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Porn industry sues ICANN and ICM Registry over .XXX domains

Domain name registrations are big business. Any time a new top-level domain has debuted, prospectors and companies have lined up to snag premium names — which has driven prices up to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases. That’s precisely what happened when .XXX hit the web, and now porn industry giants have

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Manwin’s Attack on .XXX is Really an Attack on New TLDs

Arguments and antitrust lawsuit could be made against many top level domain names. Manwin Licensing, the company behind YouPorn, has sued .xxx registry ICM Registry for violating the Sherman Act (i.e. monopoly). If you read the complaint against ICM you could substitute other top level domains for .xxx and the suit would still make sense. Manwin says .xxx wasn’t put out to competitive bid, has no price caps, and ICM Registry gets presumptive renewal.

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Retailers hoping to guard their names from online porn operators better get cracking

A ‘sunshine’ period designed to protect trademarks expires Oct. 28. Coinciding with the launch last week of the availability of .XXX domains for online adult entertainment companies, brands outside the porn industry have until Oct. 28 to reserve their registered trademarks in the .XXX registry.

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How to Prevent XXX Domains From Damaging Your Registered Trademarks

The primary benefit of direct federal trademark filings is entrepreneurs can save money in legal fees. The downside of self-filings is the absence of an ongoing relationship with legal counsel who can apprise entrepreneurs of changing regulations and issues that can affect the value of their prized federal trademark registrations. The new XXX domain serving the adult entertainment industry is …

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United Domains Will Offer New .XXX Domains, Announces Pricing

United Domains, international domain registrar, announces that it will be offering .XXX domains, including defensive registrations for trademarks and brands, as one of the first registrars accredited by the ICM Registry.Boston, MA (PRWEB) August 26, 2011 United Domains, international domain registrar, announces that it will be offering .XXX domains, including defensive registrations for …

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Businesses buying .XXX porn domains to protect trademarks

Adult companies account for only 20 percent of interest, reports Easyspace Four out of five businesses that have pre-registered .XXX domain names have no direct connection to the adult porn industry, one of the UK’s largest registrars has confirmed.

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.XXX Formally Announces IFFOR Board

Group to help set policy for new .xxx domain name. One of the interesting quirks about the new .xxx domain name is that it will help fund a group called International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR). IFFOR will get $10 from every domain registration in order to initiate “a series of policies for responsible business practices and conduct within the .XXX online adult-entertainment community”. Today the group sent out a press release formally announcing the members of the IFFOR board as well as initial members of its Policy Council. Board members include: Stuart Lawley – CEO of ICM Registry, which is running .xxx Clyde Beattie – CEO of Yorkland Investment Corp Sebastien Bachollet, CEO of BBS Consulting and a member of the Board of Directors of ICANN Policy Council members include: Fred Cate – Professor of Law at the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington and director of the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research Bob Corn-Revere, Partner at Davis Wright Tremain Nadine Strossen – Served as president of ACLU from 1991 through 2008 Five more Policy Council members will be announced within the next couple months.

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.XXX Formally Announces IFFOR Board

Group to help set policy for new .xxx domain name. One of the interesting quirks about the new .xxx domain name is that it will help fund a group called International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR). IFFOR will get $10 from every domain registration in order to initiate “a series of policies for responsible business practices and conduct within the .XXX online adult-entertainment community”. Today the group sent out a press release formally announcing the members of the IFFOR board as well as initial members of its Policy Council

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.XXX Goes Live in the Root Servers

Earlier today IANA added the .XXX Top Level Domain to the root nameservers. While the registry operator Afilias is still in their setup process for ICM registry, the zone is currently propagating. While a number of registrars have already been taking pre-registrations, the actual timeline for the launch has not yet been published. The Sunrise […]

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