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Lawsuit on .XXX domain may derail ICANN initiatives

An antitrust lawsuit filed Nov. 16 could halt operations of the .XXX top-level domain that had been approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the governing body that exclusively manages the Internet's domain name system. NAA previously reported on ICANN’s launching of the .XXX top-level domain and implementation of a sunrise period for newspapers and other trademark owners to protect their registered trademarks by defensively blocking .XXX domain names that correspond to their trademarks. ICANN had authorized ICM Registry, a Delaware company, exclusive authority to operate the .XXX top-level domain. The sunrise period is now closed. Trademark owners who missed the sunrise period or whose applications to block .XXX domain names were rejected will have to wait for the general registration period beginning Dec. 6 to reserve domain names defensively. more


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