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    "Registrants will be required to certify" ???
    by Anonymous on Monday July 26 2004, @04:55AM (#14035)

    http://www.icann.org/tlds/biz4/TLDPolicyPropbiz.ht m

    III. REGISTRATION RESTRICTIONS (Required for restricted TLDs only) (RFP Sections E16-E21)

    JVTeam intends to establish a purely commercial and business TLD. The need for a purely commercial space on the Internet is clear. Despite the existence of numerous TLDs on the Internet presently, none operate in a truly commercial manner that are available for consumers to easily navigate the World Wide Web to locate legitimate businesses and entities.

    Despite the existence of numerous TLDs on the Internet, it remains difficult, if not impossible, for consumers to locate legitimate businesses on the Internet. When initially developed, the .com TLD was designed for commercial use only. However, because of the fact that there was never any enforcement of the commercial nature of .com, either on the front-end through representations or verifications, or on the back-end through dispute resolution, the commercial requirement for .com was dropped. As a result, even though many entities were successful in registering their business name as a .com, an even larger number of trademark, service mark, trade name, and business owners were forced to adopt domain names that may be similar, but not identical, to their mark or name. In addition, many of the desired commercial domain names have been adopted by persons or entities using the mark for personal, political or other noncommercial purposes. There currently exists no place on the Internet for entirely commercial domain names. The lack of such a space limits legitimate e-commerce and often times creates consumer confusion with respect to use of the Internet. Absent such a commercial space, users of the Internet are forced to weed through countless personal, noncommercial, or even non-used Websites, to locate the information they need.
    Describe in detail the criteria for registration in the TLD. Provide a full explanation of the reasoning behind the specific policies chosen.

    JVTeam proposes .biz as a restricted TLD. Only businesses and entities desiring to use the domain name for legitimate business and commercial purposes may register domain names in .biz. This restriction forms the core policy for .biz.

    The need to keep individual personal uses out of .biz is apparent. For the reasons set forth above, a purely commercial TLD will provide a forum for businesses to advertise and conduct their business on the Internet in such a manner that make it easier for consumers to locate them. To avoid the prospect of the .biz TLD becoming a generic unrestricted TLD, like .com, where personal noncommercial uses of the domain names are permitted, such registrations will not be allowed.

    Registrants will be required to certify that the name chosen is reasonably related to the business of the registrant. Violation of this principle (i.e., [company]stinks.biz likely would not be a commercial use) would be a violation of the TLD charter and could result in cancellation of the name by the registry pursuant to a UCDRP challenge.
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