The Internet Opens Its Doors for .BIZ-ness

By: Corey Ciocchetti Starting on October 1, 2001, .BIZ will become active as the Internet’s newest top-level domain; its space reserved solely for businesses engaging in “bona fide” commercial activities. This space has the potential to reinvigorate, at least partly, the immense economic potential of the Internet by stimulating a multitude of e-commerce transactions so common only a few years ago. This iBreif explores the history of how and why this new top-level domain came into being. Following this history lies a discussion of the current .BIZ registration process as well as an analysis of the corresponding Intellectual Property Claims system. Download Full Article (PDF) Cite: 2001 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0034

Hard Lessons: Guiding America’s Approach to Third Generation Wireless Policy

By: Aaron Futch The publicity over license auctions in Europe during 2000 created an atmosphere in which the prices that companies paid for third-generation wireless licenses received more attention than their actual plans to implement the technology. As American policymakers and corporate boardrooms consider the future of this technology here in America, it is vital that we develop a coherent and well-designed allocation process and then quickly move on to meatier problems. Download Full Article (PDF) Cite: 2001 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0033

Are Domain Names Property? The Controversy

By: Christine Soares Do domain names constitute tangible property? Since domain names may be purchased or transferred, the answer at first glance would appear to be “yes”. Congress has also dictated that domain names corresponding closely to existing trademarks may be considered tangible property under certain circumstances. However, a recent case involving the lurid and lucrative domain name “” has determined otherwise. This iBrief examines the impact of characterizing domain names as tangible or intangible property on the causes of action available for domain name litigation. Download Full Article (PDF) Cite: 2001 Duke L. & Tech. Rev. 0032