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[SEAOC] InterNIC Policy Revision

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The following notice has been sent to all administrative contacts
for domain names registered with the InterNIC.  It is only an
informational posting and does not necessarily imply that the
name is involved in a dispute issue.  The InterNIC has distributed
this announcement only as an effort to keep domain name registrants
appraised of changes to policy.

If you have any questions regarding registration issues, please
contact hostmaster(--nospam--at) or the Help Desk at
+1 703 742 4777.


Revision 02 to the Network Solutions' Domain Name Dispute
Policy went into effect on Monday, September 9, 1996.  The
full text of the Policy is available at:

The following summarizes the significant changes between
Revision 01 and Revision 02:

  Text and format edited with the objective of making the
  policy easier to read and understand.

  Introduction incorporates statements that previously had
  been scattered throughout the Policy, and specifies:

    Second-level domain names are registered on "first-come,
    first-serve" basis.

    Network Solutions does not determine legality of domain
    name registrations.

    Applicant represents that registration of the domain name
    does not interfere with the rights of any third party,
    and that the domain name is not being registered for any
    unlawful purpose.

    Network Solutions does not act as arbiter of disputes.

    The Policy does not confer any rights upon complainants.

  Section 3:  Indemnification is limited to loss or damages
  awarded as the result of or related to registration and use
  of a domain name.

  Section 5(b):  Before requesting Network Solutions to take
  action pursuant to the Policy, trademark owners are required
  to notify domain name registrants that their registration
  and use of the domain name violates the legal rights of the
  trademark owner.

  Section 5(c):  Network Solutions will only take action under
  the Policy if they are provided both a certified copy of a
  federal trademark registration certificate and a copy of the
  notice provided to the domain name registrant.

  Section 6(b):  In those instances when a domain name registrant
  is able to continue their use of the domain name, they are not
  required to provide additional indemnification beyond that
  already specified in the Policy.  Additionally, the bonding
  requirement has been deleted.

  Section 6(c):  Network Solutions will accept a domain name
  registrant's trademark only if it was registered before the
  date of Network Solutions' request for proof of ownership or
  any third party's notification of a dispute to the registrant,
  whichever is earlier.

  Section 6(e):  The timing of the "Hold" status is clarified.

  Section 7:  In those instances when either the domain name
  registrant or the trademark owner file suit against the other
  regarding the registration and use of the domain name prior to
  the domain name being placed on "Hold," Network Solutions will
  not place the domain name on "Hold" and will deposit control
  of the domain name into the registry of the court.

  Section 7(a):  When a domain name registrant files a law suit
  against a trademark owner, Network Solutions will waive the
  indemnification requirement.

  Section 7(c):  Network Solutions will abide by all court orders
  without being named as a party to a law suit.

  Section 7 (d):  If named as a party to a law suit, Network
  Solutions reserves the right to raise any and all defenses
  deemed appropriate.

  Section 9:  First class mail replaces Certified Mail as an
  acceptable method of providing notice.  In addition, e-mail has
  been deleted.