Conflicted Domain Name Pilot Hub
Conflicted names have been ongoing since 2014 and we are excited to offer a simple way to get these resolved.
Many people have engaged in negotiation over the phone with a facilitator. If you were unsuccessful or chose not to engage, our pilot programme is recommended as the best next step. And, it's fully funded.
The Domain Name Commission is piloting a program that provides easier access for parties to reach an agreement on conflicted names. The pilot is available to settle matters where two parties have a claim to them.
Through our online platform parties with rights to a conflicted name can negotiate with the other party and, if necessary, engage with a coach or mediator.
If you reach an agreement at negotiation or mediation, there will be a written agreement that both parties sign recording: who has rights to the domain name, what, if any, money needs to be exchanged the date and mechanism of the exchange of monies any enforcement that this is the final agreement.
We have provided additional information below for parties to read, you will be invited via email to engage with the process, so keep an eye out for a welcome email over the coming months.
Options of engagment
Engage in e-negotiation.
This allows a series of bids to be entered and the parties are presented with a proposed figure to settle the dispute.
Engage in online mediation.
With the assistance of a third party neutral you get an opportunity to discuss wider issues including why you believe the domain name should belong to you.
How Negotiation works
Through our e-negotiation tool you can negotiate with the other party and, if necessary, engage with a coach or mediator.
E-negotiation allows both parties to negotiate on an amount and see if an agreement can be reached. If no agreement is reached, parties can move forward to mediation.
How Mediation Works
In mediation, parties speak for themselves and work together to reach an agreement with help from a mediator. Mediation is a highly successful process and used in commercial jurisdictions throughout the world. To find out more about how mediation works,
The Domain Name Commission has created interactive e-learning modules to assist pilot programme users. You can use this as a reference guide and access it on-the-go.
Have a burning question? Check out our FAQs
Conflicted Names Process overview
The Conflicted Names Process (CNP) was created to give all parties that had a similar third-level domain name (such as anyname.co.nz and anyname.net.nz) the same right to register the shorter version of their domain name
Check out all the key milestones to date.