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.cat

The information below is based on currently available information which might be subject to change. Parties are advised to consult with the Registry.

Purpose: Sponsored TLD for the Catalan linguistic and cultural community
Registry: Fundació puntCAT
Status: Sponsorship Agreement with ICANN signed on September 23, 2005
WhoIs: WhoIs for .cat
Registration Restrictions: .cat Charter, Article III: “without being exhaustive […] the Registry’s policies may permit registrations in .cat TLD to the following:
  • Universities, schools, research institutions and other academic entities that use Catalan in their academic activities or teach/promote aspects of Catalan culture
  • Public or private entities whose aim is promoting the Catalan culture
  • Writers, translators, correctors and journalists publishing (or contributing to) works in Catalan
  • Publishing companies that publish works in the Catalan language or relating to the Catalan culture
  • Media using the Catalan language for their communications
  • Individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, entities or initiatives, however constituted, carrying online communications in Catalan
  • Individuals, groups, businesses, organizations, entities or initiatives, however constituted, proving their belonging to the Community by way of sponsorship from other members of the Community in the form established in the Registration Policies
  • Members of Fundació puntCAT”
Historical Policies and Documents: Sunrise
Dispute Resolution Policies:

Eligibility Requirements Dispute Resolution Policy (ERDRP)

Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy

All registrants agree to be bound by the UDRP. The UDRP applies to challenges to registered domain names based on the grounds that:

(i) a domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark in which the complainant has rights; and
(ii) the registrant has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name; and
(iii) the domain name has been registered and used in bad faith.

Mediation

In case of a third-party challenge in relation to the registration or use of a .cat domain name, the Registry has established a voluntary and non-binding mediation procedure.

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