Under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), disputes must be resolved by agreement, court action, or arbitration before a registrar will cancel, suspend, or transfer a domain name.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers explained that all registrars must follow the UDRP.
But disputes alleged to arise from abusive registrations of domain names – for example, cybersquatting – may be addressed by expedited administrative proceedings initiated by the trademark rights holder.
“Or in cases of abusive registration, [they should] submit a complaint to an approved dispute-resolution service provider.”
The UDRP applies to all 22 top level domain names currently in existence, and some country code top level domains.