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.XXX Pre-Registration Available

Date Submitted: 8-25-2011 by Rachel

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Starting today, pre-registration is available for .XXX top-level domain names (TLDs). To pre-register, select the phase for which you qualify, and we’ll submit your application when that phase begins. Pre-registration gives you the best possible chance of securing your .xxx domain name (or blocking your domain name from use as a .xxx extension).

At this time, pre-registration is available for the following phases:

  • Sunrise AT — From Sept. 7, 2011, at 16:00 UTC to Oct. 31, 2011, at 16:00 UTC, applicants within the sponsored adult entertainment community can apply for .xxx domain names if they have registered trademarks or intellectual property rights. Sunrise AT applicants must complete the ICM Registry’s membership application process by Nov. 2, 2011, at 16:00 UTC.
  • Sunrise AD — From Sept. 7, 2011, at 16:00 UTC to Oct. 31, 2011, at 16:00 UTC, applicants within the sponsored adult entertainment community can apply for .xxx domain names if they have existing (“grandfathered”) domain names with other TLD extensions. Sunrise AD applicants must complete the ICM Registry’s membership application process (including validation of existing TLDs) by Nov. 2, 2011, at 16:00 UTC.
  • Sunrise B — From Sept. 7, 2011, at 16:00 UTC to Oct. 31, 2011, at 16:00 UTC, applicants outside the sponsored adult entertainment community can apply to block their registered trademarks or intellectual property rights from becoming .xxx domain names. Successful Sunrise B applications result in sites that indicate the ICM Registry’s rights protection program has reserved (blocked) the domain names from use. The registry might require Sunrise B applicants to submit evidence of registered trademarks or intellectual property rights by Nov. 2, 2011, at 16:00 UTC.
  • Landrush — From Nov. 8, 2011, at 16:00 UTC to Nov. 25, 2011, at 16:00 UTC, applicants within the sponsored adult entertainment community can apply for .xxx domain names. This phase does not require applicants to have registered trademarks, intellectual property rights, or existing domain names. Landrush applicants must complete the ICM Registry’s membership application process by Nov. 30, 2011, at 16:00 UTC.
  • General Availability — Beginning Dec. 6, 2011, at 16:00 UTC, applicants within the sponsored adult entertainment community can register .xxx domain names on a first-come, first-served basis, and they must complete the ICM Registry’s membership application process before their domain names can resolve. Applicants outside the sponsored adult entertainment community can also apply for defensive registrations to block domain names from becoming .xxx extensions on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants with defensive registrations must pay to register the domain names, which the registry places on non-resolving nameservers.

Successful pre-registration applications will result in registered or blocked domain names beginning Dec. 6, 2011.

For important details about each pre-registration phase and the .xxx extension in general, see About .xxx Domain Names and Registering .xxx Domain Names.

You can also get more information by visiting our .XXX Pre-Registration page and the ICM Registry site.

3 Comments on ".XXX Pre-Registration Available"

  • by jcmontero on September 7th, 2011

    Hi, I just bought a .XXX domain and in the receipt e-mail GoDaddy writes this:

    “By pre-registering, you ensured that your request will be placed as soon as the registration phase opens on December 6, 2011. We will do our best to secure the domain name(s) you requested, though we cannot guarantee we will be successful. ”

    Does this mean that by paying for the domain I don’t get it in December?

    Thanks.

    JC

  • by RachelC on September 7th, 2011

    @jcmontero: It sounds like you pre-registered for General Availability, which begins on Dec. 6, 2011. As stated above, we will submit pre-registration applications for General Availability right when that phase begins on Dec. 6, 2011 (before we process regular General Availability applications). If we are unable to secure your .xxx domain name, we will refund the cost of your domain name registration.

  • by cathy_dunham on October 5th, 2011

    For companies currently in the process of registering a trademarked name (or develop new brands or trademarks later), will they have the same or a similar opportunity to BLOCK their names from .XXX usage?

    I have web clients in these situations…

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