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Domain name dispute resolution centre opens

A new organization called the Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre has launched in Montreal. The group has been approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to provide domain name resolution services. It is the sixth body of its kind in the world, the second in the western hemisphere and the first in Canada. The group will mediate disputes in the ownership of Internet domain names ending in .com, .org and .net. CIIDRC is a division of the Vancouver-based British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, which also handles disputes regarding .ca domain names under an agreement with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

“Disputes over the rightful ownership and use of domain names have been increasing and the value of website address can be very significant,” said Barry Penner, managing director of the centre. “With more than 350 million individual domain names now registered worldwide, conflicts unfortunately arise as the importance of e-commerce continues to increase. Our mission is to deliver an easy-to-use, neutral and expedited online platform to resolve disputes, built on professionalism, impeccable reputation and a global perspective.”

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