ICANN Approves .XXX and Sets Date for new TLDs.

ICANN approved .XXX last week with sunrise periods for trademark owners expected in June, 2011. ICANN also announced that the release of the Applicant Guidebook for new top-level domains will also occur in June, with the first new extensions appearing in early 2013.

ICANN has announced June 20 as the release date for the new applicant guidebook for new top-level domain names.  Given the mandatory four month communications period and minimum eight months for evaluation of non-contentious extensions, you can expect to see new top-level domains in early 2013.

The ICANN timetable for the next three months is here: http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/draft-timeline-new-gtlds-18mar11-en.pdf

The .XXX top-level domain for the adult content community was once again approved by the ICANN Board last week in San Francisco.  Once the .XXX registry has signed a contract with ICANN, there is a minimum 60-day period to allow national governments to submit geographic designators to be protected under .XXX.

There will be two sunrise periods, down from the original three:

1. Adult-related trademark owners will be able to secure their trademarks first as resolving .xxx domain names.

2. Non-adult-related trademark owners will then be allowed to block their trademarks as non-resolving .xxx domain names.

Assuming there are no further delays, the .XXX sunrise periods for trademark owners could begin sometime in June, 2011.  EnCirca will be posting further announcements at http://www.encirca.com/html/ex-ex-ex-registration.shtml

1 thought on “ICANN Approves .XXX and Sets Date for new TLDs.”

  1. Sounds like good news for .Pro and other alternate existing .gtld extensions. With .pro already established with 100K+ registrants and till 2013 (almost 2 years away) for new extensions. This will provide plenty of time for existing established extensions to get more established.

    I’ve always been a little wary of new extensions coming onto the market as it is difficult to maintain and create an extension let alone get a large registry base needed to support one. Let alone find a short extension such as .pro that has the ability to enhance many keywords while providing a strong brand! I read this as great news for existing domain owners.

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