Throughout this Description of TLD Policies, the following defined terms will be used. All defined terms will be written with initial capital letters in the main body of this application. The main body of the application follows the definitions.
The New TLD string granted as a result of this application. As stated in section E2, we are applying for “.biz”, “.firm”, “.ebiz”, “.real”, “.inc”.
The company or individual wishing to Register or Reserve a New TLD name.
The process by which a company requests to Reserve or Register a name under the New TLD.
The process by which a name under the New TLD is registered. There are two types of registrations: Business Name Registrations and Product Line Registrations (described in Sections E16.7.1 and E16.7.2).
Area of Business
When a business applies for Registration of an SLD it is required to specify the Area of Business (or field) in which it will be operating (see section E.5.0.2).
When a business applies for Registration of an SLD it is required to specify the country or countries in which it intends to operate (see section E.5.0.2).
The process by which the requested SLD is approved to be registered. If an Applicant is granted Name Approval this does not necessarily mean that they will be granted Business Approval. Both Name Approval and Business Approval are required before an Applicant’s Registration Application is approved.
The process by which the Applicant’s business is approved to register a name under the New TLD. If an Applicant is granted Business Approval this does not necessarily mean that they will be granted Name Approval. Both Business Approval and Name Approval are required before an Applicant’s Registration Application is approved.
The criteria that must be met by a business for it to achieve Business Approval for a Company Name Registration, (detailed in section E16.7.1) or that a product line must meet in order to be granted Business Approval for a Product Line Registration.
A business that meets the eligibility criteria.
Eligible Product Line
A product line that meets the eligibility criteria.
The process by which a business can reserve a name for future Registration (described in section E16.14).
Company Name Registration
The primary registration of an Eligible Business (see section E16.7.1).
Product Line Registration
Registration made by an Eligible Business for an SLD other than the SLD registered under the Company Name Registration (see section E16.7.2.).
The process by which an SLD can be transferred by a registrant to another business.
Staff of the TLD Management Group, or of an organization employed by the TLD Management Group to process Applications for Registration and to monitor sites after Registration.
SLDs under the New TLD can have a number of statuses. Some of these are visible to the world at large, and others only to the TLD Management Group and the Registry Operator:
Available: The SLD is available for Registration or Reservation. This status is visible to all.
Application in Process: An application has been accepted and the applicant has paid. This is divided into two sub-statuses.
(1) Pending Review when the application has not yet been assigned for review to an employee of the TLD Management Group.
(2) Under Review when the application has been assigned for review to an employee of the TLD Management Group. These sub-states are visible to the TLD Management Group and to the Registry Operator but not to the world at large.
See section E16.13 for an explanation of how these statuses are assigned.
Reserved: The SLD is not available for registration or reservation, but applicants wishing the SLD can join the Waiting List. This is divided into two sub-statuses.
(1) Reservation in Progress when an SLD has been reserved and the reservation period is in progress during which the applicant has the chance to file a full application.
(2) Awaiting Waiting List Response. The period during which an e-mail has been sent to a member of the waiting list and they have one week to file a full application or an application for Reservation. See explanation of Waiting List (section E16.4). These sub-states are visible to the TLD Management Group and to the Registry Operator, but not to the world at large.
Registered: The SLD has been registered.
If a name has status Reserved or Application in Process, an applicant can join the Waiting List for the name (see section E16.4).
A major trademark meeting various objective financial and business criteria (see section E5.0.6).
Prior Name Rights
Those individuals or entities that hold have a Major Mark, registered trademark, or an active SLD under another TLD will be said to have Prior Name Rights for the mark or site name in question.
Initial Name Lottery
In the first 60 days from the launch of the New TLD, a “Name Lottery” will be held as a way of smoothly and equitably managing any initial “rush for name” and to protect the Intellectual Property of those with Prior Name Rights (see section E11.2). Winning the Initial Name Lottery will not automatically grant the rights to a requested TLD. Rather, the winner will obtain the right to have their Application for the TLD assessed according to the policies specified in this document.
Primary Name: The SLD requested by the Applicant (as opposed to Substantially Similar Names).
Substantially Similar Names
Names which are substantially similar to a Primary Name applied for by an Applicant. The Applicant will be able to either cheaply register such names, or to prevent them being registered by other applicants (see section E5.0.5).
Listing of Names Applied For
A listing of SLDs in alphabetical order for which the status is “Application in Process”. The list will allow a simple method to lodge a protest for those who believe that their trademark rights will be infringed by the proposed SLD (see section E5.0.4).
A registrar that has been approved to accept applications for the registrations of names under the New TLD (see section E4.4).
New TLD Dispute Resolution Policy
This will be referred to in this document as NTDRP. The NTDRP consists of a slightly expanded version of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy to which all registrants of names in the New TLD will be required to agree (see section E6).
TLD Management Group
A group established by Affinity.com, as explained in the Registry Operators Proposal and the Sponsoring Organization Proposal, which has the functions of running the New TLD Registry in accordance with the policies in this document.