Education Law News -- March 2012

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Protecting Your Name On The .XXX Domain and Service Animals And Assistance Animals – The Legal Landscape.

Excerpt from Protecting Your Name On The .XXX Domain

On September 7, 2011 the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began offering .xxx domain name registrations to the members of the Adult Sponsored Community. The .xxx domain also represents the creation of new internet real estate and, because any string ending with .xxx can be purchased, the launch of .xxx represents an opportunity for domain squatters and trademark infringers. In other words, your trademark or your institution’s name could become associated with a .xxx domain and an adult entertainment website. During its “Sunrise B” period which was September 7, 2011 to October 28, 2011, trademark owners had the option to permanently block .xxx domains that were identical to federally registered trademarks. If you missed that opportunity, or if you want to block .xxx registrations for domains that do not correspond to a registered trademark, your only option is to register defensive .xxx domains.

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