POTRAZ regulations require that domain registrants provide accurate owner details. In support of these regulations, ZISPA requires that registrants provide their registrar with a copy of their national ID in the case of individuals or the certificate of incorporation in the case of a company. The details of the real owner must be provided in the application template, even if the domain registration procedure is being carried out by a consultant on their behalf.
ZISPA strongly objects to consultants etc who register their clients’ domains under their own name, as this is not only a violation of POTRAZ regulations, but may also lead to problems when there is a dispute between the real owner and their consultant.
The CO.ZW registry is not an open registry such as .COM where it is simply a matter of first come, first served. We vet all applications in accordance with the following policies:
Known company/organisation names will not be registered without authority from the body concerned. For example, we would not register yahoo.co.zw without authorisation from Yahoo. In case of doubt we may request proof of company registration.
Names of schools, clubs, churches etc must be registered in the name of those organisations, not of individuals. Zimbabwean place names are reserved for the use of the corresponding national or local government authority. We strongly object to cyber-squatting and will do what we can to prevent attempts at registering domains for that purpose.
Terms & Conditions
In addition to the above, all applications must comply with our standard ZISPA Terms and Conditions. Of particular importance are the following:
The applicant must have a bona fide intention to use the domain name on a regular basis on the Internet.
The use or registration of the domain name by applicant does not or will not interfere with, nor infringe the right of any third party in any jurisdiction with respect to trademark, service mark, tradename, company name, close corporation name, copyright or any other intellectual property right.
At the time of submission the registrar and/or registrant must already have configured at least two operational nameservers to which the domain can be delegated.
The nameservers must continue to be fully connected to the Internet and be able to respond authoritatively to queries on the domain.