The tiny Pacific island of Niue has filed a lawsuit in Stockholm, claiming that the Internet Foundation in Sweden (IIS) acted illegally when it essentially took control of .nu in 2013. Niue is claiming damages of some SEK 200 million, according to Pär Brumark, who is representing the island.
The US-based IUSN Foundation acquired the rights to .nu via an agreement with Niue’s government at the beginning of the 1990s, in partnership with Boston-based WorldNames Inc. The agreement was later cancelled via new Niue legislation and since then the island has claimed the right to the domain. In 2013, the same day IIS took over .nu, Niue’s government lodged a protest with the Swedish government, but a meeting between the parties was held first this summer.
The Swedish government has claimed that the Stockholm County Administrative Board had given its approval, while Danny Aerts, CEO of IIS, does not see any grounds for the lawsuit.
The .nu domain has always been popular in those countries in Northern Europe where the string means “now”.
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