If a domain name like businessnews.com exists, can I register businessnews.biz?

For a legal perspective, you should consult an Internet-savvy attorney.  The .biz and .info domains were created because a lot of the .com domains are already taken.  If businessnews.com is currently being used for a Web site and you use businessnews.biz, visitors might be confused.  If these two domain names offer the same information to the same target market then you may not want to use the .biz as generally people will use .com first.  

Would it be illegal though?  From what I know, the answer is no, unless the current name businessnews.com is copyrighted.  The safest thing to do is to consult an attorney.

February 1, 2005

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