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Proposed Unsponsored TLD Agreement: Appendix I (.biz)

Posted: 28 February 2001


REGISTRY CODE OF CONDUCT

NeuLevel will at all times operate as a trusted neutral third-party provider of Registry Services. NeuLevel recognizes that domain names are the means by which businesses, consumers, and individuals gain access to, navigate, and reap the benefits of the global Internet. These benefits cannot be fully realized, however, unless DNS resources are administered in a fair, efficient, and neutral manner that makes them available to all parties desiring to provide DNS services. Therefore, in its provision of neutral Registry Services, NeuLevel will comply with the following Registry Code of Conduct.

1. Other than in connection with the distribution of dividends or other profits to NeuLevel's members and shareholders, NeuLevel will not, and will require that its subcontractors do not, directly or indirectly, show any preference or provide any special consideration to any DNS registry operator or ICANN-Accredited Registrars in the .biz Registry versus any other DNS registry operator or ICANN-Accredited Registrars in the .biz Registry, as those terms are defined by ICANN, including the registry or registrar owned by a member of NeuLevel.

2. All ICANN-Accredited Registrars in the .biz Registry shall have equal access to Registry Services provided by NeuLevel as set forth in Appendix H.

3. NeuLevel and its members and subcontractors shall not in any way attempt to warehouse or register domain names in their own right, except for names designated for operational purposes in compliance with Subsections 3.6.1 and 3.6.2 of the Registry Agreement. In its Monthly Report to ICANN, NeuLevel shall include a list of all names designated for operational purposes.

4. Any shareholder, subsidiary, affiliate, or other related entity of NeuLevel that also operates as a provider of registrar services shall maintain separate books of account with respect to its registrar operations separate from those of NeuLevel.

5. Neither NeuLevel, nor its shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, or other related entities shall have access to user data or proprietary information of an ICANN-Accredited Registrar, except as necessary for registry management and operations.

6. NeuLevel will ensure that no user data or proprietary information from any ICANN-Accredited Registrar is disclosed to its affiliates, subsidiaries, or other related entities, except as necessary for registry management and operations.

7. Confidential information about NeuLevel's business services will not be shared with employees of any DNS registry operator or ICANN-Accredited Registrars, except as necessary for registry management and operations.

8. No member of NeuLevel's Board of Directors will simultaneously serve on the Board of Directors of an ICANN-Accredited Registrar that obtains Registry Services from NeuLevel.

9. No employee of NeuLevel will hold a greater than 5% interest, financial or otherwise in a company that obtains Registry Services from NeuLevel.

10. No employee of NeuLevel will also be an employee of any NeuLevel subsidiary, affiliate or other related entity that also operates as an ICANN-Accredited Registrar.

11. NeuLevel will ensure that no user data from or proprietary information of any registry operated or controlled by NeuLevel is disclosed to any other registry operated or controlled by NeuLevel.

12. NeuLevel will conduct internal neutrality reviews on a regular basis. In addition, NeuLevel and ICANN may mutually agree on an independent party ("Neutrality Analyst") that ICANN may hire, at ICANN's expense, to conduct a neutrality review of NeuLevel, ensuring that NeuLevel and its owners comply with all the provisions of this Registry Operator Code of Conduct. The neutrality review may be conducted as often as once per year. NeuLevel will provide the Neutrality Analyst with reasonable access to information and records appropriate to complete the review. The results of the review of the Neutrality Analyist will be provided to ICANN and shall be deemed to be confidential and proprietary information of NeuLevel and its owners.


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