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Username: InternetAdvocate
Date/Time: Mon, September 17, 2001 at 12:37 AM GMT (Sun, September 16, 2001 at 5:37 PM PDT)
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Subject: Domainregistry is honest about Dot-Biz


.biz Update - September 9, 2001: In case you've been wondering why Inc. has not accepted "applications" for .biz names (while some other registrars have) it centered around whether the process of applying for .biz names violated state lottery or other laws. We were not able to determine whether we were legally allowed to accept money for .biz "applications", when we couldn't guarantee to customers that a name would actually get registered if multiple parties applied for the same exact domain name. Well, as has been reported in the NY Times on 7/30/2001 ( Inc. was quoted in that story), a class action lawsuit, has been filed in California against Neulevel (the .biz registry operator), ICANN, and Registrars that had been accepting, and, ironically, had not been accepting, applications.

We will post more information on how this effects the registration of .biz names as soon as it is available. If you have filed an IP Claim, and selected Inc. as your registrar, note that we will not be able to submit an application for you. (Thanks for choosing us, but you will need to find another registrar to take your application for the name! As soon as the legal uncertainty over .biz disappears, we will begin registering .biz names.)

Why some other registrars are accepting applications: We have received questions from many customers asking why others have been accepting pre-registration (or applications) for .biz names while, as mentioned, has not. First, many of those accepting applications are resellers of ICANN accredited registrars, and are not aware of the potential legal problems. Additionally, the suit has not been served on all ICANN accredited registrars, so it is possible that they are not even aware of it or the potential problems. Lastly, many ICANN accredited registrars may have made their own analysis of the legal merits of the lawsuit, or the application process, and decided to take their chances, and perhaps clean up the "mess" later.



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