Following a recent decision of the ICANN Board of Directors, new gTLD registries will soon be able to release all two-character domains, which were initially reserved due to the potential for confusion with two-letter country code domains (ccTLDs), e.g., .US). This is good news for dot-brand applicants that may want to run “regional” domains such as uk.brand.
The French registry AFNIC has announced that .FR domains with one- and two-characters will soon be allowed. The Sunrise runs from December 8–February 9, 2015 for French and European Community trademarks, or international trademarks designating France registered before July 9, 2012. Rights holders also include companies formed before July 9, 2012. There will be a Landrush phase from February 16–March 16th and General Availability will begin March 17, 2015.
The Portuguese registry DNS.PT will introduce two-character .PT domains beginning November 3, 2014. At that time a list of two-character domains (available at https://www.dns.pt/en/regras-2-carateres#Annex – paragraph 1) will be released for registration on a first-come, first-served basis. A small number of premium domains (listed in paragraph 2 of the Annex) will be auctioned at sedo.com between December 4–11, 2014.
This week we see the launch of:
- .HOW and .WHOSWHO
- .我爱你an IDN TLD using theChinese characters “I love you.”
- Two new Rightside Registry Sunrises for .DENTIST and .REHAB, which may be of interest for professionals across diverse industries, including addiction and refurbishment, physical rehabilitation for athletes and the injured, as well as the financial rehabilitation of an individual’s credit rating. Note that if you have registered a Rightside DPML (Domain Protected Marks List) block you are already covered here, and no one else can register your mark.
- One new Donuts Sunrise for .WORLD. Note that if you have registered a Donuts DPML block you are already covered here, and no one else can register your mark.
New gTLDs Launched/Announced
Zodiac Registry – .我爱你 (.xn--6qq986b3xl – Chinese for “I love you”)
Registry operator Zodiac has announced the launch schedule for its next new gTLD, .我爱你(.xn--6qq986b3xl – Chinese for “I love you”), as follows:
|New gTLD||Sunrise||Sunrise Type||Landrush||General Availability|
|.我爱你 (Chinese for “I love you”)||06-Nov-14 06-Dec-14||Start Date Sunrise (first-come, first-served)||TBC||08-Dec-14|
During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names on a first-come, first-served basis, provided that the term applied for is in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). Privacy or proxy services may not be used in connection with applications submitted during the Sunrise Phase.
Domains will be available to all under General Availability on a first-come, first-served basis in Chinese and ASCII characters.
Zodiac Registry has just postponed launch of its other TLD, .集团(.xn--3bst00m – Chinese for “conglomerate/group”). We will update you when new dates are available.
Registry operator Charleston Road Registry Inc. (Google) has announced the next of its new gTLDs to launch into Sunrise will be .HOW, details below. This TLD might be of interest to providers of instructional or learning-based content on the web, such as those focused on teaching (e.g., music teachers, tutors, yoga studios, martial arts studios, etc.); publishers and authors interested in providing instructional information; and businesses with an interest in expanding instructional content for their customers and businesses interested in short redirects or URL-shorteners for marketing efforts directing customers to instructional content.
During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH. Multiple applications for the same domain will result in an auction. Domains are available to all under the Landrush Phase with multiple applications for the same domain also resulting in an auction. Domains will be available to all on a first-come, first-served basis under General Availability. Domains may be registered for a period of from 1–10 years and proxy services are permitted. There will be some premium domains.
Who’s Who Registry has announced the launch schedule for its new gTLD .WHOSWHO, which might be of interest for personal branding pages, communities, and directories, as follows: During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names on a first-come, first-served basis, provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH. Applications will also be accepted for domain names appearing on the ICANN SLD block list, however, all such registered domains will not resolve on the Internet until such time ICANN removes such prohibitions. Domains will be available to all under General Availability on a first-come, first-served basis. IDNs will be available in German, Portuguese, Spanish, and simplified and traditional Chinese characters.
.VEGAS Premium Domains
Registry operator Dot Vegas, Inc. has begun selling its .VEGAS premium domains at a “buy it now” price (registry direct). The premium price for such domains applies only to the first year of registration and in subsequent years (whether renewal or multi-year registration) will be charged at a lower price.
United TLD (Rightside Registry) – .DENTIST and .REHAB
United TLD Holdco, Ltd has announced the launch schedule for the next of its new gTLDs, .DENTIST and .REHAB, as follows:
|Sunrise||Sunrise Type||Early Access Program||General Availability|
|14-Oct-14 13-Dec-14||End Date Sunrise (not first-come, first-served)||17-Dec-14 24-Dec-14||24-Dec-14|
During the Sunrise Phase, trademark rights holders may register their domain names provided that the term applied for is in the TMCH, with multiple applications for the same domain resulting in an auction. The initial term of registration for a domain is one year. Please note that there will not be a Landrush Phase for these TLDs, but an Early Access Program with domains available to all followed by General Availability wherein domains will also be available to register on a first-come, first-served basis. During EAP and General Availability, domains may be registered for 1–10 years. IDNs are available in English, Spanish and French.
Regulated and Highly-Regulated TLDs
Please note that United TLD classifies .REHAB as a “Regulated” TLD and .DENTIST as a “Highly-Regulated” TLD.
Safeguards for Regulated TLDs:Registrants are required to comply with all applicable laws, including those that relate to privacy, data collection, consumer protection (including in relation to misleading and deceptive conduct), fair lending, debt collection, organic farming, disclosure of data, and financial disclosures. Additionally, if a Registrant collects and maintains sensitive health and financial data, they must implement reasonable and appropriate security measures commensurate with the offering of those services, as defined by applicable law.
Safeguards for Highly Regulated TLDs:Registrants must provide administrative contact information, which must be kept up-to-date, for the notification of complaints or reports of registration abuse, as well as the contact details of the relevant regulatory, or industry self-regulatory, bodies in their main place of business. Additionally, Registrants must possess any necessary authorizations, charters, licenses, and/or other related credentials for participation in the sector associated with this Highly Regulated TLD and report any material changes to the Registrant’s authorizations, charters, licenses, and/or other related credentials for participation in the sector associated with the Highly Regulated TLD.
New Donuts Sunrise – .WORLD
Registry operator Donuts has announced the next of its TLDs to launch into Sunrise will be .WORLD, as follows: IDNs are available in the following scripts:
The full launch schedule for Donuts’ new gTLDs can be found at: http://www.donuts.co/tlds.
.LUXURY – Increase to Sunrise Renewal Fee
Registry operator Luxury Partners LLC has announced it is set to increase the cost of the renewal fee for all .LUXURY domains registered under the Sunrise period. If you wish to renew your existing .LUXURY domains at the current (lower) price, you will be able to do so for periods of from 1–10 years prior to April 2, 2015.
New gTLDs Currently Running
Registry operator OVH SAS’ new gTLD .OVH, has been featuring in the news this week, with an article at domainnews.com.
The TLD, which launched into General Availability on 2 October, has shown surprising success with more than 53,000 new domains registered following a waiver of the first year’s registration fee for the first 50,000 registrants, with a reduction of the first year’s registration fee for the next 50,000 registrants. This places .OVH in the top six new gTLD registries by volume worldwide (source: ntldstats.com).
The new gTLD started, according to the French telecoms company’s website, with an April Fools’ Day prank in 2009, when Octave Klaba (OVH founder and CEO) announced the creation of the .OVH extension. The company received over 22,000 requests to register .OVH domains within a few hours.
There is a requirement for .OVH registrants to have an OVH nic-handle (Customer ID) at the time of the registration and renewal.
Meanwhile, geoTLD .NYC has also seen a strong start to its General Availability phase, with 26,858 domains registered after the first 24 hours.
.XYZ remains in first position of the top new gTLDs by volume with 673,000 domains registered to date.
The total number of new gTLDs registered now stands at 3,000,000 (Source: http://ntldstats.com). The full articles can be found at:
|New gTLD||Launch Phase||Closing|
|VLAANDEREN||Governments & companies||3-Nov-14|
|BRUSSELS||Governments & companies||3-Nov-14|
|موقع xn--4gbrim – Arabic for “site”||Sunrise||18-Nov-14|
|москва (xn--80adxhks) “Moscow/ moskva”||Landrush||18-Nov-14|
|商标 (xn--czr694b) – Chinese for “trademark”||Landrush||29-Nov-14|
New gTLDs Delegated
Seventeen new gTLDs from ICANN’s New gTLD Program have recently been delegated, taking the total to 417:
|27-Sep-14||vermögensberatung (xn--vermgensberatung-pwb) – German for “financial advice”||Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft DVAG|
|27-Sep-14||vermögensberater (xn--vermgensberater-ctb) – German for “financial advisor”||Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft DVAG|
|27-Sep-14||рус (xn--p1acf) – Russian for “Russian”||Rusnames Limited|
|27-Sep-14||DVAG||Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft DVAG|
|27-Sep-14||POHL||Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft DVAG|
|1-Oct-14||ALLFINANZ||Allfinanz Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft|
|1-Oct-14||FORSALE||United TLD Holdco, LLC|
|4-Oct-14||ALSACE||REGION D ALSACE|
|15-Oct-14||BAND||United TLD Holdco Ltd.|
|15-Oct-14||YOGA||Top Level Domain Holdings Limited|
|15-Oct-14||CRS||Federated Co-operatives Limited|
|15-Oct-14||ABOGADO||Top Level Domain Holdings Limited|
|15-Oct-14||RIP||United TLD Holdco Ltd.|
|15-Oct-14||WEDDING||Top Level Domain Holdings Limited|
|15-Oct-14||POKER||Afilias Domains No. 5 Limited|
|23-Oct-14||TAIPEI||Taipei City Government|
The complete list of new gTLDs delegated to date is available at: http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/program-status/delegated-strings.
New gTLDs Signed
The following new gTLD Registry operators have recently entered into a Registry Agreement with ICANN, under which they will operate their new gTLDs:
|New gTLD||Registry Operator||Date Contract Signed with ICANN|
|.COACH||Koko Island, LLC||09-Oct-14|
|.CRICKET||dot Cricket Limited||09-Oct-14|
|.MARRIOTT||Marriott Worldwide Corporation||09-Oct-14|
|.STC||Saudi Telecom Company||09-Oct-14|
|.STCGROUP||Saudi Telecom Company||09-Oct-14|
|.AFL||Australian Football League||02-Oct-14|
|.BBVA||BANCO BILBAO VIZCAYA ARGENTARIA, S.A.||02-Oct-14|
|.ITAU||Itau Unibanco Holding S.A.||02-Oct-14|
|.LIAISON||Liaison Technologies, Incorporated||02-Oct-14|
|.MAIF||Mutuelle Assurance Instituteur France (MAIF)||02-Oct-14|
So far, a total of 540 Registry Agreements have been signed. The full list of Registry Agreements can be viewed at: http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries.
Most Popular New gTLDs
Finally, to help you assess general levels of interest in the new gTLDs, we are including the latest zone file information (from ntldstats.com), which shows how the top registries are performing. Note that .XYZ, .BERLIN, and .OVH gave away significant numbers of names.
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