Registration Standards & Rules

Before the Registry Operator will accept applications for registration from Registrar, all domain name applicants in the .biz TLD (“Applicants”) must:

  1. Enter into an electronic or paper registration agreement with the Registrar (“Registrar”), in accordance with the ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement (“Accreditation Agreement”) and this Agreement. Such electronic or paper registration agreement shall include, at a minimum, the following certifications:

a. The data provided in the domain name registration application is true, correct, up to date and complete; and

b. The registrant will keep the information provided above up to date.

  1. Certify in the Registration Agreement that to the best of its knowledge:

a. The registered domain name will be used primarily for bona fide business or commercial purposes and not (i) exclusively for personal use; or (ii) solely for the purposes of (1) selling, trading or leasing the domain name for compensation, or (2) the unsolicited offering to sell, trade or lease the domain name for compensation.

b. The domain name registrant has the authority to enter into the registration agreement; and The registered domain name is reasonably related to the registrant’s business or intended commercial purpose at the time of registration.

c. The registered domain name is reasonably related to the registrant’s business or intended commercial purpose at the time of registration.

For purposes of the .biz Registration Restrictions (“Restrictions”), “bona fide business or commercial use” shall mean the bona fide use or bona fide intent to use the domain name or any content, software, materials, graphics or other information thereon, to permit Internet users to access one or more host computers through the DNS:

  1. To exchange goods, services, or property of any kind;
  2. In the ordinary course of trade or business; or
  3. To facilitate (i) the exchange of goods, services, information, or property of any kind; or, (ii) the ordinary course of trade or business.

Registering a domain name solely for the purposes of (1) selling, trading or leasing the domain name for compensation, or (2) the unsolicited offering to sell, trade or lease the domain name for compensation shall not constitute a “bona fide business or commercial use” of that domain name.

For illustration purposes, the following shall not constitute a “bona fide business or commercial use” of a domain name:

  1. Using or intending to use the domain name exclusively for personal, noncommercial purposes; or
  2. Using or intending to use the domain name exclusively for the expression of noncommercial ideas (i.e., registering abcsucks.biz exclusively to criticize or otherwise express an opinion on the products or services of ABC company, with no other intended business or commercial purpose);
  3. Using the domain name for the submission of unsolicited bulk e-mail, phishing, pharming or other abusive or fraudulent purposes.

Incorporation of .biz Dispute Resolution Services

In addition, Registrar agrees to incorporate the following text (or translation of such text into relevant language) into their Registration Agreement:

“The Registrant acknowledges having read and understood and agrees to be bound by the terms and conditions of the following documents, as they may be amended from time to time, which are hereby incorporated and made an integral part of this Agreement:

  1. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, currently available at ICANN, and

The UDRP sets forth the terms and conditions in connection with a dispute between a Registrant and any party other than the Registry Operator or Registrar over the registration and use of an Internet domain name registered by Registrant.

  1. The Restrictions Dispute Resolution Criteria and Rules and National Arbitration Forum Supplemental Rules

The RDRP sets forth the terms under which any allegation that a domain name is not used primarily for business or commercial purposes shall be enforced on a case-by-case, fact specific basis by an independent ICANN-accredited dispute provider. None of the violations of the Restrictions will be enforced directly by or through Registry Operator. Registry Operator will not review, monitor, or otherwise verify that any particular domain name is being used primarily for business or commercial purposes or that a domain name is being used in compliance with the UDRP processes.

Reservation

Registry Operator opposes activities that promote, encourage or engage in terrorism or violence against people, animals, or property.  Any reported or otherwise identified potential use of a Neustar service for any of these purposes will be sent to the Office of the General Counsel, which will investigate the allegations and determine in Registry Operator’s sole discretion and in consultation with leadership of the relevant service, what, if any action to take based on the facts, the law, and the nature of the Neustar service in question.  Registry Operator reserves the right to share relevant information with law enforcement officials.

Registry Operator reserves the right to deny, cancel, place on registry-lock or hold, or transfer any registration that it deems necessary, in its discretion; (1) to protect the integrity and stability of the registry; (2) to comply with any applicable laws, government rules or requirements, requests of law enforcement, in compliance with any dispute resolution process; (3) to avoid any liability, civil or criminal, on the part of Registry Operator, as well as its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors, employees and stockholders; (4) for violations of this Agreement and its Exhibits; or (5) to correct mistakes made by Registry Operator or any Registrar in connection with a domain name registration. Registry Operator also reserves the right to lock or place on hold a domain name during resolution of a dispute.

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