New gTLDs - Sunrise Starts
The Sunrise period of this new gTLD will start next week:
January 23, 2017 - March 24, 2017:
.es: Registry takes measures to avoid invalid contact handles
The Spanish registry informed us that they have found a great quantity of .es contacts whose associated identification numbers admittedly comply with the NIF validation algorithm but are manifestly incorrect because they do not correspond to a real physical or legal person.
To avoid this in the future, the registry is going to implement a filter that will not allow the creation of new contacts with said numbers of identification. This filter will also not allow to register domains using this type of contact
Furthermore, the Spanish registry reiterated the obligatory nature of providing accurate and truthful data. Red.es has the authority to carry out verification on the registry data of domain names through the Cancellation process and even to delete domains where required.
Binding applications for .art domains possible
We are now accepting your binding applications for domain names under the new .art TLD. This TLD refers to anyone with a connection to the art world, including:
- Individuals: Artists, experts, collectors, enthusiasts ...
- Institutions: Galleries, art fairs, cultural centers ...
- Commercial organizations: Dealers, auction houses, supporting businesses ...
Supported IDNs: AR, CYRL, DA, DE, ES, FR, GREK, HE, JA, KO, LATN, LO, PL, RU, SV, TH, ZH.
Sunrise: Until February 7 (14:00 UTC).
Limited Registration Period (LRP): From February 8 (14:00 UTC) until May 9 (14:00 UTC).
Early Access Program (EAP): May 10 (14:00 UTC) until May 17 (13:59 UTC).
General Availability (GA): As of May 17 (14:00 UTC).
Launch of 7 IDN TLDs of Amazon Registry Services
We are now accepting your binding Sunrise applications for these 7 IDN TLDs:
.家電 (.xn--fct429k, Chinese for electronics)
.食品 (.xn--jvr189m, Chinese for food)
.書籍 (.xn--rovu88b, Chinese for books)
.セール (.xn--1ck2e1b, Japanese for sale)
.ファッション (.xn--bck1b9a5dre4c, Japanese for fashion)
.クラウド (.xn--gckr3f0f, Japanese for cloud)
.ストア (.xn--cck2b3b, Japanese for store)
Supported IDNs: ZH, DA, FI, FR, DE, HU, IS, JP, KO, LV, LT, NO, PL, PT, RU, ES, SV.
Sunrise: until January 31, 2017 (14:00 UTC).
General Availability (GA): as of February 28, 2017 (14:00 UTC).
.nz: Provisional Address Masking Option
The .nz registry has introduced a Provisional Address Masking Option which offers individual .nz registrants the possibility to have their contact address "masked" from public display in the whois.
Individual registrants who take up this option will have their contact address masked with a unique reference code and the Domain Name Commission’s P.O. Box address. The registry will on-forward any post received to the registrant concerned.
Qatar Encouraging Locals To Use Its ccTLD
Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority wants more local businesses and individuals to use their .qa and قطر. Domains. Half of the 22,200 .qa domains have been registered in three second level domains - .com.qa (for Qatari companies), .net.qa (for Qatari IT-related companies) and .name.qa (for Qatari citizens and residents). For registrations directly under .qa, registrants do not need to meet any eligibility requirements.
.bank & .insurance: Security requirements / re-verification
.bank and .insurance domain name registrations must go through a registry verification process and comply with special security requirements.
The registry detected some compliance issues that have persisted for extended periods of time. The most common issue detected is non-compliance with the TLS encryption requirement saying that v1.1 or greater must be used and that older versions such as v1.0 are strictly prohibited. The registry recommends to review requirement #30 in the Security Requirements and Annex A regarding Authorizations for Defined Services.
The TLS and any other applicable requirements must be brought into compliance no later than April 30, 2017. On May 1, 2017, any domains or sub-domains that are non-compliant will be subject to escalated compliance actions up to and including suspension of the domain name.
Requirement for re-verification every two years
The fTLD’s Security Requirement #20 specifies that "Registry Operator must re-verify registrants every two years or at domain renewal, whichever is first, or when there is a change to the registrant organization name."
In accordance with this requirement, all .bank domain names with a creation date in 2015 and with a registration term of three years or greater must be re-verified in 2017, unless they were renewed early in 2016. Further, any domain names created in 2015 with a three-year term, will also have a re-verification conducted in 2018 if they are renewed at that time. If there have been no changes since the 2017 re-verification, then a full re-verification will not be needed at the time of renewal.
.IE Drops Block On Geographic Names While Struggling .IRISH Sold To Donuts
IE Domain Registry dropped its block on Irish geographic names being included in .ie domain names on 20 December. The change means Irish businesses and community groups can now register domains that contain their geographic location.
Any town, village, city or townland can be applied for. In the past, these domains were only available to Local Authorities, or anyone who got special permission from them. While most geographic names will have been registered, options will exist for potential registrants to use the geographic names as part of a longer name, for example, HowthRugbyClub.ie.
There are currently 222,200 .ie domain names registered, so there are plenty of options to choose from.
And in other Irish domain news, the struggling .irish has been sold to Donuts. The new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) aimed at the global Irish diaspora has not been the hit its operators had expected. Launching in June 2015, .irish peaked at 2,462 registrations in September 2016 and has since declined and since the beginning of October has seen around 2,160 registrations.
The addition of .irish will mean Donuts operates 198 new gTLDs with 1.880 million domains.
.organic: Discontinuation of eligibility verification process on January 31
The eligibility verification process for .organic domain names will be discontinued effective January 31, 2017 (16:00 UTC).
Thus, the requirement that registrants demonstrate eligibility prior to activating their .organic domain name(s) in the DNS will end. It is no longer necessary to submit evidence through the .organic verification portal at verify.organic. Trademark claims will re-open for a period of 90 days from January 31, 2017 until May 1, 2017.
.FR and .IT Reach 3 Million Registrations Milestones
The French and Italian ccTLDs, .fr and .it, made it to the 3 million registrations milestone in early December, around a week apart. The ccTLDs are the tenth and eleventh largest in the world and currently have 3,008,000 and 3,004,000 registrations respectively.
For .fr, registrations grew by 2.1% in 2016 and the registry, Afnic donates 90% of the profits generated by .fr activities to its Foundation for Digital Inclusion which funds projects throughout France to make the internet accessible to the greatest number of people and reduce digital exclusion.
Commemorating the milestone for .it, the registry Registro.it notes they have significant opportunities for growth as a third (33%) of micro enterprises do not have their own domain name. Like .it, all other ccTLDs have significant growth opportunities among small businesses and while the next million for .fr and .it may not come as quick, there are still significant growth opportunities.
.travel domains now open to everyone!
The .travel registry changed their policies and lowered the registration restrictions. .travel domain names are now available to everyone who provides or plan to provide services, products or content in or to the travel industry. New travel startups are welcome, and that includes every new travel content provider. Before this policy update, only licensed travel businesses were eligible to register a .travel domain.
China Officially Approves Three New gTLDs For Local Use
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the country’s domain name regulator, has given official approval for 3 new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) to be sold in China. The approval means Chinese registrars are now officially allowed to sell .club, .vip and .xyz domain names. Further, registrants will be able to obtain an ICP license, a license that permits a China-based website to be hosted within the country.
The announcement is of huge significance for the 3 new gTLDs. They have each established offices in China and have utilised the services of China’s backend registry provider ZNDS. There are only 2 other TLDs that have been given this permission - Verisign’s .com and .net being the other 2. Even without the official authorisation, around 40% of registrations for each of the new gTLDs come from China.
Even without the official approval, new gTLDs are already huge in China. There are currently around 27 million domain names registered across the 1,209 new gTLDs delegated by ICANN, including brand gTLDs. Of these 11.9 million (44.1%) domains are registered to Chinese registrants, according to nTLDstats.com. The only other country of origin for where the registrant can be identified with more than one million is the USA with 2.7 million registrations. There are also 7.3 million registrations for which the registrant has used a Whois Proxy and hence their location, or even identity, can’t be readily determined.
Of all the new gTLDs, .xyz is the largest with 6.64 million registrations, .club fifth (892,000) and .vip ninth (554,000). Together they account for almost 3 in 10 (29.97%) of all new gTLD registrations.
However there is one possible downside to the official approval. It is probable that the Chinese government will be able to order domain names, and hosted websites, to be deleted it doesn’t approve of.
For domain investors, or domainers, there are also huge opportunities. Chinese registrants, including investors, consider .com a “door to the world [for] a Chinese enterprise, and every Chinese company aspires to have a ‘grand’ entrance” according to the Coreile Newsletter blog. Which also helps to explain the popularity of .vip, or “very important person”. Chinese registrants like numeric domain names as many rhyme with Chinese characters such as “520” that rhymes with (sounds like) the Chinese characters 我愛你 (“I love you”), perfect for a dating website, according to Coreile. Chinese companies also like to use acronyms for domains, a practice that is not as common among western companies.
.at: Short domains available as of December 6
nic.at has successfully completed the Sunrise phase and the public auction for .at short domains. All short domains which were not allocated during these phases will be made available on December 6 following the principle first-come, first-served.
In order to prepare the registry systems for the changed policy there will be maintenance work on December 6 between 10:00 and 12:00 CET. During this maintenance window it is not possible to register or update .at domains.
New gTLDs - Sunrise Starts
The Sunrise period of this new gTLD will start next week:
December 7, 2016 - February 7, 2017:
ICANN Implements Changes To gTLD Transfer Policies To Thwart Domain Hijacking
Domain name hijacking, where registration details are changed without permission, can have devastating consequences for a brand owner. Loss of reputation and income are the two most significant impacts. With a domain name hijacked, hijackers can put up an identical website for phishing and that can harvest a customer’s personal and financial information. Recovering a hijacked domain name can be time consuming, difficult and costly.
To attempt to thwart hijackers, ICANN has introduced changes to its transfer policies. The changes are aimed at making it clearer and more secure for domain owners, or registrants, for all generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs). Written confirmation is required before any transfer can take place.
The policies being changed are the Transfer and the Transfer Dispute Resolution (TDRP) policies, with the changes commencing on 1 December 2016. They only apply to transfers of gTLDs such as .com, .net or .xyz to or from ICANN-accredited registrars. They don’t apply to country code Top Level Domains, or ccTLDs, such as .uk or .de.
It is important that registrants are aware of the changes, so we thought we’d explain what the changes mean.
The changes will see a requirement for much greater clarification around confirming both the prior and the new domain owner are aware of the changes to ownership to thwart unauthorised transfers such as through domain name hijacking and other fraudulent activities. Both former and current domain owners will be notified simultaneously of changes. To activate a domain transfer, both the new and old registrars need to complete a Form of Authorization (FOA) available from the ICANN website.
The most important changes to the Transfer Policy include:
- Registrars must deny a transfer request if the registrar has imposed a 60-day domain transfer lock following a Change of Registrant, and the registrant did not opt out of the lock.
- The definition of a Material Change as it relates to a Change of Registrant has been clarified.
- The required information in the notification to the old and new registrant has been modified.
- Registrars must deny a transfer in the event of a Uniform Rapid Suspension System dispute that the registrar has been informed of.
The changes to the Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy (TDRP) include:
- New definitions have been added.
- Registrars must file TDRP complaints with ICANN-approved dispute resolution providers and can no longer file TDRP complaints with registries.
- Complaints about the TDRP can be made up to 12 months after the transfer. Currently complaints must be made within six months.
- Updated reasons for denying a domain transfer in the Transfer Policy have been added to the TDRP.
- Transfers are invalid if the Dispute Resolution Panel decides that the gaining registrar acquired the domain name(s) through an invalid transfer.
- In the event of an invalid transfer occurring, the domain shall be transferred back to the registrar prior to the invalid transfer.
The changes are the result of two consultations ICANN conducted over a number of years, starting back in 2012.
ICANN has published a redline version of the Transfer Policy showing changes to the previous policy that can be downloaded here.
There is also a redline version of the TDRP available here.
Premium Lists for Chinese IDNs avaiable
The TLD Registry Ltd. has made available its lists of Premium Names for download for the following TLDs:
- .在线 (xn--3ds443g “Dot Chinese Online”)
- .中文网 (xn--fiq228c5hs “Dot Chinese Website”)
Please find the lists here.
.law & abogado: Expanded eligibility, revised verification process
The following changes to both .law and .abogado domain names are effective as of now:
- Expanded Eligibility: The registry has expanded the .law & .abogado eligibility policy and will now allow Authorized Legal Institutions (i.e., law firms, law schools, legal regulators such as bar associations, and courts of law), subject to verification, to register a .law or .abogado domain.
- Revised Verification Process: So far, applicants for a .law or .abogado domain must first apply for their desired domain and complete a verification process before the name has been assigned to them. Now the verification process will occur after registration. Under this approach the domain name is provisionally delegated to the registrant. The registrant will still be required to complete the information for verification but will no longer have to wait until verification is complete to use the domain name. Applicants that fail the verification process will have their domain withdrawn and therefore may wish to wait until verification is confirmed before putting a site live. Verification typically takes around 1-2 business days.
New gTLDs - Domain name releases
- Rightside's inventory of highly sought-after, two-character .games domains are currently released in several steps.
- More than 520,000 reserved .top domains were released for registration by the registry.
- The .alsace registry removed from their bases a third list of premium domains. They are now available at regular pricing. One last operation like this one will follow in November.
- Uniregistry released over 3.5 million domain names across 19 TLDs as .click, .link, .lol, or .help, including 1.2 million premium names.
- .saarland: More than 300 premium domain names from the fields of business were released at standard price, for example taxis.saarland, topmodels.saarland, or outlets.saarland.
- .berlin: The registry will extend their premium domain list on November 15.
- MMX released 17,000 domains. Approximately 1,700 are .vip pinyin domains which are being released for the first time. A further 15,300 domains are being reintroduced having originally been in the channel but then posted in the secondary market last year.
DPML Plus: New Donuts Blocking Service for Trademarks in TMCH
DPML Plus is a newly introduced blocking service by Donuts to block domain registrations matching trademarks recorded in the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). It replaces the DPML service of Donuts.
DPML Plus is a ten-year block for an exact match SLD across all Donuts TLDs that introduces the ability to block misspellings of a trademark for no additional charge.
The following features and benefits are available, currently not offered in the legacy DPML service:
- It permits a block of 1 exact match SLD plus 3 additional SLDs, at no extra charge, that can be any combination of misspellings and/or word compositions.
- The blocks are for 10 years vs. the current 5-year block.
- It blocks SLDs across all Donuts TLDs, including all standard and premium domain names.
- Unlimited overrides for the duration of the 10-year term are included (i.e. no override fee will apply when the holders register their name(s) in the blocked TLDs).
- The DPML Plus blocks are not subject to override registrations by other parties with the same parameter.
The .cam Sunrise is on!
.cam allows direct access to videos, pictures and social content related to webcam, camera, live events, broadcasting, social networks, sport, and personal activities. We are now accepting your binding applications for domain names under the new .cam TLD.
Sunrise: until December 5, 2016
Early Access Program (EAP): December 7 until December 13, 2016
General Availability (GA): as of December 14, 2016
Available now: .radio.fm & .radio.am
As of now, radio.fm and radio.am domains are available for registration.
radio.fm and radio.am domains are used by individuals and corporations related to the radio station industry, but can be used by anyone.
For more information, please contact our team.
Key-Systems' event calendar: November
IP Service World
2016-11-21 - 2016-11-22
Update to gTLD Domain Owner Changes as of December 1, 2016
ICANN has announced and will enforce amendments to the Transfer Policy as of December 1, 2016. The new policy changes the process of gTLD Domain Owner Changes and will be imposed on all generic domain extensions and on all ICANN registrars. Thus, new procedures will come into effect. ccTLDs are not affected.
The new ICANN transfer policy authorizes Designated Agents of the old and new registrants to confirm and perform requested changes and to receive the notification regarding the transfer lock resulting from the modification.
For more information, please contact our team.
New gTLDs - Sunrise Starts
The Sunrise period of these new gTLDs will start next week:
November 1, 2016 - January 31, 2016:
.家電 (xn--fct429k, Chinese for home appliances), .食品 (xn--jvr189m, Chinese for food), .書籍 (xn--rovu88b, Chinese for books), .セール (xn--1ck2e1b, Japanese for sale), .ファッション (xn--bck1b9a5dre4c, Japanese for fashion), .クラウド (xn--gckr3f0f, Japanese for cloud), .ストア (xn--cck2b3b, Japanese for store)
November 2, 2016 - December 2, 2016:
Radix infografic about new gTLDs
The Radix Registry created an infographic that covers the topic "How Radix TLDs Fare With End Consumers". The information is grounded on a new gTLD consumer awareness study conducted by ICANN and then published as a report. Here is a snapshot of some interesting statistics:
- 52% of surveyed users were aware of at least one new gTLD presented to them
- 7 out of 10 new-gtld-aware consumers have visited a site on a new gTLD
- .online seems to be well known by consumers worldwide
- .website is the most popular new domain in South America & Brazil