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NAR and Move tussle over .realtor domains

Move said to be worried about impact on realtor.com traffic

In what may be the first time that the longtime allies have bumped heads in court, the National Association of Realtors has filed a lawsuit against realtor.com operator Move Inc. in order to clear the way for NAR to license the new .realtor top-level domain outside of the United States. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the Internet’s domain name system, awarded NAR the right to manage .realtor domains last summer. NAR has been assigning .realtor Web addresses to members in the U.S., and when agents choose to use their .realtor domains to host their realtor.com profile pages, Move will host a stand-alone website for them at no charge. (Move operates realtor.com under the terms of a 1996 licensing agreement with NAR.) The lawsuit is not only an unusual public airing of differences between NAR and Move, but reveals a previously undisclosed agreement in which NAR allegedly granted Move with "certain rights" over the assignment of .realtor do...