to the new (winning) registrar at least seven (7) days before the expiry
date of their domain names.
16.1.6 Upon receiving the transfer request from the winning registrar, SgR2R will:
(a) send an email to both registrars and
(b) mark the registration in SGNIC’s WHOIS database as pending the
transfer.
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16.1.7 Within seven (7) days from the date and time of SgR2R’s email notification
to the registrars, the winning registrar shall obtain express authorisation
from the registrant (as reflected in the database of the losing registrar). The
form of the authorisation is at the discretion of each winning registrar. The
winning registrar shall retain a record of the reliable evidence of the
authorisation.
16.1.8 Within seven (7) days from the date and time of SgR2R’s email notification
to the registrars, the losing registrar may object to the transfer request. It
shall notify the prospective registrar that the request was not accepted and
the reason for the objection. Instances where the requested change of the
winning registrar may be objected include, but are not limited to:
(a) Situations described in the Singapore Domain Name Dispute
Resolution Policy (SDRP).
(b) Pending bankruptcy of the registrant.
(c) Dispute over the identity of the registrant.
16.1.9 The transfer shall be completed if either:
(a) The losing registrar expressly approves the request, or
(b) No response was received from the losing registrar within seven
(7) days from the date and time of SgR2R’s notification to the
registrars. In this case, the request shall be taken as validated and
be approved.
16.1.10 When SGNIC’s database has been updated to reflect the change to the
winning registrar, SgR2R will send an email notification to both registrars.
16.1.11 SGNIC’s approval of the transfer constitutes a representation that the
winning registrar:
(a) has obtained the necessary authorisation from the registrant listed
in the database of the losing registrar; and
(b) will provide the losing registrar a copy of the authorisation, if and
when requested.
16.1.12 The losing registrar may only require the registrant to settle any outstanding
payment in connection with the service provided and shall not prevent the
registrant from moving to another registrar. Any administrative fee, if
levied by the losing registrar for the transfer, shall be subject to SGNIC’s
approval.
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16.2 At Registrar’s Request
16.2.1 A registrar shall transfer the domain name registrations to other SGNIC
accredited registrars within thirty (30) days, if it ceases to be an accredited
registrar due to suspension or termination of accreditation status.
16.2.2 Under these circumstances, the registrar shall immediately give notice to its
registrants to inform them of the status. The registrar shall cooperate with
and render whatever assistance that is required by other accredited registrars
to ensure that they take over its registrants who have not changed to a
registrar of their choice.
16.2.3 SGNIC may also post notice of such suspension or termination on its
website and where appropriate, give notice to the registrants of the registrar
concerned.
16.2.4 Each registrant shall be responsible for changing its registrar of record to a
new SGNIC accredited registrar within thirty (30) days of the earlier notice
given to the registrant by either the registrar or SGNIC; provided, however,
that if any of the registrant’s domain name registration(s) is scheduled to
expire within thirty (30) days of the given notice, the registrant shall have
additional thirty (30) days to transfer to a new registrar.
16.2.5 The registrant shall inform SGNIC of the new registrar it is transferring its
domain name registration(s) to. SGNIC will approve the transfer.
16.2.6 The out-going registrar shall not charge the registrant any fee for the
transfer of the registered domain name to another registrar.
17 Transfer of Accredited Registrar to a New or Different Entity
17.1 An accredited registrar shall seek prior written approval from SGNIC
pursuant to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement before it can transfer its
accreditation to a new or different entity.
17.2 In any event, such new or different entity, if it is not already an accredited
registrar of SGNIC, shall apply to SGNIC for the accreditation as SGNIC
registrar.
18. Suspension and Deletion of Domain Names
18.1 A domain name may be suspended or deleted by the registrar or SGNIC if
the registrant has breached any of the SGNIC’s guidelines or agreements it
has entered into with the registrar and/or SGNIC.
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18.2 SGNIC shall delete a domain name if it receives notice from any
government or regulatory authority (including without limitation the Police)
that the website referenced by the domain name is in breach of any laws,
directives, guidelines, codes of practice or regulations issued by any
government or regulatory authority, or is otherwise used for or in
connection with illegal activities.
19. Registrar’s Obligations
A registrar shall procure that each registrant acknowledges and agrees that,
in no event shall the registrant pursue any claim against SGNIC, and in no
event shall SGNIC be liable for any loss, damage or expense (including,
without limitation, any direct, special, indirect, incidental, exemplary,
punitive, statutory and/or consequential damages, or for economic loss or
damages resulting from loss of use, lost profits, lost business revenue or
third party damages) arising from or in connection with any breach by the
registrar of its obligations under any agreement between the registrar and
the registrant or the Registrar Accreditation Agreement between SGNIC and
the registrar.
20. Dispute Resolution
20.1 Registrants of domain names with SGNIC are subject to the policy and
procedures of the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
(SDRP).
20.2 SGNIC and registrars shall implement a decision of an Administrative Panel
established under the SDRP in accordance with the SDRP.
21. Fees
21.1 The fees and charges related to the accreditation of registrars and
registration of domain names with SGNIC are shown in Annex 2. All fees
and charges are exclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
21.2 Charges relating to a new domain registration may be refunded to the
registrar if the registration is deleted within a seven (7) day grace period.
21.3 SGNIC reserves the right to introduce additional charges or amend its fees
and charges from time to time by giving thirty (30) days’ email notification
to the registrars and by posting the changes on SGNIC website thirty (30)
days before they are effected.
21.4 All fees and charges in connection with the registration of a domain name
shall be payable by the registrar thereof to SGNIC. Unless otherwise
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specified by SGNIC, the fees shall be charged to the registrar’s balance in
the SGNIC Deposit Account.
22. Technical Requirements for Registrar Accreditation
22.1 SGNIC has developed a standard application interface based on XML
(Extensible Provisioning Protocol) to enable registrars to perform
registrations, modifications, registrant transfers, registrar transfers and
topping up of accounts held with SGNIC.
22.2 An accredited registrar is required to comply with the following technical
requirements to enable communication with the SGNIC registry system
(SgR2R):
(a) IP address of the machine that the registrar will use to
communicate with the SgR2R;
(b) SSL certificate from SGNIC;
(c) Ability to utilise SSL in EPP communications;
(d) PERL;
(e) Provision for protecting customers information relating to domain
name registrations and for ensuring data integrity;
(f) Provision of scalable system architecture to scale according to the
predicted growth of the registrar; and
(g) Provision of data archival and retrieval systems to protect against
loss of data.
22.3 Before an accredited registrar is allowed access to SgR2R, it is required to:
(a) Successfully complete a test run without any error with SGNIC
administrators as stipulated in SGNIC’s testing procedures;
(b) Register its website URL with SGNIC for SGNIC to display its
accredited registrar links; and
(c) Provide SGNIC with Super User Contact, Administrative Contact,
Billing Contact and Technical Contact.
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23 General Terms
23.1 SGNIC shall have the right to amend the Registrant Agreement, the RPPG
and the SLG from time to time upon thirty (30) days’ notice of these
amendments by posting the same on SGNIC website at
http://www.nic.net.sg.The Registrant Agreement, RPPG and SLG (as the
case may be) shall be deemed amended upon the expiry of such notice
period and shall be binding and effective as against the registrars and
registrants.
23.2 SGNIC’s agreements with the registrant and registrars are governed by and
interpreted in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Singapore.
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Annex 1
RESERVED NAMES OF .PER.SG DOMAIN
Names Adopted by ICANN Names of National Characters
Sg.per.sg
sgnic.per.sg
www.per.sg
per.per.sg
com.per.sg
org.per.sg
net.per.sg
gov.per.sg
edu.per.sg
int.per.sg
mil.per.sg
nic.per.sg
govt.per.sg
government.per.sg
singa-pore.per.sg
singapura.per.sg
singapore.per.sg
temasek.per.sg
Position and Connation of Parliament Postings
president.per.sg
primeminister.per.sg
seniorminister.per.sg
deputyprimeminister.per.sg
ministerforfinance.per.sg
ministerfordefence.per.sg
ministerforlaw.per.sg
ministerforforeignaffairs.per.sg
ministerforinformationandthearts.per.sg
ministerfortheenvironment.per.sg
ministerforhomeaffairs.per.sg
ministerforcommsandIT.per.sg
ministerfortradeandindustry.per.sg
ministerformanpower.per.sg
ministerfornationaldevelopment.per.sg
ministerwithoutportfolio.per.sg
ministerforhealth.per.sg
ministerforcommunitydevelopment.per.sg
minister-in-chargeofmuslimaffairs.per.sg
ministerforeducation.per.sg
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Common Surnames
A C E F
ang.per.sg
au.per.sg
aw.per.sg
chai.per.sg
chan.per.sg
chang.per.sg
cheah.per.sg
chee.per.sg
chen.per.sg
cheng.per.sg
cheong.per.sg
chew.per.sg
chia.per.sg
chiam.per.sg
chiang.per.sg
chin.per.sg
ching.per.sg
chng.per.sg
chong.per.sg
choo.per.sg
choong.per.sg
chow.per.sg
choy.per.sg
chu.per.sg
chua.per.sg
chung.per.sg
ee.per.sg
eng.per.sg
fong.per.sg
foo.per.sg
G H K L
gan.per.sg
goh.per.sg
han.per.sg
heng.per.sg
ho.per.sg
hong.per.sg
huang.per.sg
kang.per.sg
kaur.per.sg
kee.per.sg
khoo.per.sg
koh.per.sg
kok.per.sg
kong.per.sg
koo.per.sg
kwan.per.sg
kwek.per.sg
kwok.per.sg
lai.per.sg
lam.per.sg
lau.per.sg
law.per.sg
lee.per.sg
leong.per.sg
leow.per.sg
lew.per.sg
li.per.sg
liew.per.sg
lim.per.sg
lin.per.sg
ling.per.sg
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liu.per.sg
lo.per.sg
loh.per.sg
loke.per.sg
loo.per.sg
low.per.sg
lum.per.sg
M N O P
mah.per.sg
mak.per.sg
mok.per.sg
neo.per.sg
ng.per.sg
oh.per.sg
ong.per.sg
ooi.per.sg
ow.per.sg
pang.per.sg
peh.per.sg
phang.per.sg
phua.per.sg
png.per.sg
poh.per.sg
poon.per.sg
Q S T W
quah.per.sg
quek.per.sg
seah.per.sg
see.per.sg
seet.per.sg
seow.per.sg
sia.per.sg
siew.per.sg
sim.per.sg
singh.per.sg
sng.per.sg
soh.per.sg
song.per.sg
soo.per.sg
soon.per.sg
tan.per.sg
tang.per.sg
tay.per.sg
tee.per.sg
teh.per.sg
teng.per.sg
teo.per.sg
tham.per.sg
ting.per.sg
toh.per.sg
tong.per.sg
wan.per.sg
wang.per.sg
wee.per.sg
wong.per.sg
woo.per.sg
woon.per.sg
wu.per.sg
Y Z
yang.per.sg
yap.per.sg
yee.per.sg
yeo.per.sg
yew.per.sg
yip.per.sg
yong.per.sg
zhang.per.sg
zheng.per.sg
zhao.per.sg
zhu.per.sg
zhan.per.sg
zhong.per.sg
zhuang.per.sg
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15 September 2004
Domain Name Registration Agreement
Preamble
1. Who SGNIC is. Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) Private Limited
("SGNIC") is the national registry of .sg domain names in Singapore. As the registry,
SGNIC operates and controls the .sg top-level Internet domain name system and
administers the registration of second-level domain names under the top-level domain
of .sg, third-level domain names under the second-levels of .com.sg, .net.sg, .org.sg,
.edu.sg, .gov.sg, .per.sg and other domains which SGNIC may from time to time
introduce or recognise in Singapore. SGNIC has appointed and accredited a number
of registrars for the applications for the registration of domain names and its related
services in Singapore.
2. This Agreement. This Agreement and the Registration Policies, Procedures and
Guidelines ("RPPG") set forth the terms and conditions which govern the
registration of a domain name between SGNIC and the applicant (as defined in
Clause 3 below). Applications for second-level domain names under the top-level
domain of .sg during the (15) weeks preceding the general launch of such domain
names ("Soft Launch Period") are, in addition, governed by SGNIC's Guidelines for
Application of Second-level Domain Names under the Top-Level Domain of ".sg"
During Soft Launch Period ("SLG"). If you are applying to register such domain
names during the Soft Launch Period, please refer to the SLG at URL
http://www.nic.net.sg.
Application
3. Form. All applications for the registration of a domain name shall be made in the
form and manner as may be prescribed by SGNIC from time to time. Each
application shall be for the registration of one (1) domain name. The applicant
("Applicant", or the "Registrant" in the event that the application is approved by
SGNIC) is responsible for the selection of the domain name under the top-level
domain of .sg and/or the appropriate second-level domain category as the case may
be, in which registration of the desired domain name is sought.
4. Registrar. The Registrant acknowledges and agrees that applications for the
registration of domain names in Singapore and its related services shall be made only
by the Registrant through a registrar accredited or appointed by SGNIC (“Registrar”)
on behalf of the Registrant in accordance with the RPPG and the SLG (as applicable)
as amended and supplemented by SGNIC from time to time set forth at SGNIC's
website. In exceptional circumstances, SGNIC may in its sole discretion decide to
process the application for registration of a domain name directly from the Applicant
or Registrant, as the case may be. Therefore, the provisions in this Agreement, where
appropriate, have provided that either SGNIC or the Registrant’s Registrar, as the
case may be, will be the relevant party referred to in the provisions contained herein.
5. Appropriate Second-Level Domain Categories. When selecting the second-level
domain category, the Applicant shall observe the following selection criteria:
5.1 .COM.SG - for companies and businesses
.COM.SG: This category is for commercial entities which are either
registered or are about to be registered with the Accounting and Corporate
Regulatory Authority (ACRA), IE Singapore or any professional bodies. A
foreign company, which is not so registered, may only apply for such a
2
domain name if it appoints a locally registered entity as its administrative
contact. The foreign Registrant is required to submit a duly authorised letter
to confirm the appointment of the locally registered entity. Government
bodies which register their names in the .gov.sg suffix may, if they deem
necessary, register the same name, their acronyms and/or their
service/scheme names in this category.
5.2 .NET.SG - for network providers
.NET.SG: This category is for info-comm operators or network providers in
Singapore. Applicants for names under this category must be info-comm
operators or network providers in Singapore (for example, those possessing a
valid licence issued by the Info-Communications Development Authority
(“IDA”)). An approved list of IDA licenses is available on SGNIC webpage
under ‘‘.SG DOMAINS’’. Government bodies which register their names in
the .gov.sg suffix may, if they deem necessary, register the same name, their
acronyms and/or their service/scheme names in this category.
5.3 .ORG.SG - primarily for societies or charitable bodies
.ORG.SG: This category is for applicants which are either registered or are
about to be registered with the Registry of Societies (e.g. community clubs,
churches, organisations, embassies and any other organisations not classified
elsewhere). Government bodies which register their names in the .gov.sg
suffix may, if they deem necessary, register the same name, their acronyms
and/or their service/scheme names in this category.
5.4 .EDU.SG – for use by schools and institutions
.EDU.SG: This category is for educational institutions registered with or are
about to be registered with the Ministry of Education, Singapore ("MOE").
Primary and secondary government schools are to obtain 4th level-domain
names (eg. moe.edu.sg) from MOE directly. Government bodies which
register their names in the .gov.sg suffix may, if they deem necessary, register
the same name, their acronyms and/or their service/scheme names in this
category.
5.5 .GOV.SG – for use by Government bodies
.GOV.SG: This category is for entities which form part of the Government of
Singapore.
5.6 .PER.SG – for natural persons
.PER.SG: This category is for natural persons. Applicants making an
application for registration must satisfy any of the following selection
criteria:
(a) Only Singapore citizens and permanent residents aged 21 years and
above can apply for a .per.sg domain name. Employment pass and
work permit holders are not eligible.
(b) Parents, guardians or an immediate family member must apply on
behalf of a child who is below the age of 21 years PROVIDED
ALWAYS that the child and the parent/guardian/immediate family
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member concerned are Singapore citizens or Singapore permanent
residents. In the event that an application is approved, the domain
name and the rights of use of the domain name must be transferred to
the child, once he or she attains the age of 21. No transfer under any
circumstances is allowed.
6. Second-Level Domain Name Under Top-Level. All individuals and entities are
eligible to apply for any second-level domain name under .sg. Applicants which are
not resident in Singapore, however, must appoint a local agent having a valid
Singapore postal address as the Administrative Contact for the domain name, who
shall also be authorized to receive all communications from SGNIC relating to the
application. Applicants must in submitting their applications also abide by and
observe the RPPG and, if the application is made during the Soft Launch Period, the
SLG.
7. Proof of Qualification. Upon SGNIC’s or the Registrant’s Registrar’s (in the case of a
Registrant applying for registration of a domain name through a Registrar) request,
the Applicant shall furnish SGNIC or the Registrant’s Registrar, as the case may be,
with documentary proof that the Applicant qualifies to have the domain name
registered in the second-level domain category selected by the Applicant. Save for
.per.sg domain name, in the event that the Applicant was at the time of application not
registered with either the ACRA or Registry of Societies or other professional bodies,
evidence of the Applicant’s registration at the aforementioned registries shall be
provided by the Applicant within thirty (30) days of the application. Where such
evidence is not provided, SGNIC or the Registrant’s Registrar (in the case of a
Registrant applying for registration of a domain name through a Registrar) reserves
the right to revoke the registration of the domain name. This Clause 7 shall not apply
to applications for second-level domain names under the top-level domain of .sg.
8. Warranties. The Applicant represents, warrants and undertakes to SGNIC that at the
time of the application for the domain name, and at all times thereafter:
8.1 the domain name applied for (i) does not infringe any registered trade mark in
Singapore nor will it give rise to a cause of action in passing off nor any other
claim referred to in Clause 26 hereof; (ii) is not identical to or confusingly
similar with either a registered trade mark, company or business name in
Singapore; and (iii) does not infringe the rights of any third parties in relation
to any applicable treaties or international agreements;
8.2 the domain name applied for is for its own organisational use only and in the
case of a .per.sg domain name, he and/or his immediate family members
intend to use the domain name;
8.3 such use shall only be for its/his own benefit and shall be for lawful purposes.
In the case of a .per.sg domain name, the use of the domain name shall be for
non-commercial purposes, unless with the approval of SGNIC. For the
purpose of this Agreement "commercial use" which is prohibited includes,
but is not limited to, the following activities:
(a) Soliciting for advertisers and sponsors;
(b) Displaying a sponsorship banner of any kind, including those that are
generated by banner or link exchange services;
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(c) Displaying banners for services that provide cash or cash-equivalent
prizes to users in exchange for hyperlinks to their websites;
(d) Providing a hyper-link to a commercial site, unless the Registrant
receives no individual payment or consideration by providing that
link; or
(e) Conducting online promotions and sales of any goods or services to
members of the public.
PROVIDED ALWAYS that a Registrant who has doubts as to whether his
use or intended use of a domain name amounts to a commercial use contrary
to Clause 8 herein may write to SGNIC or to its Registrar (in the case of a
Registrant applying for registration of a domain name through a Registrar)
for approval and where such approval for commercial use is granted by
SGNIC or granted by SGNIC through the Registrar, SGNIC shall have the
right to impose conditions as it deems fit on such approval such as, without
limitation, charging the Registrant the same fee it charges for .com.sg or any
other second-level domain categories of .sg;
8.4 it will not allow another party to use the domain name, whether for profit or
otherwise and will not deal with the domain name in any manner whatsoever;
8.5 registration or use of the domain name does not and will not interfere with the
legal rights of any other party in Singapore;
8.6 in particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, where
the Registrant has registered a second-level domain name under the top-level
domain of .sg, the Registrant will not, whether directly or indirectly, and
whether for profit or otherwise, without the prior written consent of SGNIC
create, operate, lend, lease, license, register, assign, transfer or otherwise deal
in any sub-domains or otherwise permit the use thereof by, on behalf of, or
for the benefit of any third party; and
8.7 all information contained in the application form and furnished to SGNIC or
through its Registrar (in the case of a Registrant applying for registration of a
domain name through a Registrar) to SGNIC is to the best of the Applicant’s
knowledge true and accurate in every detail.
Registration
9. Third-Level Domain Names First-Come, First-Served. Subject to any provisions
contained herein as well as in the RRPG, SGNIC shall register third-level domain
names that the Applicant applies for whether through a Registrar or directly with
SGNIC on a "first-come, first-served" basis PROVIDED that the Applicant agrees
and understands at all times that a domain name which may at first be available from
a SGNIC WHOIS search, may not necessarily be available at the point of application
or registration.
10. Second-level Domain Names First-Come, First-Served. Subject to the SLG governing
the application of second-level domain names during the Soft Launch Period and any
provisions contained herein as well as in the RRPG, SGNIC shall register secondlevel
domain names that the Applicant applies for whether through a Registrar or
directly with SGNIC on a "first-come, first-served" basis PROVIDED that the
Applicant agrees and understands at all times that a domain name which may at first
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be available from a SGNIC WHOIS search, may not necessarily be available at the
point of application or registration.
11. Reliance. SGNIC relies on all representations made and/or warranties given by the
Applicant in determining if the application should be approved.
12. Restrictions. Domain names which:
12.1 contain certain words such as "Temasek", "Singapore", "Singapura",
"Singapore Government" or "President" and variations thereof or any other
words that might suggest a link to the Government;
12.2 contain "SGNIC", "NIC" and variations thereof;
12.3 are or contain words or references which are obscene, scandalous, indecent,
contrary to law or morality (e.g. “sex” or any connotations with sex or any
sex-related activities);
12.4 are geographical names or names of countries (e.g. Singapore, Malaysia,
Japan, etc.);
12.5 are names (either on their own or in combination with other characters) of
existing generic top-level domain name (gTLDs) (i.e. .com, .org, .net, .edu,
.gov, .per, .aero, .coop, .biz, .info, .museum, .name and .pro) and any other
gTLDs created or to be created by ICANN in the future;
12.6 are names such as "www", "http", "https" or "http-www";
12.7 are similar or identical to domain names registered under other domain name
space and which SGNIC deems undesirable;
12.8 are set out in the RPPG to be reserved names of .per.sg;
12.9 consisting entirely of numerals; or
12.10 in SGNIC’s sole and absolute opinion, are undesirable or unsuitable for
registration,
shall not be registrable.
13. Discretion of SGNIC. Without prejudice to the provisions of Clause 12 above,
SGNIC (on its own or through a Registrar) reserves the right not to register the
domain name selected by the Applicant or to register that domain name selected by
the Applicant. SGNIC is not obliged to provide the Applicant with any reason or
ground for its refusal to register the domain name as applied for by the Applicant but
upon the Applicant’s request and in its absolute discretion, SGNIC may inform the
Applicant of the reasons or grounds.
14. Operational Name Service. At the time of application, the Applicant is required to
have ready a valid operational name service from at least two operational domain
name servers for that domain name. Each domain name server must be capable of
being connected to the Internet and capable of receiving queries for the domain name
and responding thereto.
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15. SGNIC may Decline. Notwithstanding that an Applicant has complied with all the
provisions of this Agreement and/or procedures for applying for the registration of a
domain name, SGNIC may decline to accept the application for registration made by
an Applicant who has in the past registered and transferred a number of registrations
or at the time of application, is indebted to SGNIC. In the event that SGNIC decides
to accept an application from such an Applicant, SGNIC reserves the right to impose
such other conditions in respect of that application/registration as SGNIC in its
absolute discretion may deem fit. Further, notwithstanding that SGNIC has accepted
the application for registration made by an Applicant, SGNIC may subsequently
withdraw its acceptance of the application without furnishing any reasons or grounds
for its withdrawal.
16. Change of Registrar. The Registrant may change its Registrant's Registrar with
respect to a domain name registration at any time in accordance with this Agreement;
provided that if the Registrant changes its Registrar it will continue to be bound by its
obligations under its agreement with its original Registrar in accordance with such
agreement. In the event that a Registrant's Registrar is no longer a Registrar, has had
its accreditation or appointment as a Registrar suspended, revoked or terminated, or in
the event the agreement between SGNIC and the Registrant's Registrar ("Registrar
Accreditation Agreement") is terminated or expires, the Registrant shall be
responsible for changing such Registrant's Registrar to a new Registrar in accordance
with this Agreement within thirty (30) days of the earlier of notice thereof being
given to the Registrant by (i) the Registrant's Registrar or (ii) SGNIC in accordance
with SGNIC's then current RPPG available at its website provided, however, if any of
the Registrant's domain name registrations is scheduled to expire within thirty (30)
days of the giving of such notice, then the Registrant shall have an additional thirty
(30) days from the anniversary date of such registration to register with a new
Registrar. If the Registrant wishes to renew such domain name registration, the
Registrant will be required to do so through its new Registrant's Registrar in
accordance with this Agreement.
Effects of Registration
17. Right to Use. Subject to the Registrant complying with the provisions in this
Agreement and in the absence of any other factors:
17.1 except for .per.sg domain name, the Registrant shall have the right to use but
not own the domain name as the Registrant’s address on the Internet save as
provided for under Clause 24 herein, the Registrant shall not have any right to
sell, trade, assign or otherwise transfer the domain name to any other party.
17.2 with respect to .per.sg domain names, the Registrant shall have the nontransferable
(subject to Clause 24.2 herein) right to use but not own the
domain name as the Registrant’s address on the Internet. Further, registration
does not confer upon the Registrant any legal, equitable or other proprietary
right to use an identical, similar or phonetically equivalent name in another
domain category or any other context whatsoever.
18. Legal Proceedings. The Registrant agrees and acknowledges that by registering a
domain name, SGNIC has not made any determination, nor is it capable of making
such determination, with respect to the legality of the domain name registration or
otherwise evaluate whether that registration or use of the domain name may infringe
upon any rights of a third party. As a consequence, the Registrant further agrees that
it shall not use the fact that the domain name has been registered by SGNIC as a
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defence in any legal proceedings brought against the Registrant by any third party
in connection with the Registrant’s registration and/or use of the domain name.
19. Activation Date and Consent to Publication. The day on which the Registrant receives
the notification of approval of domain name from SGNIC directly or through a
Registrar, as the case may be, shall be construed and deemed as the activation date
(“Activation Date”) for that domain name. Within thirty (30) days of the Activation
Date, the name servers listed in the application form (and referred to in Clause 14
above) shall be operational, connected to the Internet, answer to queries for the
domain name and respond to any such queries accordingly. Further, the e-mail
address listed in the delegated domain’s start of authority record must be a current
and valid address for one or more contacts responsible for and knowledgeable about
the domain and its operation. The Registrant consents to SGNIC publishing the
Registrant’s details, including but not limited to the Registrant’s name, the
administrative contact's particulars and the domain name’s Activation Date.
Publication may take place in any form or media so deemed fit by SGNIC. In cases
where SGNIC accepts applications for registration from the Registrant, the Registrant
agrees to inform SGNIC or the Registrant’s Registrar (in the case of a Registrant
applying for registration of a domain name through a Registrar) of any changes,
amendments or corrections in the information furnished by the Registrant to SGNIC
or the Registrant’s Registrar (in the case of a Registrant applying for registration of a
domain name through a Registrar) in the application form as soon as such changes,
amendments or corrections occur.
20. SGNIC Not An Arbiter. Nothing in this Agreement shall oblige SGNIC to act as
arbiter between the Registrant and third parties in respect of any disputes arising out
of the registration or use of the domain name. The Registrant agrees that this
Agreement does not confer any rights, procedural or substantive, upon the Registrant
and also acknowledges that third parties are not bound by the provisions of this
Agreement.
Removal and Transfer of Domain Names
21. Domain Name May Be Deleted. The domain name may be deleted from SGNIC’s
database:
21.1 upon the written request of the Registrant which shall be signed by the
Registrant, its authorised representative (upon written proof of authorisation)
or the administrative contact;
21.2 by SGNIC if all fees payable by the Registrant’s Registrar or the Registrant
(in the case of a Registrant applying for registration of a domain name
directly with SGNIC) for the domain name are not received by SGNIC as and
when they fall due;
21.3 by SGNIC in the event that:
(a) the Registrant has breached any of the terms contained herein (other
than not paying the fees mentioned in Clause 21.2 above);
(b) SGNIC is ordered by a court of law in Singapore to delete the
registration;
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(c) in SGNIC’s determination, that the continued entry of the domain
name on the database would be wrongful or where fraud had been
committed in the registration process for the domain name;
(d) the name servers listed in the application are not fully set up,
operational and connected to the Internet within thirty (30) days of
the Activation Date or that the said name servers persistently do not
respond to any queries for the domain name;
(e) SGNIC receives a decision of an Administrative Panel requiring such
deletion in any administrative proceeding to which the Registrant was
a party and which was conducted under the Dispute Resolution Policy
as referred to in Clause 31 of this Agreement;
(f) SGNIC receives notice from any government or regulatory authority
(including without limitation the Police) that the website referenced
by the domain name is in breach of any laws, directives, guidelines,
codes of practice or regulations issued by any government or
regulatory authority, or is otherwise used for or in connection with
illegal activities;
(g) in SGNIC’s sole and absolute opinion, the contents of the website
referenced by the domain name are undesirable; or
(h) in the case of second-level domain names under the top-level domain
of .sg, the domain name is designated by ICANN for use as a gTLD.
Once the domain name has been deleted under Clauses 21.1 or 21.3, this
Agreement shall be deemed to have been terminated.
22. Notification to Remedy Breaches. In relation to the provisions of Clauses 21.3(a),
(c), (d) and (h), SGNIC shall on its own or through the Registrant’s Registrar, as the
case may be, provide a written notice, describing the breach, to the Registrant. If,
within thirty (30) days of the date of sending such notice, the Registrant fails to
provide evidence, which is reasonably satisfactory to SGNIC or the Registrant’s
Registrar, as the case may be, that it has not breached its obligations or that such
breach has been remedied, then SGNIC may revoke the Registrant's registration of
the domain name. Any such breach by the Registrant shall not be deemed to have
been excused simply because SGNIC or the Registrant’s Registrar, as the case may
be, did not act earlier in response to that, or any other, breach by the Registrant. For
the avoidance of doubt, no such notification shall be provided in relation to the
subject matter of Clauses 21.3(b), (e), (f) and (g).
23. Restoration and Release of Deleted Domain Names for Re-use.
23.1 Domain names deleted for non-payment of fees under Clause 21.2 will
become available for re-use after a thirty (30) days “hold” period. SGNIC
shall not register the deleted domain names in the name of any other party
during this "hold" period and the Registrant may make an application to its
Registrar during the "hold" period to reinstate such domain names upon
paying a reinstatement fee (as advised by its Registrar) ("Reinstatement
Fee").
23.2 Subject to the domain name being still available and the payment of the
Reinstatement Fee, the Registrant may make an application to reinstate the
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domain names deleted for non-payment of fee under Clause 21.2 within thirty
(30) days from deletion.
23.3 SGNIC shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, re-activate a domain name
after it receives all payments which are due and owing from the Registrant’s
Registrar or the Registrant (in the case of a Registrant applying for
registration of a domain name directly with SGNIC) together with the
Reinstatement Fee.
Where no reinstatement is made, this Agreement is deemed to be terminated with
effect from the date of the deletion. Any application by the Registrant to reinstate the
registration of the domain name after the "hold" period shall be treated as a fresh
application.
24. Transfer of Domain Name.
24.1 The right to use a domain name which has been registered in the name of the
Registrant (except for .per.sg domain names) may, subject to SGNIC's
approval, be transferred to another party in accordance with the terms and
conditions set out in the RPPG.
24.2 The right to use the .per.sg domain name which has been registered in the
name of the Registrant shall not be transferred or assigned to any third party
and any attempt by the Registrant to assign or transfer the same shall render
this Agreement voidable at SGNIC’s option, whereupon the Registrant’s
domain name shall be deleted from SGNIC’s database save that the domain
name registered in the name of the parent/guardian/immediate family
member referred to in Clause 5.6(b) above may, subject to SGNIC's approval,
be transferred to the child upon his attainment of 21 years of age in
accordance with the terms and conditions set out in the RPPG.
Notwithstanding that the aforesaid has been complied with, SGNIC may
decline to grant approval for the transfer. For the purposes of this Agreement,
the effective date of the domain name upon transfer shall be the date on
which the approval of such transfer is granted by SGNIC.
24.3 The right to use the domain name which has been registered in the name of
the Registrant and/or (in the case of .per.sg) in the name of the
parent/guardian/immediate family member referred to in Clause 5.6(b) above
may be transferred by SGNIC to another party without the consent of the
Registrant if SGNIC receives a decision of an Administrative Panel requiring
such transfer in any administrative proceeding to which the Registrant was a
party and which was conducted under the Dispute Resolution Policy of this
Agreement or is required by an order of court to do so.
Dispute Resolution
25. SGNIC Not to Be a Party to Any Disputes. SGNIC shall not be a party to any dispute
between (i) a Registrant and any Registrar; and (ii) a Registrant and its third parties
("Claimants") in connection with the Registrant's registration and/or use of a domain
name.
26. Procedure. The Registrant acknowledges that SGNIC may be presented with
information alleging that a domain name registered by the Registrant or its use
violates the legal rights of a Claimant. Such information may include, but is not
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limited to, evidence that the domain name (but excluding the second-level domain
category indicator i.e., not including the .COM, .ORG, .NET, .PER, .GOV and .EDU
portion of the domain name) gives rise to a cause of action defined in the Trade
Marks Act (Cap 332) or that the domain name infringes upon any copyright owned by
the Claimant or that the domain name is identical or similar to the Claimant's name or
that by the use of the domain name, the Registrant has passed off the Registrant's
goods/services as those of the Claimant. The following procedure would be adopted
by SGNIC in the event that a Claimant challenges or in any way disputes the rights
accorded to a Registrant over a domain name:
26.1 if so requested by the Claimant, SGNIC may furnish such published
information concerning the Registrant which SGNIC has in its possession;
26.2 before providing the Claimant with the information enumerated in Clause
26.1 above, SGNIC may enter into any agreement which it deems fit with the
Claimant;
26.3 where permissible, SGNIC shall inform the Registrant that the Claimant has
made enquiries of SGNIC and provide the Registrant with a copy of SGNIC's
response to such enquiries.
If there is any dispute between the Registrant and a Registrar, the Registrant shall
settle such dispute with such Registrar directly without involving SGNIC. SGNIC
may in its sole discretion choose to be involved in such dispute in such manner as it
deems fit.
27. Singapore Courts to Adjudicate. The Registrant acknowledges and agrees that any
dispute over the registration and use of the domain name, unless resolved by
alternative dispute resolution methods (including, but not limited to the Dispute
Resolution Policy), should be adjudicated upon by the Singapore courts.
28. Effects of SGNIC Not Being Named a Party to Any Proceedings. Where the
Registrant commences legal proceedings related to or in connection with the
registration and use of the domain name against the Claimant and/or any Registrar in
any court of competent jurisdiction in Singapore and does not name SGNIC as a party
to the proceedings, SGNIC shall allow the domain name to continue being
operational. Further, the Registrant shall upon SGNIC's request promptly provide
copies of any and all pleadings filed in the proceedings to SGNIC.
29. Suspension if SGNIC is Party to Litigation. If SGNIC is named as a party to any legal
proceedings commenced by either the Registrant or any Registrar or Claimant,
SGNIC may suspend the operational status of the domain name until the conclusion
of the legal proceedings. If so named, SGNIC reserves the right to raise any and all
defences deemed appropriate.
30. SGNIC to Abide By All Court Orders. In any legal proceedings, whether commenced
by the Registrant or any Registrar or Claimant and whether or not named as a party to
the proceedings, SGNIC will immediately abide by all temporary or final court orders
directed at SGNIC.
31. Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution, Rules and Supplemental Rules. By
registering a domain name with SGNIC, the Registrant hereby agrees to be bound by
the terms and conditions of the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy,
Rules and Supplemental Rules ("Dispute Resolution Policy") that are incorporated
herein and made a part of this Agreement by reference. The current version of the
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Dispute Resolution Policy may be located on the Internet at the URL
http://www.nic.net.sg, subject at all times to the following:
31.1 The Registrant agrees that the Dispute Resolution Policy may be modified
from time to time. SGNIC shall post any revisions on the Internet at the URL
http://www.nic.net.sg at least thirty (30) days before it becomes effective.
The Registrant further agrees that, by maintaining the reservation or
registration of his domain name after modification to the Dispute Resolution
Policy becomes effective, the Registrant shall be deemed to have agreed to
the said modifications. The Registrant acknowledges that if he does not
agree to any such modification, the Registrant may terminate this Agreement.
In such event, SGNIC or the Registrant’s Registrar (in the case of a
Registrant applying for registration of a domain name through a Registrar)
will not refund any fees already paid by the Registrant up to and including the
date of termination of this Agreement.
31.2 If SGNIC is notified that a complaint has been filed by a third party under the
Dispute Resolution Policy regarding the Registrant's use of SGNIC's
registration services, the Registrant agrees not to make any changes to his
details of registration without the prior written approval of SGNIC or the
Registrant’s Registrar (in the case of a Registrant applying for registration of
a domain name through a Registrar). SGNIC may not allow such changes to
be made unless (i) it is satisfied that the dispute has been resolved under the
Dispute Resolution Policy; or (ii) SGNIC receives, to its satisfaction,
notification from the parties that the dispute has been settled.
32. Registrant Avoiding Litigation. Where the Registrant desires to avoid litigation
regarding the registration and use of a domain name and therefore requires a new
domain name to be registered, SGNIC may on its own or through the Registrant’s
Registrar (in the case of a Registrant applying for registration of a domain name
through a Registrar) assist the Registrant with the assignment of a new domain name,
and subject to the provisions below, will allow the Registrant to maintain both names
simultaneously for up to thirty (30) days to allow an orderly transition to the new
domain name. SGNIC may on its own or through the Registrant’s Registrar (in the
case of a Registrant applying for registration of a domain name through a Registrar)
provide such assistance to the Registrant if and only if the Registrant:
32.1 submits an application form to SGNIC or the Registrant’s Registrar (in the
case of a Registrant applying for registration of a domain name through a
Registrar), requesting the registration of a new domain name;
32.2 submits an explicit written request to SGNIC or the Registrant’s Registrar (in
the case of a Registrant applying for registration of a domain name through a
Registrar), for assistance, including an identification of the Registrant's
desired new domain name and any indicators used by SGNIC in response to
the new domain name application; and
32.3 provides SGNIC or the Registrant’s Registrar (in the case of a Registrant
applying for registration of a domain name through a Registrar), with a copy
of the settlement agreement between the Registrant and Claimant, which
settlement agreement should state specifically that Claimant agrees to the coexistence
of the Registrant's old domain name and the proposed new domain
name for the thirty (30) day period.
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Fees
33. Fees. The Registrant acknowledges that SGNIC has the right to impose such fees as it
may deem fit on the Registrant’s Registrar who provides registration service on
behalf of the Registrant in respect of the registration of the domain name with
SGNIC. The Registrant further acknowledges that the Registrant's Registrar is
obliged to pay to SGNIC the registration fees for each domain name registration, any
applicable renewal fees, transfer fees and any other fees payable in connection with a
domain name registration. The Registrant acknowledges and agrees that, should the
Registrant's Registrar fail to make any payment of any fees, SGNIC may in its sole
discretion stop accepting applications for domain name registrations from such
Registrant's Registrar, stop effecting registrations of domain names and transfers,
renewals and cancellations of domain name registrations requested by such
Registrant's Registrar and stop performing other billable transactions requested by
such Registrant's Registrar not paid in full and SGNIC may: (i) terminate the
Registrar Accreditation Agreement or the appointment of the Registrar; and (ii)
cancel or suspend the relevant domain name registration.
34. Alternative Fees Payment Arrangement. SGNIC may in exceptional situations in its
sole discretion decide to make alternative fees charges and payment arrangements
with the Applicant or Registrant, as the case may be, for those applications for
registration of domain names that are made by the Applicant directly with SGNIC
without going through SGNIC’s accredited or appointed registrars. Under such
circumstances, the Registrant acknowledges that the Registrant is obliged to pay to
SGNIC the registration fees for each domain name registration, any applicable
renewal fees, transfer fees and any other fees payable in connection with a domain
name registration. The Registrant acknowledges and agrees that, should the
Registrant fail to make any payment of any fees, SGNIC may in its sole discretion
stop accepting applications for domain name registrations from such Registrant, stop
effecting registrations of domain names and transfers, renewals and cancellations of
domain name registrations requested by such Registrant and stop performing other
transactions requested by such Registrant not paid in full and SGNIC may further
cancel or suspend the relevant domain name registration.
Indemnity and Disclaimer
35. Indemnity. The Registrant hereby agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless
SGNIC, its officers, directors, committees, employees and agents (collectively, the
"Indemnified Parties" and in singular the “Indemnified Party”), against all liability,
loss, damages, costs, legal expenses, professional and other expenses of any nature
whatsoever sustained, incurred, paid by or suffered by each Indemnified Party
resulting from or in connection with any claim, action, or demand arising out of or
relating to the registration or use of the domain name. Such claims shall include,
without limitation, those based upon trademark or service mark or other intellectual
property infringement, trade name infringement, dilution, tortious interference with
contract or prospective business advantage, passing off, defamation or injury to
business reputation and copyright infringement; and any and all claims arising from
the administration and operation of the Dispute Resolution Policy. Each Indemnified
Party shall send written notice to the Registrant of any such claim, action, or demand
against that party within a reasonable time. The failure of any Indemnified Party to
give the appropriate notice shall not affect the rights of the other Indemnified Parties.
36. SGNIC Not Liable. The Registrant further undertakes that it will not seek to recover
and shall not be entitled to recover from SGNIC or to be indemnified by SGNIC
against, any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage or any claim, proceeding,
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cost, demand, liability or expense whatsoever sustained, incurred or paid by the
Registrant to any party in respect of any of the matters specified in this Agreement.
37. Limitation of Liability. The Registrant agrees that SGNIC will not be liable for any
loss of registration and/or use (for whatever reason and whether temporary or
otherwise) of the 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 SGNIC has been advised of the possibility of such
damages. In no event shall SGNIC’s maximum liability under this Agreement exceed
S$500.
Modifications and Termination
38. Modifications by SGNIC. The Registrant acknowledges and agrees that SGNIC may
amend this Agreement, including the quantum of fees payable to SGNIC, from time
to time and that, at least upon thirty (30) days’ posting on the Internet at the URL
http://www.nic.net.sg, the Agreement shall be so amended in the manner as indicated
and that such amendments are binding upon the Registrant.
39. Termination of this Agreement by Reason of ICANN's Action. The Registrant further
acknowledges and agrees that SGNIC's right to issue, maintain or otherwise deal with
domain names (of whatever level or category) is dependent on ICANN or its
successors’ (successor shall mean subsequent organization that takes over ICANN’s
functions) continued recognition of and delegation to SGNIC to perform all such acts
as may be expected of SGNIC under this Agreement. Whilst SGNIC does not
anticipate that ICANN or its successor would withdraw such recognition and/or
delegation, Registrant nevertheless agrees that notwithstanding any other provision
herein, this Agreement shall terminate on the same day as ICANN or its successor
withdrawing its recognition of and/or delegation to SGNIC.
40. Effects of Termination. In the event that this Agreement is terminated, for whatever
reason, the Registrant agrees that:
40.1 it shall, prior to the date of termination, pay SGNIC in full all monies
then owing by the Registrant to SGNIC in the case of a Registrant
applying for registration of a domain name directly with SGNIC;
40.2 it shall have no claims or recourse whatsoever, whether under
contract, tort or any other legal theory, against SGNIC. For the
avoidance of doubt, there shall be no refund, whether in whole or in
part, of any fees which have been paid to SGNIC prior to the
termination of this Agreement; and
40.3 Clauses 35 to 37 of this Agreement shall survive such termination.
General Terms
41. Notices. All notices or reports (but not including reminders for fees referred to in
Clause 21.2) permitted or required under this Agreement shall be in writing and shall
be delivered by personal delivery, facsimile transmission, by registered mail, and/or
where possible, by electronic mail and shall be deemed given upon personal delivery,
or seven (7) days after deposit in the mail, whichever occurs first. Initial notices to the
Registrant shall be sent to the domain name administrative contact at the address
provided by the Registrant in the application form.
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42. Agency. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be construed as creating any
agency, partnership, or other form of joint enterprise between the parties. Further, the
Registrant agrees that there is no agency, partnership or other form of joint enterprise
between any Registrar and SGNIC.
43. Non-Waiver. The failure of either party to require performance by the other party of
any provision hereof shall not affect the full right to require such performance at any
time thereafter; nor shall the waiver by either party of a breach of any provision
hereof be taken or held to be a waiver of the provision itself. Notwithstanding any
provisions herein, SGNIC may in its absolute discretion waive any rights that it may
have under this Agreement or the operation of any term or condition, which is to the
benefit of the SGNIC.
44. Invalidity & Severability. In the event that any provision of this Agreement shall be
unenforceable or invalid under any applicable law or be so held by applicable court
decision, such unenforceability or invalidity shall not render this Agreement
unenforceable or invalid as a whole. Such provision shall be severed from the
remaining provisions which shall continue to be valid to the fullest extent permitted
by law. Further, SGNIC will amend or replace the unenforceable or invalid provision
with one that is valid and enforceable and which achieves, to the fullest extent
possible, the original objectives and intent of SGNIC as reflected in the original
provision.
45. Assignment. The Registrant consents to SGNIC assigning this Agreement and all
rights and obligations of SGNIC contained herein if the assignee agrees to be bound
by or assume the obligations imposed on SGNIC under this Agreement. The
Registrant shall not assign this Agreement to any other party. Any attempt by the
Registrant to assign its/his rights under this Agreement shall render this Agreement
voidable at SGNIC’s option. Any attempt by the Registrant’s creditors to obtain an
interest in its/his right under this Agreement, whether by attachment, garnishment or
otherwise, shall render this Agreement voidable at SGNIC’s option.
46. Entire Agreement. This Agreement (including the RPPG, SLG and Dispute
Resolution Policy which are incorporated by reference herein and any schedule
attached hereto), as may be amended by SGNIC from time to time, constitutes the
complete and exclusive agreement of the parties regarding the registration and/or use
of domain names. This Agreement supersedes and governs all prior proposals,
agreements or other communications between the parties. The Registrant agrees that
registration of the domain name as applied for by the Registrant constitutes an
agreement to be bound by this Agreement, as amended by SGNIC from time to time.
47. Headings. Headings to clauses in this Agreement are for the purpose of information
and identification only and shall not be construed as forming part of this Agreement.
48. Ratification. In the event that the Registrant had applied for the registration for the
domain name through an agent, the Registrant hereby ratifies all acts of the
Registrant's agent and agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions herein.
49. Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance
with the laws of the Republic of Singapore. The parties hereby submit to the nonexclusive
jurisdiction of the Singapore courts.
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50. Third Parties. The parties herein agree that a person or entity who is not a party to this
Agreement shall have no right under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act Cap
53B 2002 Rev Ed to enforce any of the terms of this Agreement.

Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy

1. Purpose.

a. This Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the *EPolicyE) has
been adopted by the Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) Private Limited
QESGNlCEE) as the registration authority for the Singapore country code top level
domain QESingapore ccTLDEE).

b. The Policy is incorporated by reference into the Domain Name Registration
Agreement between SGNIC and the registrant or domain name holder of a *.sg
Internet domain name (the *ERegistrantE), and sets out the terms and conditions
governing how a dispute between the Registrant and any party other than SGNIC
over the registration and use of the Registrants .sg Internet domain name are to be
resolved.

c. Any party who wishes to rely on this Policy, or who participates in an
administrative proceeding under Paragraph 4 of this Policy, must abide by the terms
ofthis Policy.

d. Administrative proceedings under Paragraph 4 of this Policy will be conducted
according to the Rules for the Singapore Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
(the *ERules of ProcedureEE) and the Supplemental Rules for the Singapore Domain
Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the *ESupplemental Rules) issued jointly by the
Singapore Mediation Centre QESMCEE) and the Singapore International Arbitration
Centre QESlACE) as the joint operators of the secretariat established to provide the
administrative dispute resolution service under this Policy.

2. The RegistrantEs Representations.

By applying to register a domain name, or by asking SGNIC to maintain or renew a
domain name registration, the Registrant represents and warrants to SGNIC that:

a. the statements that the Registrant made in the Registrants Application Form
for Registration of Domain Name are complete and accurate;
b. to the Registrants knowledge, the registration of the domain name will not
infringe upon or otherwise violate the rights of any third party;
c. the Registrant is not registering the domain name for an unlawful purpose;
and
d. the Registrant will not knowingly use the domain name in violation of any
applicable laws or regulations.

It is the RegistrantEs responsibility to determine whether the RegistrantEs domain
name registration infringes or violates someone elseEs rights.

3. Cancellations. Transfers. and Changes.

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a. SGNIC will cancel, transfer or otherwise make changes to domain name
registrations under the following circumstances:
(i) subject to the provisions of Paragraph 8, SGNlCEs receipt of written or
appropriate electronic instructions from the Registrant or the Registrants
authorized agent to take such action;
(ii) SGNlCEs receipt of an order from a court in Singapore requiring such action
and/or
(iii) SGNlCEs receipt of a decision of an Administrative Panel requiring such action
in any administrative proceeding to which the Registrant was a party and
which was conducted under this Policy or a later version of this Policy
adopted by SGN IC. (See Paragraphs 4(i) and E below.)

b. SGNIC may also cancel, transfer or otherwise make changes to a domain
name registration in accordance with the terms of the RegistrantEs Domain Name
Registration Agreement or other legal requirements.

4. Mandatory Administrative Proceeding.

This Paragraph sets out the type of disputes for which the Registrant is required to
submit to a mandatory administrative proceeding. These proceedings will be
conducted before an Administrative Panel appointed by the secretariat established
and operated by the SMC and the SIAC to provide the administrative dispute
resolution service under this Policy (the Provider).

a. Applicable Disputes. The Registrant is required to submit to a mandatory
administrative proceeding in the event that a third party (a EComplainantEE) asserts to
the Provider, in compliance with the Rules of Procedure, that:
(i) the Registrants domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a name,
trademark or service mark in which the Complainant has rights;
(ii) the Registrant has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain
name; and
(iii) the RegistrantEs domain name has been registered or is being used in bad
faith.
In the administrative proceeding, the Complainant must prove that each of these
three elements is present. If the Complainant proves that each of these three
elements is present, the Complainant shall be entitled to the remedies set out in
Paragraph 4(i).

b. Evidence of Registration and use in Bad Faith. For the purposes of
Paragraph 4(a)(iii), the following circumstances, in particular but without limitation, if
found by the Administrative Panel to be present, shall be evidence of the registration
and use of a domain name in bad faith:
(i) circumstances indicating that the Registrant has registered or acquired the
domain name primarily for the purpose of selling, renting, or otherwise
transferring the domain name registration to the Complainant, who bears the
name or is the owner of the trademark or service mark, or to a competitor of
that Complainant, for valuable consideration in excess of the Registrants
documented out-of-pocket costs directly related to the domain name
(ii) the Registrant has registered the domain name in order to prevent the owner

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of the trademark or service mark from reflecting the mark in a corresponding
domain name, provided that the Registrant has engaged in a pattern of such
conduct;
(iii) the Registrant has registered the domain name primarily for the purpose of
disrupting the business of a competitor; or
(iv) by using the domain name, the Registrant has intentionally attempted to
attract, for commercial gain, Internet users to the Registrants website or other
on-line location, by creating a likelihood of confusion with the Complainants
name or mark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of the
RegistrantEs website or location or of a product or service on the Registrants
website or location.

c. How to Demonstrate the RegistrantEs Rights to and Legitimate Interests
in the Domain Name in Responding to a Complaint. when the Registrant
receives a complaint, the Registrant should refer to Paragraph 5 of the Rules of
Procedure in determining how the RegistrantEs response should be prepared. Any of
the following circumstances, in particular but without limitation, if found by the
Administrative Panel to be proved based on its evaluation of all evidence presented,
shall demonstrate the Registrants rights to or legitimate interests in the domain
name for the purposes of Paragraph 4(a)(ii):
(i) before any notice to the Registrant of the dispute, the Registrants use of, or
demonstrable preparations to use, the domain name or a name corresponding
to the domain name in connection with a bona fide offering of goods or
services;
(ii) the Registrant (as an individual, business, or other organization) has been
commonly known by the domain name, even if the Registrant has acquired no
trademark or service mark rights; or
(iii) the Registrant is making a legitimate non-commercial or fair use of the domain
name, without intent for commercial gain to misleadingly divert consumers or
to tarnish the trademark or service mark at issue.

d. Initiation of Administrative Proceeding and Process and Appointment of
Administrative Panel. The Rules of Procedure state the process for initiating and
conducting an administrative proceeding and for appointing the panel that will decide
the dispute (the Administrative PanelE).

e. Choice of Procedure. The Complainant and the Registrant will be invited to
consider whether they wish to have the dispute mediated by the Administrative Panel
before the Administrative Panel is called upon to decide the dispute.

(i) If both the Complainant and the Registrant agree to have the dispute
mediated by the Administrative Panel before the Administrative Panel is called
upon to decide the dispute, the Administrative Panel will facilitate discussions
between the parties to help them resolve the dispute amicably.

(ii) If either the Complainant or the Registrant does not wish to have the dispute
mediated by the Administrative Panel, the dispute will not be mediated and
the Administrative Panel will decide the dispute.

(iii) If the parties agree on a settlement, whether as a result of mediation by the

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Administrative Panel or otherwise, and the parties consent to having the terms
of the settlement reflected in a decision of the Administrative Panel, the
Administrative Panel shall render a decision that is consistent with the terms
of the settlement and state that the decision is made pursuant to a settlement
between the parties. If the parties agree on a settlement, whether as a result
of mediation by the Administrative Panel or otherwise, but any party does not
consent to having the terms of the settlement reflected in a decision of the
Administrative Panel, the Administrative Panel (or, if the Administrative Panel
has not been appointed yet, the Provider) shall terminate the administrative
proceeding, such termination to be without prejudice to the initiation of
another administrative proceeding in respect of the same matter.

(iv) If the parties fail to reach an agreement after mediation by the Administrative
Panel, and the parties do not agree that the dispute may be decided by the
Administrative Panel that mediated the dispute, the Administrative Panel shall
terminate the administrative proceeding, such termination to be without
prejudice to the initiation of another administrative proceeding by the
Complainant in respect of the same matter, with a request that the Provider
appoint a different Administrative Panel to decide the dispute. If the parties
fail to reach an agreement after mediation by the Administrative Panel, but the
parties agree that the dispute may be decided by the Administrative Panel
that mediated the dispute, the Administrative Panel shall proceed to decide
the dispute.

f. Consolidation. In the event of multiple disputes between the Registrant and
a Complainant, either the Registrant or the Complainant may apply to consolidate
the disputes before a single Administrative Panel. This application shall be made to
the Provider before the Provider appoints different Administrative Panels to hear
different pending disputes between the parties. The Provider may consolidate any or
all such disputes in its sole discretion, provided that the disputes being consolidated
are governed by this Policy or a later version of this Policy.

g. Fees. All fees charged by the Provider in connection with any dispute before
an Administrative Panel pursuant to this Policy shall be paid by the Complainant,
except in cases where the Registrant elects to expand the Administrative Panel from
one to three panellists as provided in Paragraph 5(b)(iv) of the Rules of Procedure,
in which case all fees will be split evenly by the Registrant and the Complainant.

h. SGNlCEs Involvement in Administrative Proceedings. SGNIC does not,
and will not, participate in the administration or conduct of any proceeding before an
Administrative Panel. In addition, SGNIC will not be liable as a result of any
decisions rendered by an Administrative Panel.

I. Remedies. The remedies available to a Complainant pursuant to any
proceeding before an Administrative Panel shall be limited to requiring the
cancellation of the Registrants domain name or the transfer of the Registrants
domain name registration to the Complainant.

j. Notification and Publication. The Provider shall notify SGNIC of any
decision made by an Administrative Panel with respect to a domain name that the

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Registrant has registered with SGNIC. All decisions under this Policy will be
published in full over the Internet, except when an Administrative Panel decides in an
exceptional case to edit portions of its decision.

k. Availability of Court Proceedings. The mandatory administrative
proceeding requirements set forth in Paragraph 4 shall not prevent either the
Registrant or the Complainant from submitting the dispute to a Singapore court for
independent resolution. However, the Registrant and the Complainant shall not
commence any court proceedings in respect of the Registrants domain name while
an administrative proceeding is pending in respect of that domain name. If an
Administrative Panel decides that the RegistrantEs domain name registration should
be cancelled or transferred, SGNIC will wait ten (10) working days (working day
means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday) after SGNIC is
informed by the Provider of the Administrative PanelEs decision before implementing
that decision. SGNIC will then implement the decision unless SGNIC has received
from the Registrant during that ten (10) working day period a sealed copy of a writ of
summons or an originating summons showing that the Registrant has commenced a
lawsuit against the Complainant in Singapore in respect of the domain name. If
SGNIC receives such documentation within the ten (10) working day period, SGNIC
will not implement the Administrative PanelEs decision, and SGNIC will take no
further action, until SGNIC receives:
(i) evidence satisfactory to SGNIC of a resolution between the parties;
(ii) evidence satisfactory to SGNIC that the RegistrantEs lawsuit has been
dismissed or withdrawn; or
(iii) a copy of an order from a Singapore court dismissing the Registrants lawsuit
or ordering that the Registrant does not have the right to continue to use the
domain name.

I. Nature of Administrative Proceeding. For avoidance of doubt:
(i) an administrative proceeding is not an arbitration but an alternative dispute
resolution mechanism for resolving disputes over the registration and use of
*E.sgE Internet domain names;
(ii) the submission of a dispute to an administrative proceeding does not
constitute a submission of the dispute to arbitration; and
(ii) the Policy, the Rules of Procedure and the Supplemental Rules do not
constitute an arbitration agreement or procedural rules for arbitration.

5. All Other Disputes and Litigation.

All other disputes between the Registrant and any party other than SGNIC regarding
the Registrants domain name registration that are not brought pursuant to the
mandatory administrative proceeding provisions of Paragraph 4 shall be resolved
between the Registrant and such other party through any court, arbitration or other
proceedings that may be available.

6. SGNlCEs Involvement in Disputes.


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SGNIC will not participate in any way in any dispute between the Registrant and any
party other than SGNIC regarding the registration and use ofthe Registrants domain
name. The Registrant shall not name SGNIC as a party or otherwise include SGNIC
in any such proceeding. In the event that SGNIC is named as a party in any such
proceeding, SGNIC reserves the right to raise any and all defences deemed
appropriate, and to take any other action necessary to defend itself.


7. Maintaining the Status Quo.

SGNIC will not cancel, transfer, activate, deactivate, or otherwise change the status
of any domain name registration under this Policy except as provided in Paragraph 3
above.

8. Transfers During a Dispute.

The Registrant shall not transfer a domain name registration to another holder:
(i) during a pending administrative proceeding brought pursuant to Paragraph 4
or for a period of fifteen (15) working days (working day means any day
other than a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday) after such proceeding is
concluded; or
(ii) during a pending court proceeding or arbitration commenced regarding the
domain name, unless the party to whom the domain name registration is
being transferred agrees, in writing, to be bound by the decision of the court
or arbitrator.
SGNIC reserves the right to cancel any transfer of a domain name registration to
another holder that is made in violation of this paragraph.


9. Policy Modifications.

SGNIC reserves the right to modify this Policy at any time. SGNIC will post its
revised Policy at http:Ilwww.nic.net.sgl at least thirty (30) calendar days before it
becomes effective. Unless this Policy has already been invoked by the submission
of a complaint to the Provider, in which event the version of this Policy in effect at the
time it was invoked will apply to the Registrant until the dispute is over, all such
changes will be binding upon the Registrant with respect to any domain name
registration dispute, whether the dispute arose before, on or after the effective date
of SGNlCEs change. In the event that the Registrant objects to a change in this
Policy, the RegistrantEs sole remedy is to cancel the Registrants domain name
registration with SGNIC, provided that the Registrant will not be entitled to a refund
of any fees that the Registrant has paid to SGNIC. The revised Policy will apply to
the Registrant until the Registrant cancels the RegistrantEs domain name registration.


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