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BBC reaction to this site

The name of this site is BBCtvLicence.com. It was created on 30 September 2006. Within two weeks, a large number of identical or similar domain names were purchased by another party.

A search of the Whois domain name registry revealed that the BBC was behind these purchases. The BBC purchased bbctvlicence.org and bbctvlicence.biz on 12 October 2006 at 5.10pm, and bbctvlicence.org at 5.11pm. These purchases do not affect the running of this site, but it is fascinating to see how the BBC seeks to protect its image and limit opportunities for other points of view.

The Whois reports are reproduced below. As the text is quite detailed, references to the BBC are highlighted in blue.

bbctvlicence.org Domain ID:D15008140-LRMS
Domain Name:BBCTVLICENCE.INFO
Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:10:59 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 18:30:58 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:10:59 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:eMarkMonitor (R151-LRMS)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Status:TRANSFER PROHIBITED Registrant ID:mKn-14514438 Registrant Name:. .
Registrant Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Registrant Street1:Broadcasting House
Registrant Street2:Portland Place Registrant
Street3: Registrant City:London
Registrant State/Province:-
Registrant Postal Code:W1A 1AA
Registrant Country:GB Registrant Phone:+44.02080083595
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:+44.02080082199
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:domain.manager@bbc.co.uk
Admin ID:mKn-14466959
Admin Name:Domain Manager
Admin Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Admin Street1:Broadcasting House
Admin Street2:Portland Place
Admin Street3:
Admin City:London
Admin State/Province:- Admin Postal Code:W1A 1AA
Admin Country:GB
Admin Phone:+44.02080083595
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:+44.02080082199
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email:domain.manager@bbc.co.uk
Billing ID:mKn-14445398
Billing Name:Master Administrator
Billing Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Billing Street1:Broadcast Centre, Media Village
Billing Street2:201 Wood Lane
Billing Street3:
Billing City:London
Billing State/Province:-
Billing Postal Code:W12 7TP
Billing Country:GB
Billing Phone:+44.02080082369
Billing Phone Ext.:
Billing FAX:+44.02080082199
Billing FAX Ext.:
Billing Email:domain.manager@bbc.co.uk
Tech ID:mKn-14466960
Tech Name:Domain Technician
Tech Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Tech Street1:Broadcasting House
Tech Street2:Portland Place
Tech Street3:
Tech City:London
Tech State/Province:-
Tech Postal Code:W1A 1AA
Tech Country:GB
Tech Phone:+44.02080083596
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:+44.02080082199
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email:domain.technician@bbc.co.uk
Name Server:NS.BBC.CO.UK
Name Server:NS1.THDO.BBC.CO.UK
bbctvlicence.biz Domain Name: BBCTVLICENCE.BIZ
Domain ID: D14840934-BIZ
Sponsoring Registrar: EMARKMONITOR, INC.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 292
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited Registrant ID: MKN-14514438
Registrant Name: . .
Registrant Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registrant Address1: Broadcasting House Registrant
Address2: Portland Place Registrant City: London
Registrant State/Province: -
Registrant Postal Code: W1A 1AA
Registrant Country: Great Britain (UK)
Registrant Country Code: GB
Registrant Phone Number: +44.02080083595
Registrant Facsimile Number: +44.02080082199
Registrant Email: domain.manager@bbc.co.uk
Registrant Application Purpose: P1
Registrant Nexus Category: C21
Administrative Contact ID: MKN-14515529
Administrative Contact Name: Domain Manager
Administrative Contact Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation
Administrative Contact Address1: Broadcasting House
Administrative Contact Address2: Portland Place
Administrative Contact City: London
Administrative Contact State/Province: -
Administrative Contact Postal Code: W1A 1AA
Administrative Contact Country: Great Britain (UK)
Administrative Contact Country Code: GB
Administrative Contact Phone Number: +44.02080083595
Administrative Contact Facsimile Number: +44.02080082199
Administrative Contact Email: domain.manager@bbc.co.uk
Administrative Application Purpose: P1
Administrative Nexus Category: C21
Billing Contact ID: MKN-14445398
Billing Contact Name: Master Administrator
Billing Contact Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation
Billing Contact Address1: Broadcast Centre, Media Village
Billing Contact Address2: 201 Wood Lane
Billing Contact City: London
Billing Contact State/Province: -
Billing Contact Postal Code: W12 7TP
Billing Contact Country: Great Britain (UK)
Billing Contact Country Code: GB
Billing Contact Phone Number: +44.02080082369
Billing Contact Facsimile Number: +44.02080082199
Billing Contact Email: domain.manager@bbc.co.uk
Billing Application Purpose: P1
Billing Nexus Category: C21
Technical Contact ID: MKN-14515530
Technical Contact Name: Domain Technician
Technical Contact Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation
Technical Contact Address1: Broadcasting House
Technical Contact Address2: Portland Place
Technical Contact City: London
Technical Contact State/Province: -
Technical Contact Postal Code: W1A 1AA
Technical Contact Country: Great Britain (UK)
Technical Contact Country Code: GB
Technical Contact Phone Number: +44.02080083596
Technical Contact Facsimile Number: +44.02080082199
Technical Contact Email: domain.technician@bbc.co.uk
Technical Application Purpose: P1
Technical Nexus Category: C21
Name Server: NS.BBC.CO.UK
Name Server: NS1.THDO.BBC.CO.UK
Name Server: NS1.THLS.BBC.CO.UK
Name Server: NS1.THNY.BBC.CO.UK
Created by Registrar: EMARKMONITOR, INC.
Last Updated by Registrar: EMARKMONITOR, INC.
Domain Registration Date: Thu Oct 12 17:10:09 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Sat Oct 11 23:59:59 GMT 2008
Domain Last Updated Date: Thu Oct 12 18:30:13 GMT 2006
bbctvlicence.info Domain ID:D15008140-LRMS
Domain Name:BBCTVLICENCE.INFO
Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:10:59 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 18:30:58 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:10:59 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:eMarkMonitor (R151-LRMS)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Status:TRANSFER PROHIBITED Registrant ID:mKn-14514438 Registrant Name:. .
Registrant Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Registrant Street1:Broadcasting House
Registrant Street2:Portland Place Registrant
Street3: Registrant City:London
Registrant State/Province:-
Registrant Postal Code:W1A 1AA
Registrant Country:GB Registrant Phone:+44.02080083595
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:+44.02080082199
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:domain.manager@bbc.co.uk
Admin ID:mKn-14466959
Admin Name:Domain Manager
Admin Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Admin Street1:Broadcasting House
Admin Street2:Portland Place
Admin Street3:
Admin City:London
Admin State/Province:- Admin Postal Code:W1A 1AA
Admin Country:GB
Admin Phone:+44.02080083595
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:+44.02080082199
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email:domain.manager@bbc.co.uk
Billing ID:mKn-14445398
Billing Name:Master Administrator
Billing Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Billing Street1:Broadcast Centre, Media Village
Billing Street2:201 Wood Lane
Billing Street3:
Billing City:London
Billing State/Province:-
Billing Postal Code:W12 7TP
Billing Country:GB
Billing Phone:+44.02080082369
Billing Phone Ext.:
Billing FAX:+44.02080082199
Billing FAX Ext.:
Billing Email:domain.manager@bbc.co.uk
Tech ID:mKn-14466960
Tech Name:Domain Technician
Tech Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Tech Street1:Broadcasting House
Tech Street2:Portland Place
Tech Street3:
Tech City:London
Tech State/Province:-
Tech Postal Code:W1A 1AA
Tech Country:GB
Tech Phone:+44.02080083596
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:+44.02080082199
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email:domain.technician@bbc.co.uk
Name Server:NS.BBC.CO.UK
Name Server:NS1.THDO.BBC.CO.UK
bbctvlicence.net Domain Name: BBCTVLICENCE.NET
Registrar: EMARKMONITOR INC. DBA MARKMONITOR
Whois Server: whois.markmonitor.com
Referral URL: http://www.markmonitor.com
Name Server: NS.BBC.CO.UK
Name Server: NS1.THLS.BBC.CO.UK
Name Server: NS1.THNY.BBC.CO.UK
Name Server: NS1.THDO.BBC.CO.UK
Status: REGISTRAR-LOCK EPP
Status: clientDeleteProhibited EPP
Status: clientTransferProhibited EPP
Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Updated Date: 12-Oct-2006
Creation Date: 12-Oct-2006
Expiration Date: 12-Oct-2008


The BBC also purchased these:


bbctvl.info Registrant Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:09:00 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 18:28:52 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:09:00 UTC
bbctvlicencing.info Registrant Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:13:23 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 18:33:32 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:13:23 UTC
bbctvlicense.info Registrant Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:16:19 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 18:35:54 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:16:19 UTC
bbctvlicensing.info Registrant Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:25:37 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 17:39:59 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:25:37 UTC
bbctvl.com Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Created on..............: 2006-Oct-12
Expires on..............: 2008-Oct-12
bbctvlicencing.com Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Created on..............: 2006-Oct-12
Expires on..............: 2008-Oct-12
bbctvlicense.com Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Created on..............: 2006-Oct-12
Expires on..............: 2008-Oct-12
bbctvlicensing.com Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Created on..............: 2006-Oct-12
Expires on..............: 2008-Oct-12
bbctvl.org Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:09:45 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 18:29:44 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:09:45 UTC
bbctvlicencing.org Registrant Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:14:06 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 18:34:22 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:14:06 UTC
bbctvlicense.org Registrant Organization:British Broadcasting Corporation
Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:17:56 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 18:36:56 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:17:56 UTC
bbctvlicensing.org Created On:12-Oct-2006 17:26:53 UTC
Last Updated On:12-Oct-2006 17:40:28 UTC
Expiration Date:12-Oct-2008 17:26:53 UTC
bbctvl.net Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Created on..............: 2006-Oct-12
Expires on..............: 2008-Oct-12
bbctvlicencing.net Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Created on..............: 2006-Oct-12
Expires on..............: 2008-Oct-12
bbctvlicense.net Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Created on..............: 2006-Oct-12
Expires on..............: 2008-Oct-12
bbctvlicensing.net Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Created on..............: 2006-Oct-12
Expires on..............: 2008-Oct-12
bbctvl.biz Registrant Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation
Domain Registration Date: Thu Oct 12 17:07:34 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Sat Oct 11 23:59:59 GMT 2008
bbctvlicencing.biz Registrant Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation
Domain Registration Date: Thu Oct 12 17:12:11 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Sat Oct 11 23:59:59 GMT 2008
bbctvlicense.biz Registrant Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation
Domain Registration Date: Thu Oct 12 17:14:30 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Sat Oct 11 23:59:59 GMT 2008
bbctvlicensing.biz Registrant Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation
Domain Registration Date: Thu Oct 12 17:18:45 GMT 2006
Domain Expiration Date: Sat Oct 11 23:59:59 GMT 2008


A few days later, the BBC added five more to their collection:


bbctvlicence.co.uk Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registered on: 16-Oct-2006
Renewal date: 16-Oct-2008
bbctvl.co.uk Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registered on: 16-Oct-2006
Renewal date: 16-Oct-2008
bbctvlicencing.co.uk Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registered on: 16-Oct-2006
Renewal date: 16-Oct-2008
bbctvlicense.co.uk Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registered on: 16-Oct-2006
Renewal date: 16-Oct-2008
bbctvlicensing.co.uk Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registered on: 16-Oct-2006
Renewal date: 16-Oct-2008


The BBC must have money to burn. Fortunately, it's not mine.

Perhaps a clarification is in order. The reason why this website is called "BBCtvLicence" is because that is what it is about: the BBC TV Licence. It is a descriptive name that is relevant to the website's subject matter.

This website does not purport to be BBC/TVL. The opening paragraph on the homepage makes it clear this is a personal website.


Update, November 2009: oops, I missed a few:

bbclicence.com Name Server: BBC.CO.UK
Registered on: 06-feb-2007
Renewal date: 06-feb-2011
bbclicence.co.uk Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registered on: 06-feb-2007
Renewal date: 06-feb-2011
bbclicence.biz Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registered on: 06-feb-2007
Renewal date: 05-feb-2011
bbclicence.org Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registered on: 06-feb-2007
Renewal date: 06-feb-2011
bbclicence.info Registrant: British Broadcasting Corporation
Registered on: 06-feb-2007
Renewal date: 06-feb-2011
bbclicence.net Name Server: BBC.CO.UK
Registered on: 06-feb-2007
Renewal date: 06-feb-2011


Update, February 2010: it appears the BBC thinks this website is engaged in "questionable purposes". A member of the public (thanks, Chug) applied to the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act to ask why they purchased the above domain names. The BBC replied: "Prevention of damage to the TV Licensing brand caused by similarly worded sites being used for illegal or questionable purposes".

Click here for the full BBC FIO response, 10 February 2010


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