Block Your Valuable Brand from .XXX


.XXX Sunrise Period for Non-Adult Industry Trademark Owners to Begin the 7th of September

The launch of the new top level domain .XXX is drawing near at which time .XXX domain names will be available for registration with the ICM Registry through accredited registrars. The introduction of .XXX is pertinent not only to the individuals, businesses and organizations currently engaged in the adult sponsored community but to all intellectual property holders with trademark rights.

The .XXX Registry is providing an opportunity for trademark owners (not involved in the adult entertainment industry) to apply to opt-out of .XXX and protect their valuable brands from cybersquatting in the .XXX space. This "Sunrise Period B" of fifty-two (52) days scheduled between September 7, 2011 and October 28, 2011, will allow trademark owners to block the registration of their brand in the .XXX domain. In short, trademark owners may opt-out of .XXX by reserving names identical to their existing registered trademarks effectively barring any potential person or entity engaged in the adult entertainment community from registering a .XXX domain name for that particular mark. A registered trademark is required and submitting an application does not guarantee that your trademark will be blocked by the registry.

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