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Alliance gives start-ups intellectual property control

Lucky Masilela, ZACR Chief Executive Officer
Lucky Masilela, ZACR Chief Executive Officer

JOHANNESBURG – SOUTH African startups now have greater control over their intellectual property following a ground-breaking collaboration between some stakeholders.

The partnership makes it possible to register a new company and its equivalent domain name simultaneously.

The Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC), ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) and the ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR) announced the collaboration.

Lucky Masilela, ZACR Chief Executive Officer, said the tripartite arrangement enabled new enterprises to benefit by protecting their fledgling online identities.

“This innovative offering seamlessly combines the offline and online worlds in a way that provides total convenience and protection for start-ups,” Masilela said.

In terms of this model, the CIPC Registrar has limited functionality and simply acts as a conduit to the domain name registration platform.

The CIPC Registrar does not enjoy all the capabilities of the normal.ZA-accredited commercial domain name Reseller and Registrar (RaR) and does not derive any financial benefit for facilitating such registrations.

The initial domain name registration with CIPC is for a limited one-year period only and registrants are expected to pay the same domain name price that is charged to all other accredited registrars. CIPC-registered domain names will need to be transferred to commercial domain name RaR’s to enable full functionality and renewal.

Additional support, renewal of domain names and hosting services can only be purchased from the greater community of accredited RaRs.

ZADNA regulates.ZA, which is South Africa’s country code Top Level Domain names (ccTLD’s).

ZACR is a pioneer of the local and international domain name space and the administrator of such domains as, the three cities’ geographic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) of .joburg,‘dotDurban’), as well as the administrator of the .africa (‘dotAfrica’) gTLD, through its
wholly-owned subsidiary, Registry Africa.

“This is a fantastic example of domain name space pioneering coupled with out-the-box thinking in the area of public-private partnerships. We thank our partners and look forward to launching further innovative services for new enterprises, start-ups and other commercial users in the near future,” concluded Masilela.

– CAJ News






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