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Introduced2001; 20 years ago (2001)
TLD typeGeneric top-level domain
RegistryRegistry Services (owned by GoDaddy)
Intended useBusinesses
Actual useVarious uses
Registered domains2,015,740 (Dec 2009)[1]
Registration restrictionsNo prior restriction on registration, but registrations can be challenged if registrant is not a bona-fide commercial entity
StructureRegistrations at second level permitted
DocumentsICANN registry agreement
Dispute policiesUDRP
Registry websiteGoDaddy Registry

.biz is a generic top-level domain (gTLD) in the Domain Name System of the Internet. It is intended for registration of domains to be used by businesses. The name is a phonetic spelling of the first syllable of business.


The biz TLD was created to relieve some of the demand for domain names in the com top-level domain, and to provide an alternative for businesses whose preferred domain name in com had already been registered by another party. There are no specific legal or geographic qualifications to register a biz domain name, except that it must be for "bona fide business or commercial use."[2] It was created in 2001 along with several other domains as the first batch of new gTLDs approved by ICANN in the expansion of the Domain Name System following the increased interest in internet commerce in the late 1990s. The TLD is administered by GoDaddy and registrations are processed via accredited registrars.

In contrast to other newly installed top-level domains, the biz registry did not implement a sunrise period to grant trademark owners first chance at registration, but instead used a procedure whereby they could file intellectual property claims in advance and then challenge any eventual registrant through a policy named Startup Trademark Opposition Policy (STOP). A number of domains were successfully obtained by trademark owners from other registrants through this policy; some of the more controversial cases included those of paint.biz[3] and Canadian.biz,[4] the latter being reversed by a court decision.[5]


On June 23, 2008 at the ICANN 32nd International Public Meeting in Paris, the biz registry announced that it had officially surpassed two million registrations worldwide.[6]

In Turkish, biz means 'we' and is used in some sites such as turkleriz.biz (We are the Turks) and fenerliyiz.biz (We are fans of Fenerbahçe).

Alternative DNS roots[edit]

Before ICANN approved of the biz top-level domain in the official DNS root, similar domains of the same name were already in use by alternative DNS roots. This created the possibility of a biz domain pointing to different IP addresses depending on the specific DNS configuration of a client computer. For this reason, the domain's registry, GoDaddy, requires that a DNS server be officially registered with them on their list of approved DNS servers before a domain registrar may register it in the WHOIS database.


  1. ^ ZookNIC, History of gTLD domain name growth
  2. ^ "ICANN .biz Registration Restrictions".
  3. ^ "paint.biz decision".
  4. ^ "canadian.biz decision".
  5. ^ "Domain name policy absurd when it comes to trademarks". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  6. ^ "Neustar press release".[dead link]

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