Procedures for Submitting an Objection to Saudi domain names

Version 1.2 23/3/1437 H (3/1/2016)

Based on the Saudi Domain Names Objection Rules (Version 1.1, dated 26/04/1432 H corresponding to 31/3/2011) that was approved by the CITC’s Board at the meeting No. (73) dated 04/26/1432 H.

An objection related to Saudi domain names is submitted in accordance with the following procedure steps:

  1. 1. Objections shall be provided electronically through SaudiNIC’s website (www.nic.sa) and according to the form devised for that purpose. It consists of the following information:
    1. A. Personal information of the objector or its official representative (representation proof must be attached) and its address (including postal address, phone, mobile and fax numbers, and email address).
    2. B. The domain name under objection.
    3. C. The Objection type (topic); as described in paragraph (2) of the Saudi Domain Names Objection Rules.
    4. D. Details of the objection, taking into account the following:
      1. 1) If the objection is related to a decision issued by SaudiNIC, then the details should include the request information, the SaudiNIC’s decision, and any evidence supporting the objection.
      2. 2) If the reason for the objection is that the current registrant is violating the regulations, then the violated text should be determined (using the Saudi Domain Name Registration Regulation) and a proof of the violation should be provided in details.
      3. 3) If the reason for the objection is a dispute over a domain name, then the details should include:
        1. a) A proof that the domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a name belongs to the objector where the objector has some property right such as a trademark or trade name.
        2. b) A proof that the current registrant has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name.
        3. c) A proof that the current registrant has registered and used the domain name in a manner considered abusive registration as set out in paragraph (2/3) of the Saudi Domain Names Objection Rules.
        4. d. Defining the objector's request(s) subject to paragraph (7/3) of the Saudi Domain Names Objection Rules.
        5. e. Defining any previous or current objections or legal suits related to the domain name under objection.
        6. f. The objector’s recognizes that:
          1. 1) All provided information is valid and accurate.
          2. 2) The objection’s sole purpose is that mentioned in the objection application.
          3. 3) The objector agrees to abide to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s laws and regulations, and to the jurisdiction of its courts on all matters related to the objection; including any grievance or appeal against any of the CITC’s procedures or decisions relative to the objection.
          4. 4) CITC has the right to reject the request if the objector violates this recognition.
          5. 5) The objector agrees to abide to the regulations presented in this document.
          6. 6) The objector agrees to abide to the Saudi Domain Names Objection Rules.
          7. 7) The objector agrees to abide to the Saudi Domain Name Registration Regulation.
    5. E. The objection must include a copy of all documents supporting the objection. If the objector is a legal entity, then all attached letters must be authorized by an official entity (such as chambers of commerce, embassies, government agencies).
  2. 2. The CITC shall review the objection within ten (10) business days from the objection application date and make a decision whether to accept or reject the objection; stating the reason(s) in case of rejection. The objector is entitled to re-submit the objection again in case of the absence of the rejection reasons.
  3. 3. In case the CITC accepts the objection, it will forward a copy of the objection to the defendant (registrant) using its available address at SaudiNIC . The defendant must reply to CITC’s correspondence within a period of maximum ten (10) business days. If the CITC did not receive the defendant’s reply within the determined period, it will make its judgment on the objection according to the available information including the information provided by the objector. The defendant’s response must:
    1. A. be specific to the objection topic and inclusive to all aspects of the objection.
    2. B. include an acknowledge of the validity and accuracy of the information provided in accordance to the format prescribed by CITC.
    3. C. Enclose all of the supporting documents. If the defendant is a legal entity, then all attached letters must be certified by an official entity (such as chambers of commerce, embassies, government agencies).
    4. D. Correspondence issued in relevant to this procedure shall be deemed as been received if sent to the objection parties addresses stated in the objection form or in the domain name information available at SaudiNIC.
  4. 4. CITC will issue its final decision on the objection within a maximum period of sixty (60) days from the date on which the CITC accepted the objection. The decision is due for execution within two (2) business days after the issuance date. CITC shall notify all concerned parties regarding the final decision on the objection. The concerned parties have the right to appeal in accordance with the terms of the telecommunication act without affecting the execution of the decision, unless a decision is issued by a juridical entity seizing the execution of such decision.
  5. 5. If CITC’s decision includes cancellation of the domain name registration under objection, then the implementation of the decision will be according to the following steps:
    1. A. SaudiNIC will cancel the registration of the domain name under objection and delete it from its database. SaudiNIC should inform the registrant.
    2. B. The deleted domain name will be available for registration in accordance with the applicable rules of random access.
  6. 6. If CITC’s decision includes transfer of the domain name under objection to the objector, then the implementation of the decision will be according to the following steps:
    1. A. SaudiNIC will cancel the registration of the objectionable domain name and delete it from its database. SaudiNIC should inform the registrant.
    2. B. The objector will be given a period not exceeding thirty (30) days from the date of deletion of the domain name under objection to apply for the registration of that name. This application is subject to rules and procedures for the registration of domain names in force at the time of application.
    3. C. In case that the objector failed to submit a valid registration request for the domain name under objection within the specified period, the deleted domain name under objection will be available to the public for registration in accordance with the applicable rules of random access followed by SaudiNIC.
  7. 7. All correspondence related to this document shall be directed to SaudiNIC according to the format and method prescribed by SaudiNIC.