Archives: .XXX Domain Names

Written by Geri Haight

As we reported in December, two adult entertainment companies filed suit in federal district court in Los Angeles against the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and ICM Registry, the sole operator of the .XXX domain name registry. The complaint, filed by adult filmmaker Digital Playground Inc. and Manwin Licensing International SARL, alleged that ICANN and ICM Registry engaged in monopolistic conduct, price gouging, and anticompetitive and unfair practices relating to ICANN’s grant of the .XXX gTLD to ICM Registry.  The complaint contained some very interesting allegations, particularly given ICANN’s pending launch of a number of new gTLDs.  In essence, the complaint asserts that ICANN and ICM Registry conspired to establish the .xxx gTLD with the understanding that the operators of adult websites like Digital Playground and Manwin would be forced to pay fees in order to register new .xxx domain names in the .XXX TLD, a registry that ICM Registry now monopolizes.  Continue Reading Legal Challenge To ICM Registry’s and ICANN’s .XXX gTLD Continues – What Are The Implications For Other gTLD Applicants?

Written by Geri Haight

What if someone applied for a new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) that is confusingly similar to the gTLD applied for by your company?  Who has standing to file an objection or to submit a public comment in response to an applied-for gTLD?  These are the questions that many participants and observers of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) new gTLD program are asking.  Continue Reading ICANN’s New gTLDs Program: Disputes, Comments and Objections