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Easyspace are happy to announce that we are accredited to sell the .XXX domain name.

This means that we will be taking part in the various phases of the launch, including Sunrise, Landrush and General Availability. We will be giving you regular updates the various processes and prices in the coming week

We are working closely with the ICM Registry, the sponsoring body for .xxx domain extension, to give all customers a chance to register the specifically designed .xxx web address for the adult-entertainment industry.

Like it or loathe it the adult industry has been a one of the major contributors towards growth of the internet and soon adult, x-rated site owners will be able to register the much anticipated .xxx domain name.

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Key Benefits of the .xxx domain name

There are many benefits; however one of the most important benefits of the .xxx domain name extension is to protect children from adult-content websites

  • Safeguard children from being marketed or targeted
  • Protect customer privacy and intellectual rights
  • Use and promote accurate labelling and meta-tagging
  • Ensure clear and accurate disclosures
  • Combat the use of unlawful malicious codes and technologies (e.g., spoofing)
  • Intended to create a silo for pornography on the Internet
  • All domain registrations come with malware scanning
  • 192.com will be used for registrant verification process
  • Micro-payment system for merchants will be included
  • All .xxx websites will be labelled with machine readable text for better filtering

Who should register .xxx domain name?

Members of the Sponsored Community - online adult entertainment industry and those supplying products or services should consider registering domain names with the .xxx extension.

Non members, individuals and entities, of the Sponsored Community should also consider registering non-resolving .xxx domain names (Defensive Registrations) if they are concerned about potential abusive registration or IP (Intellectual Property) protection.

  • .XTRA POTENTIAL

    .xxx is an abbreviation for adult entertainment; domains with .xxx extension are instantly recognizable as adult relevant.

  • .XTRA COVERAGE

    Numerous Ultra-premium generic .xxx sites will not be available for sale; instead they will be used as directory sites to promote developed .xxx sites.

  • .XTRA DEMAND

    With over 195,000 applications for .xxx domains, ICM Registry already proved the wealth of opportunity for .xxx.

  • .XTRA CAREFUL

    .xxx websites will be promoted as safe and trustworthy: they will be labelled and verified.

  • .XTRA BRAND PROTECTION

    Non-sponsored community IP Holders can apply to reserve names from registration without ongoing fees during Sunrise period

  • .XTRA PROFESSIONAL

    $10 from each domain per year will be donated to the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR). IFFOR is a non-profit foundation found by ICM Registry tasked with setting the policies for .xxx domains - www.iffor.org

General Availability - Open to everyone

6th December 2011 - Go Live

General Availability starts 6th december 2011

The General Availability phase is open to the general public and will be allocated to applicants on a first-come first-serve basis.

Members of the Adult Entertainment Industries

Members of the Sponsored Community can apply for "resolving" .xxx domains without pre-existing rights or qualifications unlike in the previous launch phases. In order for the domain name(s) to resolve there will be a further verification process.

Non-Members of the Adult Entertainment Industries

Parties that are not members of the Sponsored Community or that do not have a registered trademark will be able to apply for "non-resolving" .xxx domain names during the General Availability phase. If you wish to get into the registration queue for .xxx domain names, we strongly advise you to apply for the General Availability phase now.

General Availability Phase £59.99

Important:

  • Members of the Adult Sponsored Community will be verified on the ICM Registry website in order for any domain name to resolve.
  • General Availability pre-registrations cannot be modified or cancelled once the orders have been successfully submitted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete and correct
  • If you don't get the name you asked for we will refund the registration fee minus a processing fee of £20 within 30 days of the .xxx general availability official launch date.
  • Terms and conditions apply

.XXX Launch FAQs

  1. What is an .xxx domain name?

    The .xxx domain is a sponsored Top Level Domain (sTLD) specifically intended for those operating within the adult entertainment industry (Sponsored Community).

  2. When will .xxx domain names become available?

    The Sunrise period starts on the 7th September 2011.

  3. How many phases will be available?

    Four (4) phases will be available for the registration of .xxx domain names. Sunrise A and B, Landrush and General Availability.

  4. What are the prices for .xxx in each phase?

    Sunrise AT Period from £199.99
    Sunrise AD Period from £139.99
    Sunrise B Period from £189.99
    Landrush Period from £139.99
    General Availability Period from £59.99 Includes £20.00 pre registration fee

  5. What are the Sunrise A periods?

    These periods are aimed at applicants from within the Sponsored Community. The Sunrise period will run for approximately 30 days. The two types of Sunrise A are detailed below...

    • Sunrise AT - Qualifying Trademark's who satisfy the Sponsored Community definition. or
    • Sunrise AD - Someone who satisfies the Sponsored Community definition who already owns and operates an existing, exact matching domain name(s) in another gTLD or ccTLD. This term is commonly referred to as Grandfathering.

     

  6. What is the Sunrise B period?

    This period is aimed at sunrise applicants outside of the Sponsored Community who are owners of a qualifying trademark.

    These trademark holders will be looking to reserve names in order to ensure they are not registered as domain names by others.

    At the close of sunrise period the domain(s) will be reserved from registration (as long as there is not a conflicting application from Sunrise A).

    The domain will be removed from the pool of names available for future registration.

    The domain name(s) will resolve to a standard info page indicating the status of the domain(s) and that it is not available for registration.

  7. What is the Landrush period?

    The Landrush period will begin on the 24th October 2011 and will last for approximately 10 days.

    This period is only for members of the Sponsored Community, apart from being members of the Sponsored Community there are no other qualification requirements.

  8. What is General Availability period?

    General Availability will begin on the 6th December 2011.

    Registrations will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Domains registered by a member of the Sponsored Community will resolve, only if they have been authenticated, non-members domains will not resolve.

  9. Who can register .xxx domain names?

    Members of the Sponsored Community (adult entertainment individuals or companies and those supplying products or services to adult industry) are eligible to register "resolving" domain names in .xxx. Non-members of the Sponsored Community may register "non-resolving" domain names if they are concerned about potential abusive registration or Intellectual Property protection.

  10. How many domain names can I order during the pre-registration process?

    You can apply for as many domains as you wish; however please ensure that if you apply during either the sunrise or landrush phase that you ensure you can meet the requirements.

  11. When applying for domains during Sunrise period, does the trademark needs to be an exact match or can it be a substantial match?

    An exact match is required with reasonable rules for special character transcription.

  12. Will parked/forwarded domains etc qualify for Sunrise A - Grandfathering phase?

    For the Sunrise A period - Grandfathering phase, only domain names that have been registered prior to February 2010 will qualify.

    All domains submitted during this phase must be in active bona fide use with an eligible website or service that comports with definitions of the Sponsored Community.

    An active bona fide use with an eligible website or service will exclude domain names primarily used for parking, link farming or forwarding to a site operated by a party other than the applicant or where the registry believes the registration has been made primarily for the purpose of a bad faith attempt to qualify under the Sunrise allocation policy.

    The Grandfathering domain name will be required to be an Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) TLD registered at the first applicable level that can normally be registered with commercial providers of registration services in the TLD.

  13. How can I ensure that I get my matching .com/.net/.org etc domain name in .xxx?

    Priority allocation will be given to Sponsored Community members who hold domains that were registered before 1 February 2010 (to prevent gaming) in other ICANN approved Internet extensions. These applications will need to be received before the 7th September 2011.

  14. What happens if more than one application is received during the various phases?

    If more than one valid application is received during the Sunrise A or Landrush phase, the domain name will be entered into an auction and only the qualified applicants will be invited to bid. The auction will be operated by Pool.com on behalf of the ICM registry. Easyspace will not control or have any say in this auction.

  15. Will there be any names not available for reservation?

    Registry operators are obligated to set aside a number of domain names designated by ICANN. In addition, ICM registry set aside certain geographic and culturally significant names, as well as a number of names to be allocated by a request-for-proposals process or other methods.

  16. I am interested in a particular domain name; can I check that it is available?

    No, it's not possible to offer Whois lookup, as no names have been allocated yet. Simply pre-register the desirable domain name and we will notify you in due course.

  17. How will the ICM registry validate that a registrant is in the Sponsored Community?

    Each and every registrant will need to be verified and signed up to the Sponsored Community before the domain name will be permitted to "resolve" and therefore operate. Those who don't validate will be unable to "resolve" their domains in the traditional way.

  18. How can future brands protect themselves?

    As long as the domain name has not already been registered, future brand owners will be able to register "non-resolving" names during the General Availability phase.

  19. What happens if the .xxx domain pre-registration is unsuccessful?

    As there can be various applicants for the same domain name during various phases, Easyspace does not accept any liability if the .xxx domain name(s) cannot be registered for any reason, due to the manual nature of checks, refunds will not be given.

  20. Will I get refund for unsuccessful registration?

    Due to the high level of manual assistance required in the Sunrise and Landrush periods we cannot offer refunds should your application be unsuccessful. If you apply during pre registration for General Availability and are not successful we will refund your payment minus a £20 administration fee.

  21. Are there any post launch protection mechanisms for Intellectual Property (IP)?

    Yes, the there is the 'rapid evaluation service', known as RES, which will deal with certain complaints, usually within 48 hours. There are also the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP); and the Charter Eligibility Dispute Resolution Policy (CEDRP).

  22. What is IFFOR?

    IFFOR is a Non-Profit Foundation that is tasked with setting some of the policies for dot-xxx domains. IFFOR is independent from the ICM registry and is funded through a contract with the ICM to the tune of $10 per registration per year.

    The IFFOR Policy Council will comprise of five adult industry representatives from around the world. The representatives will focus on: privacy and security; free speech; and child protection.

    The adult industry has majority representation. The policies guidelines are strictly organised in the IFFOR charter (available www.iffor.org) and no policy can be implemented that is outside the charter.

Landrush - for the Adult industry

8th November 2011 - 25th November 2011
Landrush for .xxx domains starts 8th November 2011

The Landrush period is only for members of the Adult Sponsored Community who don't qualify for the Sunrise A period but do wish to secure their desirable .xxx domain name.

Apart from being a member of the Adult Sponsored Community, there are no Trademarks or pre-ownership rights requirements during this Landrush period.

This phase is not available on a first-come, first-serve basis and domain names with a single application will be automatically allocated; however domains with more than one application will be entered into an auction.

Important:

  • Members of the Adult Sponsored Community will be verified on the ICM Registry website in order for any domain name to resolve
  • Landrush pre-registrations cannot be modified or cancelled once the orders have been successfully submitted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete and correct
  • Applications for the Landrush period are non-refundable
  • Terms and conditions apply

Sunrise AT - Adult Trademark Holders

7th Sept 2011 - 28th Oct 2011
Sunrise A begins 7th September 2011

The Sunrise AT period is available for Trademark owners and other IP holders from within the Adult Sponsored Community. It begins on the 7th of September 2011 and runs through till the 28th October 2011.

Who is eligible for the Sunrise AT period?

  • Applicants with Adult Trademarks
    Applicants' operating within the adult entertainment industry with qualifying Trademark's who satisfy the Sponsored Community definition. Trademark applicants will be required to provide trademark information* during the pre-registration process.

Important:

  • The Sunrise A phases are not available on first-come, first-served basis. If more than one valid application is received for a domain during the Sunrise - Adult Trademark and Grandfathering phase, the domain name will be entered into an auction for qualifying applicants only, this aution will be held by a third party.
  • Sunrise A applicants may be required to provide documentary evidence to verify the information provided during pre-registration process.
  • Sunrise Trademark Applications will be validated by IP Rota.
  • *Trademark information must be provided at application stage.
  • If no applications are received during the Sunrise phase the domain name will become available for registration by anyone during the Landrush or General Availability phases.
  • Sunrise A pre-registrations cannot be modified or cancelled once the orders have been successfully submitted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete and correct.
  • Applications for the Sunrise A period are non-refundable.
  • Terms and conditions apply

Sunrise AD - People with existing adult domains

7th Sept 2011 - 28th Oct 2011
Sunrise A begins 7th September 2011

The Sunrise AD period is available for members of the Adult community who already own and operate an existing exact matching domain name in another gTLD or ccTLD. It begins on the 7th of September 2011 and runs through till the 28th October 2011.

Who is eligible for the Sunrise AD period?

  • Applicants with existing adult domain names (Grandfathering phase)
    For applicants who already own and operate an existing exact matching domain name in another gTLD or ccTLD, registered prior to February 2010. The domain must be in active bona fide use with an eligible website or service that corresponds with the definitions of Sponsored Community.

    For example, registrants with domain names such as yourxxxdomainname.com who would like to apply for yourxxxdomainname.xxx, are strongly advised to apply during the Sunrise A - Grandfathering phase.

Important:

  • The Sunrise A phases are not available on first-come, first-served basis. If more than one valid application is received for a domain during the Sunrise - Adult Trademark and Grandfathering phase, the domain name will be entered into an auction for qualifying applicants only. This auction will be held by an external party.
  • Sunrise A applicants may be required to provide documentary evidence to verify the information provided during pre-registration process.
  • If no applications are received during the Sunrise phase the domain name will become available for registration by anyone during the Landrush or General Availability phases.
  • Sunrise A pre-registrations cannot be modified or cancelled once the orders have been successfully submitted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete and correct.
  • Applications for the Sunrise A period are non-refundable.
  • Terms and conditions apply

Sunrise B - Non Adult Trademark Holders

7th September 2011 - 28th October 2011
Sunrise A begins 7th September 2011

The Sunrise B period is specifically designed for Trademark owners and other IP holders from outside the Sponsored Community who do not wish to register any domains with an .xxx extension, but would like to block or protect their Trademarks from being registered by others.

Domain names registered during the Sunrise B period will not result in a conventional resolving domain name. Names successfully secured during this phase will resolve to a standard plain page, indicating that the domain name have been reserved from use through the ICM rights protection program.

This is a one off payment that will protect the Trademark into the future.

Important:

  • Members of the Sponsored Community who do not support .xxx or who do not wish to ever register active names in .xxx should use Sunrise B period to apply to block their trademarks.
  • Domain names registered during Sunrise B period cannot be unblocked and converted to a resolving domain name without being first made generally available.
  • Applicants for domain registrations during Sunrise B as a non-member of the Sponsored Community cannot apply for domains in any of the other Sunrise A (Trademarks and Grandfathering), Landrush or General Availability.
  • Sunrise A has priority over Sunrise B
  • Sunrise B pre-registrations cannot be modified or cancelled once the orders have been successfully submitted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete and correct.
  • Terms and conditions apply

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