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Department for Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 11th November 2014.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to ensure that people who purchase domain names are doing so to use them for legitimate purposes and not simply to sell on at profit.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

The Government has no plans to intervene in the management of the UK registry in this way at this time. Nominet, who operate the UK registry, are a private not-for-profit company with a public purpose objective and any changes to the way in which the registry is managed is done so through a multi-stakeholder approach. The Government supports the multi-stakeholder approach to the way the internet is managed. There is an active secondary market for domain names and Nominet has robust procedures in place to ensure brands and trademarks are adequately protected.

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