.XXX FAQs


General Pre-Registration Questions


Are .XXX domains only for the adult industry?

Any adult webmasters and intellectual property holders in both the Adult and non-Adult space will be allowed register their .XXX domains.

If we submit an application in Sunrise A and get the name, do we have to operate it as an adult-oriented site or can we just re-direct it unless and until we decide we want to provide some adult-related stuff?

As long as you fit the definition of the Sponsored Community and authenticate correctly, your domain will resolve and it can be redirected.

I want to pre-register .XXX domain names, which Sunrise period should I use?

Check the registry rules at www.icmregistry.com for details about the right Sunrise period for you.

If an applicant is a member of the Sponsored Community with verifiable trademark rights and is also owner of exact matching strings in other TLDs, which Sunrise A Fee (trademark or grandfathering) is applicable?

In this example the applicant may apply either for a domain name backed by a trademark or grandfathered via an existing domain name.

Why do each of the Sunrise periods (AT, AD, B) have the same date?

The registry is running all Sunrise periods at the same time.

What if there is more than one application for the same domain name?

Sunrise AT and Sunrise AD have priority over Sunrise B. For multiple applications in Sunrise AT and or Sunrise AD, competing applications will go to an auction. For example, in the scenario where valid applications are submitted in each of the three sunrise periods, the domain would go to one auction for all of the applicants in Sunrise AT and Sunrise AD together. Sunrise B applicants would not participate in the auction and would not be allowed to block the domain.

Are the Sunrise periods first come, first served?

No, there is no first come, first served rush. You must enter all domains between September 07 – October 28, 2011.

What happens if I don’t get the domain I applied for, will I get a refund?

You will get refunded only for the Registration Fee. Any Application Fees are non-refundable.

Can I enter all of my domains at the same time?

For Sunrise AT and Sunrise B you can enter many domains at the same time. Be careful though, they all must have identical IPR information. If each domain has separate IPR information, they should be entered separately. For Sunrise AD, you can only enter in one domain at a time.

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Can I use ID Protect on .XXX domains?

Eventually yes, but not during the Sunrise validation periods.

How can I tell the status of my applications?

Visit the “My Queued Domains” section of the Pre-Registration area. You will see up-to-date statuses of your application(s).

What is the create date for an “awarded” domain?

Create date is the date that the domain goes live in the Registry. For domains awarded during Sunrise or Landrush the creation date will be on or before General Availability of December 6, 2011.

Will there be a WHOIS for Sunrise?

Registrants and Registrars will be notified as domains are awarded, but awarded domains will actually be created and allowed to resolve on or just before December 6, 2011. WHOIS information for these domains will be public on December 8, 2011.

Premium Names – is there a list? Some of our clients have generic brands, and it’s not uncommon to have them show up on premium lists.

The list will not be published, due to the sensitive nature of some terms.

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Sponsored Community Questions

What is the Sponsored Community, am I required to belong to it?

The Sponsored Community is called International Foundation For Online Responsibility (www.iffor.org). You only need to belong to it if you wish to have your domain name resolve. Sponsored Community consists of individuals, business, entities, and organizations that fit one of the following descriptions:

  • Provide Online Adult Entertainment intended for consenting adults (“Providers”) (e.g. adult webmasters, performers, studios, store owners, club operators);
  • Represent Providers (“Representatives”) (e.g. lawyers, agents, advisors, accountants, affiliates); or
  • Provide products or services to Providers and Representatives (“Service Providers”) (e.g. adult domainers, manufacturers, delivery companies, caterers, distribution companies, merchant account services, make up artists, stylists, hosting services).

What is the process to get my Sponsored Community membership?

  1. Person/company submits an application for a name in Sunrise AT, Sunrise AD or Landrush through eNom.
  2. ICM sends the person/company an introduction email with a validation link – to the Registrant Contact email address provided with their application.
  3. The person/company clicks on the validation link within the ICM email and is directed to the ICM Membership Application.
  4. The person/company fills out the ICM Membership Application — free of charge. (Takes about 5 minutes to complete – the Registrant will only have to do this one time per email account, not per domain.)
  5. As a part of ICM's Membership Application, the person has to do the following:
    • Provide correct birth date information
    • Agree to ICM's terms of service
    • Attest to being a member of the Sponsored Community
  6. ICM will validate certain contact details:
    • Address
    • Phone Number
  7. ICM will call the phone number provided during the Membership Application
  8. In that phone call, ICM will provide the person with a PIN # (real time) and the applicant will input the pin in the designated area in the Membership Application process.
  9. Once the person completes the Membership Application, ICM provides the registrar a Membership Token thus allowing all of the .XXX domain names associated with that email account to resolve.

Is Sponsored Membership free?

Yes, membership is free. For more information about IFFOR, please see their website (www.iffor.org).

I am not a member; do I need to be before I submit applications during Sunrise periods?

No, you do not need to be a member first. After you submit an application for Sunrise AT, Sunrise AD or Landrush your Registrant contact email address will receive an email to authenticate after the application has been submitted. You MUST complete the Sponsored Community authentication process by November 2nd at 16:00 UTC or the application will not be validated.

What if I don’t complete the membership process in time?

Your application will not be validated and you will not be refunded your application fee.

I need to be re-sent the notice to authenticate membership, where can I get another one?

You will need to go to www.icmregistry.com for information on how to retrieve another email.

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Auction Questions


When will I be notified if my domain is going to auction?

On or about November 11, 2011 the auction provider, Pool.com, will send the notification about auctions. It will come from no-reply@pool.com and contain an activation link for your account at Pool.com.

Will I know the other auction participants?

Yes. Competing applicants in Sunrise A and B will receive an IP Rights notification by email from ICM Registry on October 31st. The email will only contain information pertaining to Trademark numbers and Sunrise AD existing domains.

If I lose an auction, will I get my fees returned?

You will only be refunded the registration fee. Application fees are non-refundable.

I won the auction for my domain, when will it be placed into my account?

Pool.com will notify the ICM Registry about auction winners, then ICM will notify eNom. After that we will automatically place the domain in your account. We anticipate this to be on or around December 06, 2011.

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Landrush Questions


Who should use Landrush?

Anyone interested in registering a .XXX domain that is part of the Sponsored Community can register a domain without prior trademark rights, it is completely open.

What does “reserved by the registry’ mean?

Prior to Landrush and Sunrise periods, the registry reserved very high value domains that they will release at a later time. If the domain you want is on that list, you will not be able to get the domain during Landrush. Unfortunately, the list isn’t made publicly available.

How are Landrush domains allocated after I apply?

If you are the only applicant for the domain there’s nothing more for you to do after you complete your application. It will be awarded to you around December 6, 2011. If more than one application exists for the domain, you will be sent auction information and will have to compete in a private auction against the other applicants to win the domain.

Do I need to be a member of the sponsored community for Landrush?

Yes, you must be a member of the sponsored community.

Sunrise AT Questions


Who should use Sunrise AT?

Sunrise AT (T=Trademark), is reserved for members of the Sponsored Community who currently hold a verifiable trademark prior to September 1, 2011.

Do I have priority rights over the other Sunrise periods?

Sunrise AT only has priority rights over Sunrise B. If another validated application is submitted in Sunrise AT and/or Sunrise AD, both applicants will compete against each other in an auction.

What information do I need to validate my mark for Sunrise AT?

See www.icmregistry.com for complete details. You will need:

  • IPR Name
  • IPR Number
  • IPR Country
  • IPR Registered Date
  • IPR Entitlement

Who is the Validation Agent?

All validation is done by IPRota. See www.iprota.com for more information.

How will I find out if I need to submit more information to the Validation Agent?

IPRota will notify eNom. eNom has a dedicated support staff trained in handling requests from the validation agent. You’ll be notified via email to your registrant contact email address from sunrise@enom.com with instructions.

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Sunrise AD Questions


Who should use Sunrise AD?

Sunrise AD (D=Domain), is reserved for members of the Sponsored Community who own the exact-match domain names in other TLDs prior to February 1, 2010.

How will my domain ownership be validated in the other domain extensions that I own?

Two validation checks will be performed on Sunrise AD domain name applications. In order for the application to be successfully validated, at least one of these checks must pass. This string must appear in one or both of two locations as follows:

Location 1

In an empty text (.txt) file, prefixed with IPROTA_ (including the underscore), and located in the document root of the website located at www.example.com as per the following example: IPROTA_[DOMAINID].txt

Location 2

IPROTA_[DOMAINID] must be added to the TXT (Text) record of the DNS for the domain name example.com Electronic checks will be undertaken at regular intervals. Failure to place the DOMAINID in either Location 1 or Location 2 will result in an overall failure of the Sunrise AD application. However, providing a positive outcome is achieved on at least one check and the application qualifies in other respects, it will be validated.

Where do I get my DomainID?

Contact enom support at sunrise@enom.com

What is the deadline for adding the DomainID for the validation checks?

16:00 UTC November 2, 2011.

What information do I need to validate my mark for Sunrise AD?

See www.icmregistry.com for complete details. You will need:

  • Exact match domain name in any other TLD extension. Example: “myadultdomain.net” can be used for “myadultdomain.xxx”
  • Creation date of the domain name

Do I have priority rights over the other Sunrise periods?

Sunrise AD only has priority rights over Sunrise B. If another validated application is submitted in Sunrise AT and/or Sunrise AD, both applicants will compete against each other in an auction.

Who is the Validation Agent?

All validation is done by IPRota. See www.iprota.com for more information.

How will I find out if I need to submit more information to the Validation Agent?

IPRota will notify eNom. eNom has a dedicated support staff trained in handling requests from the validation agent. You’ll be notified via email to your registrant contact email address from sunrise@enom.com with instructions.

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Sunrise B Questions


Who should use Sunrise B?

Sunrise B, is for non-members of the Sponsored Community who hold a verifiable trademark, prior to September 1, 2011, and wish to block their domains in the .XXX TLD.

What information do I need to validate my mark for Sunrise B?

See www.icmregistry.com for complete details. You will need:

  • IPR Name
  • IPR Number
  • IPR Country
  • IPR Registered Date
  • IPR Entitlement

If multiple applications are received in Sunrise B, will a closed auction be conducted to determine the allocation of the domain name?

There will be no auctions in Sunrise B. Successful applications do not receive an award of a domain – the block is simply applied to the string. So multiple applications for the same string will each be successful if the applicants’ marks are validated.

My understanding is that we will only have to pay one time to “protect” the domain names in this Sunrise B period. Is that correct?

Yes, Sunrise B is a one-time fee.

What will happen with respect to WHOIS in Sunrise B? Are you going to display the registrant details in this WHOIS?

WHOIS will reflect ICM Registry details. There is no Registrant ownership of the string in Sunrise B.

Will the domain name be granted to the A-type applicant, and will the B-type applicant be granted a refund?

No. All Sunrise applications (A and B) are made on the basis of a one-time, non-refundable fee.

In case of multiple Sunrise B applications on the same domain name, will the others applicants be reimbursed of the fee?

There are no refunds for Sunrise B applications. Each one will be validated.

I’m not sure that I understand the process for multiple applications received during Sunrise B. If 2 applications are received for Sunrise B, will both applicants be notified, or will the domain name be blocked by the first application received?

If multiple applications are received during Sunrise B, all will be validated by the validation agent, IP Rota. If there are no competing applications in Sunrise A, as long as one of the multiple applications in Sunrise B is validated, a block will be applied to the string. We can accept multiple applications because there is no ownership of the domain. Competing Sunrise B apps will not be notified.

Will Sunrise B show who the Registrar is for the block? (or at least one if there is more than one block)

WHOIS will not show who the Registrar is for the block. It will just reflect ICM Registry.

Will MX records work on blocked domains?

No, there is no actual domain created during Sunrise B, so domains cannot resolve. Instead the domains are blocked from registration.

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