Europos Sąjungos identitetas internete : <.eu> domeno vardo teisinio reguliavimo problemos.
The article consists of four parts. The first part provides the short description of the internet, main legal concepts of the domain name law with the regard to the definition of the domain name and its legal status. The second part is devoted to the historical analysis of the idea and the guidelines of administration of <.eu> domain on the basis of the travaux preparatoire of the European Commission and other institutions. The main EU legal instrument concerning the <.eu> domain (Regulation (EC) No 733/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 April 2002 on the implementation of the .eu Top Level Domain) is presented and discussed in the third part of the article. In the fourth part, prospects of <.eu> domain are evaluated regarding the current activities of EURid, the Registry of <.eu> domain. The author concludes that the new <.eu> domain name will efectively confirm the European identity and provide more possibilities for European enterprises, organizations and institutions to expand their visibility on-line. Necessary legal instruments, introducing the <.eu> Top-Level Domain have been adopted in order to achieve the mentioned objective. It must be noted that the legal regulation of <.eu> Top-Level Domain meets the best practices of the country-code Top-Level Domain regulation. Unfortunately, the translation of the Regulations on <.eu> domain are not satisfactoral. It is also important to admit that the Government of the Republic of Lithuania must take certain measures to protect the geographical names in connection to Lithuania and its regions, as well as to inform the owners of industrial property about the possibilty to protect their brands in the way of phased registration of <.eu> domain names.
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