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NOTICE

The following explanation summarizes only some parts of both the current Regulations of (and Guidelines for) Dispute Resolution accepted by the Registrant with the registration of a .it domain or by the challenging party who intends to start a reassignment procedure, and of the Supplemental Rules and MFSD's fees.

This summary therefore does not replace the careful reading and complete understanding of the documents cited and available in the 'Regulations' section of this part of the Site. The Regulations of the .it Registry prevail over the information set out below.​

Video Credit: 'What domain names are and how they work', Registro .it, 2018. In Italian language.

.IT REGISTRY

The Registry of the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) '.it' is responsible for assigning and maintaining domain names in the Top Level Domain country code of Italy (.iit).

The tasks of the .it Registry are carried out by the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of the National Research Council (IIT-CNR) of Pisa, Tuscany.

DRSP

Accredited by the .it Registry to manage this procedure are the so-called Dispute Resolution Service Providers (DRSP), who have selected experienced Intellectual Property and IT professionals (the so-called Panelists), approved by the .it Registry. Panelists who, through an adjudicative out-of-court dispute resolution procedure (usually in writing) between the parties, verify whether whoever registered the domain did so according to the law and regulations, otherwise transferring the domain name to whoever, having the right to the same, challenged the registration, or confirming ownership of the assignment to the Registrant.

MFSD is a PSRD accredited by the .it Registry since 2001 and has many years of experience in managing such procedures.

 PROCEDURE

To combat the ever-present widespread phenomena of cybersquatting and domain grabbing (i.e. the registration of domains without the right to have them) and increase the access to justice, without prejudice to the right to hear a Judge or Arbitrator, the .it Registry has introduced an adjudicative procedure through who can claim their rights on Italian domains that have been registered in bad faith, and thus obtain their reassignment.

If the owner manages to demonstrate his/her own good faith or even the bad faith of the challenger and introduces the reassignment, the complaint is rejected and, if the conditions are met, the complainant's bad faith is declared (so-called reverse domain name hijacking - RDNH).

The procedure takes place in 2 mandatory phases: opposition and reassignment. A third phase, possible and optional, Mediation, can be activated before or during the opposition or reassignment.

 

DIRECTOR

Director and contact person of MFSD with .it Registry is Stefano Monguzzi.

 

Reachable by phone (+39 02 4549 0522) or e-mail (responsabile@mfsd.it). See also page Contacts of this Site.

Further details are contained in the Dispute Resolution Regulations in the ccTLD .it published by the Registry and available in the Rules section of this section of the Site or can be requested from the .it Dispute Director (Contacts section).

HELP DESK

MFSD provides information on the procedure, not early evaluation of the possible outcome and not technical assistance for drafting and filing the Complaint or Response. This assistance is optional.

However, MFSD recommends the parties interested or involved in an opposition or reassignment procedure to contact a professional expert in such matter, given that the regulations and guidelines of the Decisions issued since 2001 to date require study, training and updating and therefore technical skills, such as to recommend professional assistance.

In this sense, the availability on this Site of the Forms (see the 'Forms' section) and Decisions (see the 'Decisions' section) is to be considered a mere facilitation and may not be sufficient for an adequate and clear statement of the facts, if not demonstrated by documents.

FAQ

Further clarifications can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the .it Domain Name Reassignment Procedure drawn up by MFSD, freely downloadable, and in the Guidelines for the Resolution of Disputes in the .it ccTLD published by the Registry and available in the Regulations section of this part of Site.

The statistics, official and updated in real time by the Registry, of the reassignment procedures can be consulted here.

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