DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION AGREEMENT
.com, .net, .org, .biz, .info and .name registrations only
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This domain name registration agreement ('Registration Agreement') is submitted by you,
the applicant for, and on registration, the licence holder of a domain name
(the "Registrant") to Melbourne IT Limited ACN 073 716 793 ('Melbourne IT')
for the purpose of registering a domain name on the Internet. Clauses 1-19
set out the general provisions governing all domain name registrations under
this Registration Agreement. Clauses 20 - 22 set out the additional provisions
specific to .com, .net and .org domain name registrations. Clause 23 sets out
the additional provisions specific to multi-lingual domain name registrations.
Clause 24 sets out the additional provisions specific to .biz , .info and
.name domain name pre-registrations and registrations. If this Registration
Agreement is accepted by Melbourne IT, Registrant agrees to be bound by the
terms and conditions of this Registration Agreement in respect of any .com,
.net, .org, .biz, .info or .name domain name pre-registrations or registrations
submitted by Registrant to Melbourne IT.
Melbourne IT is an accredited Registrar of Internet Corporation
For Assigned Names and Numbers ('ICANN'). Verisign Global Registry
Services is the registry administrator responsible for administering the
.com, .net, .org domain name registry. NeuLevel, Inc is the registry administrator
responsible for administering the .biz domain name registry. Afilias Ltd
is the registry administrator responsible for administering the .info
domain name registry. Global Name Registry Ltd is the registry administrator
responsible for administering the .name domain name registry.
- Licensing of Domain Name
Registrant remains the responsible contracting party under
this Registration Agreement, even if Registrant licenses use of the domain name to a third party.
- Dispute Policy
Registrant agrees, as a condition to submitting this
Registration Agreement, and if the Registration Agreement is accepted
by Melbourne IT, that on successful registration of any domain name under
this Agreement the Registrant is bound by Melbourne IT's current dispute
policy and the dispute policy procedures. Registrant acknowledges that the
dispute policy described in this clause 4 is the Uniform Domain Name Dispute
Resolution Policy (the "URDP Dispute Policy"). Registrant agrees that in respect
of the pre-registration or registration of .biz, .info and .name domain names,
other dispute policies may apply as specified by the registry administrator of
those domain names from time to time, as described in more detail in clause 24A(4)
for .biz, in clause 24B(2) for .info and in clause 24C(3) for .name
(the "Other Dispute Policies"). Registrant agrees that Melbourne IT
may change or modify the UDRP Dispute Policy, incorporated by reference herein,
at any time. Registrant agrees that Registrant's maintaining the registration
of a domain name after changes or modifications to the UDRP Dispute Policy
become effective constitutes Registrant's continued acceptance of these
changes or modifications. Registrant agrees that any dispute relating to
registration or use of its domain name (and which is not the subject of
the Other Dispute Policies) will be subject to the provisions specified
in the UDRP Dispute Policy. Without prejudice to other potentially
applicable jurisdictions, Registrant submits to the jurisdiction
of the courts as provided in the UDRP Dispute Policy. The UDRP
Dispute Policy can be viewed at www.inww.com/policies/gtlddispute.php3.
The UDRP Dispute Policy procedure can be viewed at http://www.inww.com/policies/gtldrules.php3.
Registrant agrees that if this Registration Agreement is completed
by an agent for the Registrant, such as an Administrative Contact/Agent,
the Registrant is nonetheless bound as a principal by all terms and conditions herein,
including the relevant domain name dispute policy.
- Limitation of Liability
To the extent permitted by law, Registrant agrees that neither
Melbourne IT nor the registry administrator has any liability to
the Registrant or the Registrant's agent for any loss Registrant may
incur in connection with Melbourne IT's processing of this Registration Agreement,
Melbourne IT's processing of any pre-registration application or application for a domain name,
the processing of any authorized modification to the domain name's record during the
covered registration period, or the failure by the Registrant's agent to pay a
pre-registration or registration fee or renewal fee, or as a result of the application
of the provisions of the relevant domain name dispute policy. Registrant agrees that
in no event will the liability of Melbourne IT under this Agreement for any matter
exceed, in the sole option of Melbourne IT, the re-supply of the services again or
the fee paid to Melbourne IT for the provision of the services .
Registrant agrees to indemnify, keep indemnified and hold both Melbourne IT
and the registry administrator, their directors, officers, employees and agents
harmless from and against all and any and all claims, damages, liabilities,
costs and expenses (including reasonable legal fees and expenses) arising out
of or relating to Registrant's domain name registration or pre-registration, or
to the Registrant's use of the domain name.
Registrant agrees that failure to abide by any provision of
this Registration Agreement or the relevant domain name dispute policy
(including, without limitation, any domain name dispute policy that applies
during a pre-registration period) may be considered by Melbourne IT to be a
material breach and that Melbourne IT may provide a notice, describing the
breach, to the Registrant. If, within thirty (30) days of the date of such notice,
the Registrant fails to provide evidence, which is reasonably satisfactory to
Melbourne IT, that it has not breached its obligations, then Melbourne IT may
delete Registrant's registration of the domain name. Any such breach by a Registrant
shall not be deemed to be excused simply because Melbourne IT did not act earlier in
response to that, or any other, breach by the Registrant. Notice may be given by mail,
facsimile or electronic means.
- No Warranty by Melbourne IT
Registrant agrees that neither a pre-registration application
nor a registration of a domain name grants any legal rights of ownership of
the relevant domain name, nor does it confer immunity from objection to the
pre-registration, registration or use of the domain name.
Registrant warrants that, to the best of Registrant's knowledge and
belief, neither its registration of a domain name nor the manner in which it is directly
or indirectly used infringes the legal rights of a third party. Breach of this warranty
will constitute a material breach.
Registrant agrees that Melbourne IT may delete a Registrant's
domain name if any information required to be supplied by the Registrant
under this Registration Agreement, or subsequent modification(s) thereto,
is false or misleading, or conceals or omits any information Melbourne
IT would likely consider material to its decision to approve this
- Right of Refusal
Registrant acknowledges that the registry administrator or ICANN
policy may provide that registration of certain domain names is prohibited.
Melbourne IT, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to refuse to approve
the Registration Agreement for any Registrant. Registrant agrees that the
submission of this Registration Agreement does not obligate Melbourne IT
to accept this Registration Agreement. Registrant agrees that Melbourne IT
is not liable for loss or damage that may result from Melbourne IT's refusal
to accept this Registration Agreement.
- Change in Registrar
Registrant agrees that it can change its Registrar for an existing
domain name only in accordance with registry administrator policy. Registrant
agrees it may not change its Registrar for a period of sixty (60) days after
initial registration of the domain name with Melbourne IT.
- Suspension, Cancellation, Transfer
Registrant agrees that registration of its domain name shall be
subject to suspension, cancellation or transfer by any ICANN procedure,
or by any registry administrator procedure approved by ICANN policy:
to correct mistakes by Registrar or the registry administrator in registering the domain name;
for the resolution of disputes concerning the domain name; or
in case of arbitration or court proceedings being commenced with respect to the rights to the domain name.
- Non payment
Registrant agrees that failure to pay any Registration fee when due (as evidenced for example by, without
limitation, Registrant's credit card company notifying Melbourne IT of Registrant disputing
the payment of, or refusing to pay such Registration fee, or where the Registrant's
credit card payment has been declined or reversed) will entitle Melbourne IT to immediately
transfer the relevant domain name from the Registrant to Melbourne IT, at its sole discretion.
Registrant acknowledges that Melbourne IT will own all rights of the registered domain name
holder in respect of any domain name transferred to Melbourne IT under this clause 15,
including the right to sell the domain name to a third party. Melbourne IT may in its
sole discretion re-transfer the relevant domain name to the Registrant subject to the
Registrant's payment of any outstanding Registration fee, and Registrant's payment of
Melbourne IT's re-transfer fee of US$25 (exclusive of local taxes).
Registrant agrees that the terms of this Registration Agreement are severable. If any
term or provision is declared invalid, it shall not affect the remaining terms or provisions,
which shall continue to be binding.
Registrant agrees that this Registration Agreement and the relevant domain name dispute policy
(including, without limitation, any domain name dispute policy that applies during a
pre-registration period) is the complete and exclusive agreement between Registrant and
Melbourne IT regarding the registration of Registrant's domain name. This Registration Agreement
and the relevant domain name dispute policy supersede all prior agreements and understandings,
whether established by custom, practice, policy, or precedent.
- Governing Law
Registrant agrees that this Registration Agreement is governed in all respects by and
construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia. By submitting this
Registration Agreement, Registrant consents to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the
Courts of Victoria (including the Victorian Registry of the Federal Court of Australia) and
all courts hearing appeals from such Courts.
Nothing in this Agreement may be construed as creating
the relationship of agency partnership or joint venture between the parties.
Failure by Melbourne IT to require Registrant to comply with a provision
of this agreement does not affect the full right to require any provision to
be performed at any time thereafter.
.com, .net, .org Domain Name Registrations
The Registration fee is payable with the Application.
Registration is not effective until the Registration fee has been paid and cleared.
The Registration is for the full period of years selected and
paid for at the time of Application or renewal.
All fees are non-refundable.
- Application Details
Registrant must provide to Melbourne IT the information set out in the
compulsory fields and may provide the information set out in the discretionary
fields of the Application ('Information'). Registrant warrants that all Information
provided is accurate and reliable. Registrant undertakes to promptly correct and update
Information during the registration period and to respond within fifteen (15)
calendar days to inquiries from Melbourne IT concerning the accuracy of compulsory Information.
- Use of Information
Registrant acknowledges Information obtained from Registrant will be |
transmitted to the registry administrator for registry use
publicly available as required by ICANN
used by Melbourne IT for inclusion in registers and data bases
produced by Melbourne IT or its licensees.
Registrant may access data provided and rectify any incorrect data
relating to Registrant through a registry key to be provided by Melbourne IT.
Registrant may provide a written authorisation to an agent to hold and use the
registry key. Registrant must inform Melbourne IT of its current agent as
required by Melbourne IT.
Registrant consents to the use of the Information for the purposes set out in
clauses 22.1.1 to 22.1.3. If Registrant does not consent to the use of the
Information for the purposes set out in clause 22.1.3, then the Registrant is
required to provide non consent verification stating name, address, date and
signed by the appropriate authorised individual. This must be sent to Melbourne IT
Limited, 120 King Street, Melbourne 3000 Australia
Registrant warrants that it has provided, or will provide, to any third party
individuals whose personal details the Registrant has provided to Melbourne IT,
the same information about use of those details as are set out in this clause 22,
and that the third parties individually have consented to use of their personal data.
Melbourne IT will not process Information in a manner incompatible with the
purposes and limitations set out in this clause 22. Melbourne IT will process
Melbourne IT will take reasonable precautions to protect personal information
obtained from Registrant from loss, misuse, unauthorised access or disclosure, alteration
- Special Provisions for ML.Registrations
Registrants who register a multilingual domain name [hereafter referred to as 'ML Registrations']
acknowledge that the system is currently in a testbed phase, is subject to change and that future
changes to standards by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) may cause the registrant's domain
name registration to become invalid and be deleted or may require changes to the internal
representation of a domain name, or may require a change to the period of the licence.
The registrant's ML.Registration is stored in the Registry's database in an ASCII-compatible
representation as defined by the RACE Internet-Draft. The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
has not finalized multilingual standards. In the future, revisions to the Internet draft documents
The Registrant's ML.Registration to become invalid and be deleted.
Modification to the Registry's internal representation of the domain name.
Such occurrences will be resolved on a case-by-case basis, as they occur.
REGISTRANTS WHO REGISTER AN ML.REGISTRATION DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK AND RELEASE,
DISCHARGE AND HOLD HARMLESS MELBOURNE IT, ITS EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS AND THE REGISTRY
FROM AND AGAINST ALL CLAIMS, LOSS OR DEMANDS FROM REGISTRANT AND ANY THIRD PARTY
ARISING OUT OF THE INVALIDITY OR DELETION OF AN ML.REGISTRATION, 0R ANY CHANGE OR VARIATION TO,
OR ANY RESTRICTION ON OR INABILITY TO USE AN ML.REGISTRATION. NO REFUND OF ANY PART 0F REGISTRATION
FEES PAID OR PAYABLE WILL BE MADE IF AN ML.REGISTRATION IS CHANGED, DELETED OR IS NOT ABLE TO BE USED.
.biz, .info and .name Domain Name Pre-registrations and Registrations
- .biz, .info and .name Domain Names
- Should you seek to register a .BIZ second level domain name, you must contractually agree to the following terms:
- BIZ RESTRICTIONS. Registrations in the .biz TLD must be used or intended to be
used primarily for bona fide business or commercial purposes. For purposes of the .biz
Registration Restrictions ("Restrictions"), "bona fide business or commercial use"
shall mean the bona fide use or bona fide intent to use the domain name or any content,
software, materials, graphics or other information thereon, to permit Internet users to
access one or more host computers through the DNS:
- To exchange goods, services, or property of any kind;
- In the ordinary course of trade or business; or
- To facilitate (i) the exchange of goods, services, information,
or property of any kind; or, (ii) the ordinary course of trade or business.
Registering a domain name solely for the purposes of (1) selling, trading or leasing
the domain name for compensation, or (2) the unsolicited offering to sell, trade or
lease the domain name for compensation shall not constitute a "bona fide business or commercial use" of that domain name.
- BIZ CERTIFICATION. As a .biz domain name Registrant, you hereby certify to the
- The registered domain name will be used primarily for bona fide business or
commercial purposes and not (i) exclusively for personal use; or (ii) solely
for the purposes of (1) selling, trading or leasing the domain name for compensation,
or (2) the unsolicited offering to sell, trade or lease the domain name for
compensation. For more information on the .biz restrictions,
which are incorporated herein by reference, please see:
- The domain name Registrant has the authority to enter into the registration
- The registered domain name is reasonably related to the Registrant's business
or intended commercial purpose at the time of registration.
- PROVISION OF REGISTRATION DATA
Provision of Registration Data. As part of the registration process, you are required
to provide the registry administrator with certain information and to update this information to keep
it current, complete and accurate. This information includes (i) your full name, postal address,
e-mail address, voice telephone number, and fax number if available; (ii) the name of an authorized
person for contact purposes in the case of a Registrant that is an organization, association,
or corporation; (iii) the IP addresses of the primary nameserver and any secondary nameserver(s)
for the domain name; (iv) the corresponding names of those nameservers; (v) the full name,
postal address, e-mail address, voice telephone number, and fax number if available of the
technical contact for the domain name; (vi) the full name, postal address, e-mail address,
voice telephone number, and fax number if available of the administrative contact for
the domain name; (vii) the name, postal address, e-mail address, voice telephone number,
and fax number if available of the billing contact for the domain name; and (viii) any
remark concerning the registered domain name that should appear in the Whois directory.
You agree and understand that the foregoing registration data will be publicly available
and accessible on the Whois directory as required by ICANN/Registry Policy and may be
sold in bulk in accordance with the ICANN Accreditation Agreement (the "ICANN Agreement"),
available at ICANN's site. For bulk services in respect of the registration data which are
provided by Melbourne IT, if the Registrant does not consent to the use of such information
for inclusion in registers and data bases produced by Melbourne IT or its licensees, then the
Registrant is required to provide non consent verification stating name, address, date
and signed by the appropriate authorised individual. This must be sent to Melbourne IT
Limited, 120 King Street, Melbourne 3000 Australia.
Inaccurate or Unreliable Data. You hereby represent and warrant that the data provided in
the domain name registration application is true, correct, up to date and complete and that you
will continue to keep all the information provided up to date. Your willful provision of inaccurate
or unreliable information, your willful failure promptly to update information provided to the
registry administrator, or any failure to respond for over five calendar days to our inquiries
addressed to the e-mail address of the administrative, billing or technical contact then appearing
in the Whois directory with respect to an domain name concerning the accuracy of contact details
associated with any registration(s) or the registration of any domain name(s) registered by or
through you or your account, shall constitute a breach of this Agreement. Any information
collected by the registry administrator concerning an identified or identifiable natural
person ("Personal Data") will be used in connection with the registration of your domain
name(s) and for the purposes of this Agreement and as required or permitted by the ICANN
Agreement or any ICANN/Registry Policy.
- DOMAIN NAME DISPUTE POLICY. If you reserved or registered a .biz domain name
through the registry administrator, you agree to be bound by our current domain name dispute
policy that is incorporated herein and made a part of this Agreement by reference. Please take
the time to familiarize yourself with that policy. In addition, you hereby acknowledge that
you have read and understood and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the
following documents, as they may be amended from time to time, which are hereby incorporated
and made an integral part of this Agreement:
- The Start-up Trademark Opposition Policy ("STOP"), available at
- The Restrictions Dispute Resolution Criteria and Rules, available at
The STOP sets forth the terms and conditions in connection with a dispute between a
Registrant of a .biz domain name ("Registrant") with any third party (other than registry
administrator or registrar) over the registration or the use of a .biz domain name
registered by Registrant that is subject to the Intellectual Property Claim Service.
The Intellectual Property Claim Service is a service introduced by Registry administrator
to notify a trademark or service mark holder ("Claimant") that a second-level domain name
has been registered in which that Claimant claims intellectual property rights. In
accordance with the STOP and its associated Rules, those Claimants will have the right
to challenge registrations through independent ICANN-accredited dispute resolution providers.
The RDRP sets forth the terms under which any allegation that a domain name is not used
primarily for business or commercial purposes shall be enforced on a case-by-case, fact
specific basis by an independent ICANN-accredited dispute provider. None of the violations
of the Restrictions will be enforced directly by or through Registry administrator.
Registry administrator will not review, monitor, or otherwise verify that any particular
domain name is being used primarily for business or commercial purposes or that a domain name
is being used in compliance with the SUDRP or UDRP processes.
- DOMAIN NAME DISPUTE POLICY MODIFICATIONS. You agree that the registry administrator,
in its sole discretion, may modify its dispute policy. The registry administrator will
post any such revised policy on its Web site at least thirty (30) calendar days before
it becomes effective. You agree that, by maintaining the reservation or registration of
your domain name after modifications to the dispute policy become effective, you have
agreed to these modifications.
- RESERVATION OF RIGHTS. Melbourne IT and the .biz registry administrator,
NeuLevel, Inc. expressly reserve the right to deny, cancel or transfer any registration
that it deems necessary, in its discretion, to protect the integrity and stability of the
registry, to comply with any applicable laws, government rules or requirements, requests
of law enforcement, in compliance with any dispute resolution process, or to avoid any
liability, civil or criminal, on the part of Melbourne IT and/or NeuLevel, Inc., as well
as their affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors and employees. Melbourne IT and
NeuLevel, Inc. also reserve the right to freeze a domain name during resolution of a dispute.
- Should you seek to register a .INFO second level domain name, you must contractually
agree to the following terms:
- Registrant consents to the use, copying, distribution, publication, modification,
and other processing of the Registrant's Personal Data by the .INFO registry administrator,
and its designees and agents in a manner consistent with the purposes specified pursuant in
its contract with ICANN.
- Registrant agrees to submit to proceedings under the UDRP Dispute Policy and
comply with the requirements set forth by the registry administrator for
domain names registered during the Sunrise Period,
These policies are subject to modification by the registry administrator.
- Registrant agrees to immediately correct and update the registration
information for any domain name during its registration term, failure to
correct this information shall constitute a breach of this Agreement.
Registrant acknowledges that the registry administrator will have no
liability of any kind for any loss or liability resulting from the proceedings
and processes relating to the Sunrise Period or the Land Rush Period
including, without limitation: (a) the ability or inability of a Registrant
to obtain a domain name during either the Sunrise or Land Rush periods,
and (b) the results of any dispute over a domain name registration which
is processed during the Sunrise period.
- Registrar and the registry administrator expressly reserve the
right to deny, cancel or transfer any registration that it deems necessary,
in its discretion, to protect the integrity and stability of the registry,
to comply with any applicable laws, government rules or requirements,
requests of law enforcement, in compliance with any applicable dispute
resolution process, or to avoid any liability, civil or criminal, on the
part of Registrar and/or the registry administrator as well as their affiliates,
subsidiaries, officers, directors and employees. Registrar and the registry
administrator also reserve the right to freeze a domain name during resolution
of a dispute.
- Should You seek to register a .name third level domain name You must
contractually agree to the following terms:
- You acknowledge that your right to register a .name domain name
is subject to You complying with the .name eligibility requirements,
which are set out on the web site of the .name registry administrator,
and which are currently located at
(the "Eligibility Requirements"). You agree that your registration of
any .name domain name will be in compliance with the terms of the Eligibility
Requirements, as these may be amended by the .name registry administrator
from time to time.
- You acknowledge that your right to register a .name domain name is
subject to You complying with the .name acceptable use policy, which is set out
on the web site of the registry administrator, and which is currently located
(the "Acceptable Use Policy").
You agree that Your registration of any .name domain name will
be in compliance with the terms of the Acceptable Use Policy,
as these may be amended by the .name registry administrator
from time to time.
- In addition to the UDRP Process described in Clause 4,
You agree that on successful registration of a .name domain name,
You will be bound by the Eligibility Requirements Disputes Resolution
Policy (the "ERDRP"). The ERDRP is set out on the web site of the
registry administrator, and is currently located at
and should be read in conjunction with the following related information:
- Summary of Eligibility Requirements Dispute Resolution Policy
(which is currently located at
- Disputes: Filing a Complaint (which is currently located at
- ERDRP Rules (which is currently located at
- ERDRP Dispute Resolution Providers (which is currently located at
You agree to be bound by the ERDRP, as this policy
(and any related information as described above) may be amended from time to
time by the registry administrator.