NeuLevel announces new '.biz' allocation system

International

NeuLevel, the company responsible for allocating the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) '.biz', has announced a new method for deciding on contested names, dropping its old method. NeuLevel has been involved in a lawsuit alleging that it is running an illegal lottery because it charges for an opportunity to obtain a contested name.

Last year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers added seven new domains to the pool of gTLDs ('.biz', '.info', '.name', '.pro', '.museum', '.aero' and '.coop'), and selected NeuLevel as the company to administer '.biz'. NeuLevel has received more than 500,000 applications for '.biz' addresses, and approximately 39,000 of those names are on hold while NeuLevel resolves the lawsuit.

The company has announced to registrars that it will institute a new method in February for allocating the contested names, which have drawn multiple registrants. Applicants in the new round will not be charged a fee unless they get the name they want. NeuLevel will return all existing applications and refund its $2 portion of each application fee to registrars who promise to pass it on to their customers.

Once the 39,000 contested names have been allocated after another round of intellectual property claims review, then a round-robin distribution of the remaining names will be conducted. NeuLevel is hoping to have the contested names on the Web by March.

Douglas Wood and Linda Goldstein, Hall Dickler Kent Goldstein & Wood LLP, New York

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