Users snap up new top-level domains

Web site operators are jumping at the chance to register easy-to-remember Web addresses, thanks to the newly introduced .biz and...

Web site operators are jumping at the chance to register easy-to-remember Web addresses, thanks to the newly introduced .biz and .info top-level domains.

Some 675,000 .info domain names have been registered since July, when the first applications were taken. The figures come from Afilias, a non-profit consortium named by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to maintain the registries.

More than 500,000 .biz addresses have been registered, according to registrar Neulevel. The domain finally went live in November after a Los Angeles judge dropped a court injunction against Neulevel. The plaintiffs in the case had argued that Neulevel was operating an illegal lottery by awarding contested domain names according to a drawing.

Contested .info domain names will be decided by an arbitration process in co-operation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation, said Sabine Armbrust, a spokeswoman for Afilias.

"In the first phase, until the end of September, only brand-name holders could register names. Any disputes should be resolved by the beginning of next year," she said.

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