.NAME Domain Names
The web just got a little more personal. Got a name? Get a .NAME! There is no better extension to use when making a personalized website! Friends and family will always know where to find you.
Why should I register a .NAME domain name?
The .NAME domain is a gTLD (generic top level domain). It was designed with YOU in mind. When you buy a .NAME, you're buying an Internet address as individual and unique as you. Having domain that is yourname.NAME is personal and non-commercial. It is one of the best ways to establish a digital identity that is unique to you.
When the .NAME gTLD was first launched in 2002, it only allowed for third level registrations (i.e. bob.smith.NAME). This was to reduce the amount of cybersquatting on popular surnames. However, in 2004, second level .NAME domains became available (i.e. smith.NAME or bobsmith.NAME)
When registering a .NAME, you will rarely have to worry about trademark issues, if at all. After all, your name is just that - YOUR name. Due to the fact that with .NAME domain names, we are dealing with personal names, there is very little chance that trademarks or any other form of protection will be involved.
Are there any restrictions for registering a .NAME?
As stated before, the .NAME domain is meant for individuals. That extends to real and fictional personas. Although there are no restrictions for registration of a .NAME, they can be challenged if the name registered is close to, or the same as a trademarked name (i.e. Mickey Mouse) of which the owner has rights.