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Digital Economy Act 2010

Topic 3: Powers in relation to internet domain names

Section 21:  Application to court to alter constitution of internet domain registry

103.This section amends the 2003 Act by inserting a new section 124R. This gives the Secretary of State the power to apply to the court for an order to alter the constitution of a registry and to limit the registry’s ability to amend its constitution itself without the leave of the court. The provision only applies where the Secretary of State has served a notice under new section 124O, the period allowed for making representations has expired and the Secretary of State is satisfied that the registry has not taken the appropriate steps to remedy the failure. The court may only make an order if the court considers it is appropriate in order to secure that the registry remedies the failure specified in the section 124O notification.

104.Section 124R(5) provides that, in the case of a company, the constitution means the articles of association, and in the case of a limited liability partnership, it means the limited liability partnership agreement (as defined).

105.The Secretary of State may exercise his power under this section to apply to court to alter the constitution and the power under new section 124P to appoint a manager concurrently (if he considers it appropriate).

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