London, 2nd November 2007 - Dot TK, with its 1.7 million active domain
names, is now one of the 10 largest domain registries in the world. The
Internet domain of the small group of Tokelau Islands in the South
Pacific, has grown bigger than country code extensions such as .it
(Italy) and .fr (France). Due to the enormous growth in the last couple
of weeks, Dot TK has decided, together with the government of Tokelau,
to temporarily stop the registry for paid domains. This period is called
the 'Sunrise Period' and runs until 3rd December 9.59am GMT.
During this period, corporations can register Dot TK domain names that
correspond with their trademarks which allows protection from misuse of
registered trademarks, cyber squatting and to provide time for the
resolution of disputes over trademarks. Legitimate proof of trademark
ownership is necessary in order to complete these registrations.
The registration of free .TK domain names will remain possible in the
Sunrise Period. However, these free registrations provide no license
rights to the registrant, only the user's rights. Dot TK can withdraw
the user's rights immediately when there is a conflict with a trademark
"After our visit to Western Europe in September, we have seen an
enormous increase in new registrations," said Tino Vitale, general
manager of Tokelau's communications company Teletok. "But with our small
community of just over 1,000 people we don't want any problems with
corporations wanting to protect their trademarks. And that's the reason
why we have launched this Sunrise Period."
"Every trademark domain name registration will be verified extensively,"
said Joost Zuurbier, CEO of Dot TK. "We have a semi-automated due
diligence process that not only checks the information of the
registrant, but also checks if the trademarks do belong to his or her
company. With this system we can verify the trademark registrations of
the 28 major trademark authorities. Only when we can verify that the
trademark belongs to the registrant, will we approve the registration."
Notes to Editor
Dot TK is a joint venture of the Government of Tokelau, its
communication company Teletok and BV Dot TK, a privately held company.
More information about Dot TK can be found at http://www.dot.tk
Dot TK - Renaming The Internet
Joost Zuurbier, CEO, Dot TK
Tel: +44 20 7734 9596
Fax: +44 20 7734 9597