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.XXX Domain Names: Rollout Starts in September 2011

The rollout of the .XXX domain is scheduled to start in September with a Sunrise Period lasting approximately 30 days. The Sunrise Period will give brand owners the opportunity to exclude their trademarks as .XXX domain names.

DOT-CA Domain Name Disputes: Top 12 Changes to the CDRP
By Eric Macramalla, Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

In 2002, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) launched the CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (CDRP). The CDRP addresses instances of bad faith registration of dot-ca domain names by way of a relatively quick, out-of-court arbitration at a low cost. CIRA, the Registry for dot-ca domain names, is the not-for-profit corporation that governs the dot-ca domain space.

CIRA is now undertaking a public consultation to solicit input on the CDRP from stakeholders, including lawyers, government, academics, businesses, trade-mark holders, Registrars and Registrants. The purpose of the consultation is to obtain feedback from interested parties on the effectiveness of the CDRP with a view to determining whether changes, if any, should be made to the CDRP. The consultation closed on September 17, 2010.

Sunrise Period for .РФ Domain Name Reservation Extended, Eligibility to Expand

Trademark owners now have until April 23, 2010 to submit priority applications for .РФ domain names.

Proof of Identity Now Required For .RU Domain Registrations the Rule

By April 1, 2010, registrants of domain names ending in .RU must file proof of their identities with their registrars in order to maintain their existing domain names, and obtain new ones. The change comes as a result of the new Terms and Conditions of Domain Names Registration Under Domain .RU, which came into effect on October 1, 2009 and apply to both individual and corporate registrants.

ICANN Announces Approval of Internationalized Country Code Top Level Domains

On October 30, 2009 ICANN, the organization responsible for regulating internet domain names, announced its approval of internationalised country-code top-level domain names (IDN ccTLDs). Beginning November 16, 2009, ICANN will accept applications for ccTLDs in non-Latin characters such as Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese, Korean and Arabic.

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