OpenSRS - .XXX domains | OpenSRS

By: Opensrs  09-12-2011

General Availability Begins December 6 at 16:00 UTC!

You may submit as many queued General Availability orders as you like. Please be aware that we will close the pre-order queue on December 5th. At that time we will debit your Reseller account for each registration submitted. Please ensure that you have funds in your account to cover the full cost of all queued orders or those orders will fail and won't be added to the queue.

Once the queued domains are submitted when the registry opens on December 6, we will issue refunds for any domains not successfully registered.

Registration and management of .XXX domains will initially be available via the RWI only. We'll add .XXX to the Domain Manager in OpenSRS Control Panel shortly.

Special note about how queued registrations are processed: To maximize the speed of submission of the queued names, we attempt to register all domains in the queue using a single registrant contact (namely, OpenSRS). If the domain is successfully obtained, you may see it in your reseller account with incorrect registrant data. Please be patient. Once the queue is flushed, we will then update all successful domain registrations with the correct registrant data.

.XXX Launch Pricing

Please note: Fees shown are 100% non-refundable except where indicated.

.XXX domains will be available to anyone beginning on December 6, 2011. Members of the Sponsored Community will get resolving domains, non-members can register non-resolving domains.

General Availability - begins December 6, 2011 at 16:00 UTC
$80*
one-year registration
Sunrise A (Adult Trademark) Sunrise A (Adult Domain) Sunrise B (Block) Landrush
$200*
includes one-year registration
$75 refund if not successful
$160*
includes one-year registration
$75 refund if not successful
$200*
includes 10 years of blocking
$160*
includes one-year registration
$75 refund if not successful

* Costs shown do not include the $0.18 ICANN fee applied to successful registrations


Special Requirements for Registrants of .XXX Domains

Registrants who wish to have resolving .XXX domains will be required to provide proof that they are members of the Sponsored Community before their .XXX domain will resolve.

Registrants who are non-members of the adult Sponsored Community, can register .XXX domain names, but the domains will not resolve to a website.

The "Additional Information" Section

.XXX domains require additional information to be submitted with the registration. Registrants have a number of options to indicate whether or not they are in the Sponsored Community, or to start the Sponsored Community application process. A screenshot of the section in the Reseller Web Interface is shown below.

Use the various options as follows, depending on the specific circumstances of the registrant and whether the domain being registered is going to be used, or whether it should not resolve.

  1. This domain should not resolve: select this option for registrants who do not wish for their .XXX domain to resolve and who have no intention of joining the Sponsored Community.
  2. Associate domain with an existing member ID: Use this when the registrant is already a member of the Sponsored Community and already has a valid Member ID and Password.

What is the Sponsored Community?

Proving You're In the "Sponsored Community"

Parties who wish to self certify as members of the community will be required to complete their ICM membership process after submitting their Sunrise or Landrush application to the Registrar. The membership process is required to be completed within 48 hours of Sunrise closing. Landrush applicants must have completed the membership process within 48 hours of the close of Landrush. Ultimately once the prospective member fulfills the membership application process on the ICM site, the applicant will be verified by ICM, if successful, membership will be granted.


How Should I Market .XXX Domains?

There are a number of different opportunities provided to resellers with the launch of .XXX domains. Some may wish to provide .XXX domain registrations to members of the sponsored community. Others may wish to consider providing the blocking service during Sunrise 'B' to existing customers to assist them in preventing .XXX domains from being registered that infringe on their intellectual property rights. Whatever business model you select, OpenSRS is able to provide registration services to you as an accredited .XXX registrar.

Marketing Kit

Why a .XXX Domain Extension?

  • The adult industry has been a substantial part of the Internet since its inception. However as the domain name system has dramatically expanded, it has become increasingly difficult to identify what individual websites offer without actually visiting them.
  • Despite a very large online market for adult entertainment, large sections of society do not wish to come into contact with its products and as such .XXX provides both willing consumers of adult entertainment and those who wish to avoid it with an easily identifiable mark – the end of the web address.
  • For adult entertainment providers, those voluntarily identifying themselves as compliant with a comprehensive set of Best Business Practices that are part of the registry policies can provide more predictable revenue streams, greater customer retention and fewer complaints, as regulators and others will see adult entertainment providers take a proactive and responsible approach to their web presence.

Let's Be Adult About It

.XXXTRA Potential

.xxx is already synonymous with adult entertainment, so domain names ending .xxx are immediately adult relevant.

.XXXTRA Coverage

Several Ultra-premium generic .xxx sites will not be sold; instead they will be used as directory sites to promote developed .xxx sites.

.XXXTRA Demand

With hundreds of thousands of applications for .xxx domains, we’ve already proven the wealth of opportunity for .xxx.

.XXXTRA Careful

.xxx sites will be promoted as safe and trustworthy: they will be labeled and verified.

.XXXTRA Brand Protection

Non-sponsored community IP Holders can apply (in Sunrise) to reserve names from registration without ongoing fees.

.XXXTRA Professional

$10 from each domain per year will be donated to the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR).

  • IFFOR is a non-profit foundation tasked with setting the policies for .xxx domains.
  • The policy guidelines are strictly organized in the IFFOR charter and no policy can be implemented outside the charter.

Sunrise/Landrush Specific Information

Notification of Status in Sunrise/Auction and Subsequent Resolution

After any Sunrise name is awarded to an applicant the applicant will be notified by the Registry or Auction Provider. The awarded name will be created just on or before General Availability. At this time the name will be locked with TransferProhibited for 60 days preventing a transfer of the domain name. Prior to General Availability no domain name will resolve.

Landrush Authentication Process

During Sunrise A and Landrush, members of the Sponsored Community are required to authenticate before they are awarded the domain or proceed to auction. The deadline will be up to 48 hours after the close of Sunrise/Landrush. If the Applicant does not authenticate via our membership validation process by the deadline, they will lose their application and no refund will be provided. The authentication process during Sunrise A/Landrush will be:

  • The Registrant registers domain(s) with Registrar and attests he/she is a member of the Sponsored Community.
  • The Registrar submits the application(s) to the Registry (Afilias).
  • The Registrant completes the authentication process from the link provided.
  • The domain name(s) create date, for those not going to auction, will be just on or before General Availability.

Auctions


For Resellers with Landrush or Sunrise Applications

Applications for .XXX domains submitted during the Sunrise and Landrush phases are being processed by ICM Registry. They have provided the following information regarding when successful applications will become available for management through your reseller account.

  • .XXX domains that were awarded during the Sunrise "A" phase (i.e. valid single Sunrise "A" applications that didn't result in an auction) will be available for management through OpenSRS beginning on December 6.
  • An initial, partial batch of successful Sunrise "B" domains will also added to OpenSRS on December 6. Those non-resolving, blocked domains will also begin showing the ICM Registry information page beginning on December 6.
  • The remaining Sunrise "B" domains will be added on December 30, 2011, after ICM Registry completes the validation process.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have much more information about the various phases of the .XXX launch in the form of FAQs provided by ICM Registry (the operator of the .XXX domain). You can view those at:

Webinar: There's More to .XXX Than You Might Think

with Patrick Donaldson, Registrar Liaison, ICM Registry
and Adam Eisner, Director of OpenSRS Product Management

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011


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