Avoid Potential Damage by Taking Control of Domain Name

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UK businesses have been warned to tighten up on the legal ownership of their website addresses by specialist firm Fasthosts Internet.

The web hosting company said it had seen a 30 per cent rise in the number of domain ownership disputes it had helped to resolve in the past year, commonly where companies have registered a domain in an employee's or adviser's name only to have to later prove that the business should retain legal ownership and control.

Fasthosts is advising business owners themselves to check that their valuable business domain names are in their name - and seek transfer of ownership if necessary.

It says that a virtual shop-front on the internet can be as valuable to a business as its actual premises.

However, an alarming number of UK businesses could be risking sales revenue and stability by having their business domain names registered on their behalf by employees or third parties such as web designers. If such individuals part company with a business, as they were the legal 'registrant' of the domains, the business often faces the time consuming task of having to prove their legitimate right to own and control the domain names. …