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.XXX Registry Reduced Domain Registration Costs for May, 2013

The .XXX registry has significantly reduced the cost of domain name registrations for the month of May, 2013. Although the .XXX extension is primarily targeted at businesses and individuals within the adult entertainment industry, .XXX impacts most mainstream brands with an online presence. Whether you’re an organization in the adult industry and plan to use .XXX, or an organization outside of the sponsoring industry wanting to protect your site/intellectual property from .XXX (in which case no trademark is required), this price reduction makes it a great time to get the .XXX domain(s) you were unable to get during Trademark Sunrise.

If you have any questions about registering .XXX domain names, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

May 6, 2013   No Comments

So Will Manwin (YouPorn.com) Apply For a New gTLD For .Sex, .Porn or .Adult

When ICANN makes it “Big Reveal” of the new gTLD applicants tomorrow, one of the more interesting and lingering questions is will Manwin, the owner of YouPorn.com, who filed a lawsuit against ICM Registry, the operator of the .XXX extension and ICANN itself, file an application for a new gTLD like .Sex or .Porn or .Adult?

Frankly IMHO Manwin, is in between the proverbial rock and the hard place.

If Manwin doesn’t apply for a new adult TLD like .Porn or .Sex or .Adult when ICM registry already announced they made application for each of those extensions, its going to be pretty hard for them to continue to allege anti-trust violations against ICANN and ICM when they had an opportunity like everyone else to apply and they passed.

On the other hand if Manwin does apply for an adult extension, like .sex, .porn or .adult its going to be hard for them to say they didn’t have a chance to apply for an adult extension in violation of anti-trust laws.

I think its a head they win, heads you lose deal for Manwin.

We will be covering the ICANN’s live gTLD announcement from London all day tomorrow.

Its going to be interesting.

See you at 7AM EST.

Get ready

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June 12, 2012   No Comments

.XXX Adds 7,360 Registrations In February & Takes In Over $450K

The monthly ICANN reports are out for February and ICM operator of the .XXX TLD reported 6,352 one year registrations, 652 two year registrations, 196 three year registrations and 160 five year registrations.

So that is a total of 7,360 new registrations for the month of February 2012, or 9,044 in total taking into account the multiple years.

With a wholesale cost of $50 (actually its $62 but $10 goes to the non-profit IFFOR and $2 goes to ICANN) that mean’s ICM raked in $452,000 for the month.

Not too shabby.

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June 12, 2012   No Comments

ICM Operator Of .XXX Registry Holding Free Webinar Tomorrow On Impact of New gTLD’s On TM & Brands

ICM Registry, the registry operator for the .XXX top-level domain (TLD) for online adult entertainment, is hosting a webinar tomorrow “to explore and explain the impact new Internet Top Level Domains (TLD) will have on trademarks and brands.”

“”ICM Registry, the owner and operator of the .XXX TLD, will walk participants through the importance of gaining control of brands and trademarks online, how to safeguard against mis-use and what companies can do if they find their brand is being used by someone else in the .XXX domain. ICM Registry is recognized by ICANN and law enforcement as setting new best practice standards in the Internet domain industry.””Key executives and panelists will share with webinar participants the how-to’s of protective domain registrations and the surprising benefits.”

What:

“IP PROTECTION: PORN, BRANDS AND THE INTERNET – The Impact of New Web Properties on Trademarks and Name Brands” will address the impact of the pending introduction of new TLDs and how brands can prepare.

Where:

The June 5th, 2012 presentation will be held live at 2 pm EST at no cost for attendees who register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/754201562

Why:

Marketers, major brands and trademark holders are presented with myriad issues as a slew of new Internet properties come online with pending ICANN approval of new TLDs. Each new TLD poses new threats to any brand’s equity and integrity. ICM Registry, the owner and operator of the .XXX Internet TLD will bring together the leading brand and IP leaders for a discussion on the importance of gaining control of brands and trademarks online, how to safeguard against misuse, and what can be done if a brand is being used by someone else in the .XXX domain.”

Who:

  • Kristine Dorrain, Esq. National Arbitration Forum
  • Robert J. Kimmer, Esq., Rader, Fishman & Grauer PLLC
  • Sheri Falco, Esq., ICM General Counsel
  • Tony Farrow, ICM Chief Operating Officer

“ICM continues to take a critical leadership position in helping brands preserve their Intellectual Property and integrity. ”

“As part of the company’s December 2011 launch of the world’s only internet TLD dedicated to adult entertainment, ICM has adopted industry-leading best practices to create a safe place for visitors to interact with online adult entertainment.”

“The .XXX TLD has more than 215,000 domains under management.

In addition ICM said they already applied for the new gTLD’s of .sex, .porn and .adult

June 4, 2012   No Comments

ICM Launches A Directory For Developed .XXX Sites: XXX.XXX

ICM has just launched a directory for developed .XXX sites under XXX.XXX

The site features 145 sites each getting a small banner with a click through to each site.

The directory is also accepting additional sites for listing.

If you own a developed .XXX site you can submit it to the registry through a form located on the 1st page of the xxx.xxx site…

May 23, 2012   No Comments

ICM Responds To The Manwin Anti-Trust Amended Complaint On .XXX & Asks The Court To Dismiss It Again

ICM filed a motion to dismiss Manwin’s complaint for Anti-Trust on the .XXX extension for a second time yesterday. (You can read the motion to dismiss again here).

Here are some of the highlights of the Motion to Dismiss:

“”Even though it is their second try, Plaintiffs’ First Amended Complaint fails to state a claim and should be dismissed.”

“The Amend Complaint is (like the original Complaint) nothing more than a transparent attempt to use the antitrust laws to eliminate a new internet platform for adult content—.XXX—that Plaintiff Manwin perceives as posing unwelcome competition to its dominant .com adult-entertainment empire.”

“Indeed, Plaintiffs’ various antitrust theories not only fail to allege the requisite elements of Plaintiffs’ claims for relief, they are also internally inconsistent.”

“For example, Plaintiffs contend that ICM and ICANN were conspiring to eliminate competition for the establishment of adult-oriented TLDs and .XXX registry services, notwithstanding the Amended Complaint’s detailed recitation of the long and frustrating history of ICM’s efforts to secure approval for the .XXX Top-Level Domain Name (“TLD”), including repeated ICANN rejections of its application and the apparent absence of interest from any other bidders.”

“Similarly, the Amended Complaint makes clear that Plaintiffs’ real concern is with the competition to their .com websites that may be posed by rivals offering adult content via .XXX domain names—a business in which neither ICM nor ICANN participates. But this is not a concern of the antitrust laws, which have long been held to protect the competitive process and not the profit streams of individual firms.”

“The proposed remedy for these purported violations further exposes the baselessness of Plaintiffs’ claims and their ulterior motives in bringing this action. Unable to show any damages from the challenged conduct, Manwin and Digital Playground instead seek sweeping, inconsistent and unsupportable injunctive relief.”

“Unfortunately for Plaintiffs, under the Supreme Court’s most recent formulation of the pleading standard in antitrust cases, they must do more than merely assert the existence of Sherman Act violations to get past a Rule (b) motion.

“Given the absence of factual allegations plausibly suggesting the existence of antitrust injury, standing, any unlawful ICM-ICANN agreement, or even unilateral anticompetitive conduct, the Amended Complaint must be dismissed.”

“Plaintiff Manwin Licensing International, S.à.r.l. (“Manwin”) is a business headquartered in Luxembourg that “owns and licenses the trademarks and domain names used for many of the most popular adult-oriented websites,” including YouPorn.com (“YouPorn”), the single most popular free adult video website on the Internet.…

May 9, 2012   No Comments

.XXX Adds Only 12,500 Registrations In January

The ICANN monthly reports are out for January and .XXX now has 119K registered domain names.

In December, the ICANN report showed .XXX 106,500 registrations.

In the January report the total number of pure registered .XXX domain names is 119,029.

These figures do NOT include those domain names registered by trademark holders under the “block” program (Sunrise B)

The block program was whereby Trademark holders could apply to pay a one time fee to block a domain for 10 year.

These figures also do NOT include, domain names ICM reserved for future sales or use, ICANN ordered reserved domains and domains of celebrities and sensitive issue domains which are permanently reserved by the registry.

ICM Registry sponsor of the .XXX TLD has already announced they have applied for .sex, .porn and .adult as well.

May 6, 2012   No Comments

Lawley Tells Bloomberg There Are 250K .XXX Domains Under Management & Applied For .Sex, .Porn & .Adult To Protect Holders

Stuart Lawley the CEO of ICM Registry who operates the .XXX TLD had an interview on Bloomberg TV on Friday to chat not only about .XXX but its application to run multiple new gTLD’s. (You can watch the interview here)

“We have nearly 250,000 .XXX domain names under management, our 5 year forecasts were 125,000-150,000, so in 4 or 5 months of operations we have achieved our 5 year goal, so it has gotten off to a great start.” Lawley told Bloomberg.

“Out of the 200,000 and odd number of registrations, around 60K were defensive registrations, people like Bloomberg registered Bloomberg.xxx, and the other 130,000 or so, are adult in nature”

The Bloomberg interviewer asked Lawley,

“In what way aren’t these new names some level of extortion where company’s that don’t want anything to do with this have to buying protection?”

“That’s why we applied for .sex, .porn and .adult, so a company like Bloomberg doesn’t have to buy Bloomberg.sex, Bloomberg.porn and/or Bloomberg.adult, which they clearly don’t want or need, so we are allocating those names, putting them on the shelf forever at no charge, we are doing that for also for the adult domains as well. That’s why we applied for .sex, porn and .adult as a service to our existing registrants to spare them from any extra expense.”

“Any domain that is registered or reserved in .XXX, all 250,000 of them in, will be automatically and permanently, placed in the reserved list for .sex, .porn or .adult for the benefit of the .XXX holder.”

The basic message is register your .xxx now and you will get the matching name in .sex, .porn and .adult for free later.

Of course what Mr. Lawley didn’t say and wasn’t asked, is that there is no guarantee that a .sex, .porn and/or .adult will even be approved by ICANN with the expected objection of the GAC.

Moreover even if ICANN does approve a .sex, porn and/or .adult there is no guarantee that ICM will win the extension.

There could definitely be other applications for one or more of these extensions which may wind up in a bidding war.

Stuart is a very smart guy, but personally I would feel uncomfortable using the possible new extensions as a selling point for .XXX without at least a disclaimer that they might not be approved and there maybe other applicants for them and ICM may not win one or all of the extensions.…

April 22, 2012   No Comments

ICM Owner of .XXX Applies For .Sex, .Porn & .Adult To Give .XXX Owners Grandfather Rights

The ICM Registry, the operator for the .XXX top-level domain (TLD) announced it made application for the new gTLD’s in SEX, .PORN and .ADULT.

According to the press release issues this morning if ICM were to get any or all of the new extensions the owner of the matching .XXX domain would be given a grandfather right to acquire the matching name in the new extension.

Here is the balance of the press release:

“ICM Registry has worked for more than a decade to create .XXX which has become a globally accepted and responsible place for adult online entertainment to thrive in an easily recognizable self-regulated environment,” said Stuart Lawley, CEO of ICM Registry. “We are dedicated to protecting interested stakeholders by providing the latest technology and the best domains which is why we created the .XXX TLD. We chose to submit applications for additional TLDs to spare .XXX participants from needless expense and to ensure the TLDs will be run in the same trustworthy and appropriate ways that .XXX is today.”

If awarded these new TLDs, ICM Registry is offering an unprecedented “grandfathering” clause and will automatically reserve matching names at no cost for those who already have .XXX domains. .XXX registrants can chose to do nothing and the matching names will never be released under the new TLD suffixes. If however, registrants choose to register the new names for use, there will be a nominal fee. This means .XXX domain holders can potentially triple their exposure and value of their holdings, while brand and trademark holders who own .XXX domain names are automatically protected and will not have to register for the new domain names.

“ICM Registry has invested just under two million dollars in these applications to support our existing customers,” said Lawley. “By offering the grandfathering clause at no charge, we are demonstrating our commitment to our adult entertainment community and will not collect fees for this from anyone who already has purchased a .XXX domain by the appropriate cut-off date.”

Each of these applications may face opposition from members of the Government Advisory Council (GAC). Although some governments expressed opposition at various times to ICM’s application to run the .XXX registry, members of the GAC have much stronger power under the new gTLD program than they did under the rules in effect when ICM applied.

It will be interesting to see if Manwin who has sued ICM over the .XXX extension for anti-trust will make application for any of these three extensions as well or any other “adult” oriented extension.…

April 12, 2012   No Comments

ICANN Report For December Is Out & 106,500 .XXX Domain Names Got Registered

The monthly ICANN Registry reports are now live for December and it shows that ICM registry the owners of the .XXX extension registered 106,549 domain names in its first month of operation.

This 106,549 does NOT include those domain names registered by trademark holders under the “block” program (Sunrise B).

I reached out to ICM yesterday once the report came out for some more recent numbers.

ICM told me as of yesterday, April 3rd, there are currently 132,859 paid .XXX (normal) registrations not including the TM blocks.

Including Trademark Holders that registered a .XXX domain under the 10 year block program; plus domain names ICM reserved for future sales or use, ICANN ordered reserved domains and domains of celebrities and sensitive issue domains which are permanently reserved by the registry, there are 215,835 .XXX domains under ICM’s management.

Not surprisingly, the largest registrar in the world Godaddy.com led the way in terms of normal .XXX registrations in December (NOT including Blocks).

More surprisingly is that NetworkSolutions.com had the 2nd highest number of registrations by far.

Here is a break down of which registrars got the registrations for .XXX in December:

registrar-name total-domains
Totals 106549
GoDaddy.com, Inc. 24850
Network Solutions, LLC 14045
Instra Corporation Pty Ltd. 3873
eNom, Inc. 3659
united-domains AG 3558
Ascio Technologies, Inc. – Denmark 3186
Tucows.com Co. 3018
CSC Corporate Domains, Inc. 2966
Melbourne IT, Ltd 2726
Directi Internet Solutions Pvt. Ltd. d/b/a PublicDomainRegistry.com 2568
Wild West Domains, Inc 2474
MarkMonitor Inc. 2303
Key-Systems GmbH 2095
Mesh Digital Limited 1993
Register.com, Inc. 1953
Blue Razor Domains, Inc. 1808
Go China Domains Inc 1765
Go Montenegro Domains, Inc. 1743
Go France Domains, Inc. 1728
Go Australia Domains, Inc. 1708
Go Canada Domains, Inc. 1672
Moniker Online Services LLC 1642
Name.com LLC 1545
101domain, Inc. 1339
PSI-USA, Inc. dba Domain Robot 1127
Namescout Corp. 904
Register.it SPA 903
Gandi SAS 891
Nom-iq Ltd. dba COM LAUDE 863
DirectNIC, LTD 819
OVH sas 622
Mailclub SAS 606
GMO Internet, Inc. d/b/a Onamae.com 594
Aust Domains International Pty Ltd dba Aust Domains, Inc. 585
Domain.com, LLC 579
1API GmbH 503
Webnames.ca Inc. 458
EuroDNS S.A. 457
CORE Internet Council of Registrars 427
Networking4all B.V. 394
Dinahosting s.l. 354
Soluciones Corporativas IP, SLU 321
Marcaria.com International, Inc. 318
EPAG Domainservices GmbH 311
YesNIC Co., Ltd. 293
SafeNames Ltd. 290
Regional Network Information Center, JSC dba RU-CENTER 286
IP Mirror Pte Ltd dba IP MIRROR 265
Net 4 India Ltd.

April 5, 2012   No Comments