Originally posted by GordonH
Cost is less than $100
Brendan who runs it is very helpful and if you are not
an EU citizen they can help you out.
Looks like an excellent recommendation, Gordon. I'm a little unclear on the pricing, however. From Livetodot's web site:
"Italian names can only be registered in the name of EU residents or companies formed inside the EU. For this reason Livetodot cannot provide any registration service to people outside the EU. However our partner company Fubra can provide a name leasing service for companies world wide. Under this service, Fubra will register a dot IT domain name and then subsequently lease the name to the party requesting the domain.
"This lease is subject to the terms and conditions, which can be found on the livetodot menu.
"Any interested parties should be aware that because this system is manual, and we have gone to the expense of producing leasing documents for Italian domain names there is an extra charge for the increased admin. They should also be aware that they would not be the legal owner of the name, although Fubra will grant exclusive right to use the name as long as the customer conforms to our terms and conditions.
"The charge for this service is £150 (GBP) set-up fee, which includes the first year's registration, subsequent years will be charged at £50 per year."
They charge £30 (GBP) for the domain. So, obviously, £120 (GBP) is their setup fee the first year. It's not clear if the £30 (GBP) domain registration renewal fee is included in the £50 (GPB) fee for second and successive years. If it is, then they're only charging £20 (GBP) per year to keep renewing Fubra's lease on the name. That's excellent, in my opinion! And even if the £50 (GPB) is on top of
the £30 (GPB) registration renewal fee, it's still a good deal at £80 (GPB). As long as Fubra's lease agreement is reasonable and there's no risk (or at least little risk) of losing the name or it getting caught-up in some kind of legal entanglement, and if the .IT registry will not have a problem with it, it sounds great! Much better than my recommendation, it seems.
Still, it's a cautionary tale, at least. The .IT registry is clearly strict on the matter. And one must be very, very careful when using an agent in a foreign country. One can lose one's domain name very easily, and if one must sue the agent to get it back, one finds oneself thousands of miles away and often speaking a different language trying to navigate through the foreign country's court system. I've done that and it can be an unholy nightmare. That's why I always recommend 1GlobalPlace -- not because I necessarily like them (especially now that Verisign/Netsol owns them), but because I know for a fact that the agents they use in each country are rock solid and reputable and there's no danger of problems. Hence the outrageous $1,250 fees. When dealing in foreign nations, I've found that paying more initially can buy a lot of peace of mind and reduced headaches later.
I'm not saying that Livedot's Fubra company is not rock solid and reputable, or that a person would have troubles if they signed-up for Livedot's deal. In fact, I highly suspect it would be just fine.
But if it did
happen to fall apart and inskin ever needed to do battle with them in the Italian court system to get back control of his domain, the aforementioned $1,250 1GlobalPlace fee will, in retrospect, start looking to him like chump change. That, I think, is why many companies cut their losses up front and just buy-in to "outrageous" fees like 1GlobalPlace charges. For them, it's like insurance against future nightmares.