Owning a domain? No one really
owns a domain name. You own the domain name registration, creating
an intellectual property which can be bartered, exchanged, transferred or
sold. However, maintaining the registration by paying the annual
registration fees, allows ownership or control of the intellectual property
rights inherent in the registration. This is the common perception of
"owning" a domain name.
Government Regulation? The
Department of Commerce government appointed body that oversees the use of
the internet domain name structure is called InterNic.
To insure that your registration is valid you must use an InterNic
Accredited Registrar. Network Solutions, Inc., the original government
appointed Registrar, is our affiliated InterNic Accredited Domain Name
Registrar. You may do a secure search for, or secure registration of
domain names in the box below.
Costs? An individual
cannot pay directly to InterNic, or register directly with InterNic.
An Accredited Registrar must be used and it is the registrar that accepts
payment for a domain registration. As long as you pay your fees to an
Accredited Registrar you maintain control of the domain name.
Auction Domain Purchases? An
individual is still responsible for the annual government Registrar's fee
even after purchasing a domain name in a secondary market. A Transfer
Fee is charged by the Registrar for all secondary market domain name
registration transfers. The buyer of a domain name registration will
need to pay Transfer Fees and Registration Fees to assume ownership of the
Everything You Want to Know About Domain Names:
But Are Afraid to Ask Auction owner, Michael Steenbergen, writes
an article on domain names as a user