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Binding applications for .fun domain names possible now!


20.01.2017 14:25

We are now accepting your binding applications for domain names under the new .fun TLD.

It's a short and meaningful new domain extension, perfect for individuals and organizations focussing on entertainment or leisure sectors by creating a brand image that is young and vibrant.

Launch time-table:

Sunrise: From January 23 (16:00 UTC) until March 24 (15:59 UTC). Only for trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file. Multiple applications for the same domain will be resolved by auction.
Early Access Program (EAP): From March 27 (16:00 UTC) until April 5 (15:59 UTC). First-come, first-served.
General Availability (GA): As of April 5 (16:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

Please note: Applications can be submitted until 1 hour before the end of Sunrise / EAP respectively before begin of General Availability.

[COMMAND]
command = AddDomainApplication
class = FUN-SUNRISE | FUN-EAP-DAY-1 | FUN-EAP-DAY-2 | FUN-EAP-DAY-3 | FUN-EAP-DAY-4 | FUN-EAP-DAY-5 | FUN-EAP-DAY-6 | FUN-EAP-DAY-7-9 | FUN-GOLIVE
domain = example.fun
period = 1
auth = [authcode]
ownercontact0 = [CONTACT]
admincontact0 = [CONTACT]
techcontact0 = [CONTACT]
billingcontact0 = [CONTACT]
nameserver0 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]
nameserver1 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]

FOR SUNRISE:
smdfile0 = [Line 1 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile1 = [Line 2 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile2 = [Line 3 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile3 = [Line 4 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
...
OR
trademark = [Your token] - REQUIRED


.ie: Update regarding owner changes (trades)


30.12.2016 13:17

As we informed you in previous news, .ie trades will be charged with a fee. Please note that this fee is non-refundable. If a trade is not successfully completed within 27 days the fee will not be refunded! Please also note that appropriate evidence of the old and new owner is necessary for a trade. After the trade, the domain locks and cannot be edited during the three-day countdown.

Important: It is only a (paid) trade if both applicant and the owner are modified and both entries coincide.

.bank: Requirement for re-verification every two years


30.12.2016 13:00

We would like to draw your attention to the following: fTLD’s Security Requirement #20 (https://www.ftld.com/docs/fTLD-2016-Security-Requirements.pdf) specifies that "Registry Operator must re-verify registrants every two years or at domain renewal, whichever is first, or when there is a change to the registrant organization name."

In accordance with this requirement, all .bank domain names with a creation date in 2015 and with a registration term of three years or greater must be re-verified in 2017, unless they were renewed early in 2016. Further, any domain names created in 2015 with a three-year term, will also have a re-verification conducted in 2018 if they are renewed at that time. If there have been no changes since the 2017 re-verification, then a full re-verification will not be needed at the time of renewal.

Please note that this requirement for re-verification will also apply to .insurance domains.

.travel domains now open to everyone!


30.12.2016 12:59

Please note the following important change for .travel domain names:

The .travel registry changed their policies and lowered the registration restrictions. .travel domain names are now available to everyone who provides or plans to provide services, products or content in or to the travel industry. New travel startups are welcome, and that includes every new travel content provider. Before this policy update, only licensed travel businesses were eligible to register a .travel domain.

In order to complete a travel registration, a UIN (Unique Identification Number / Member Number) is still required. But the registry simplified the eligibility review. Registrants get their approved UIN now immediately at the registry. The registrants must fill in the form on the website and get their Member Number automatically.

Launch details for 7 IDN TLDs of Amazon Registry Services


15.12.2016 16:39

We are now accepting your binding Sunrise applications for these 7 IDN TLDs:

.家電 (.xn--fct429k, Chinese for electronics)
.食品 (.xn--jvr189m, Chinese for food)
.書籍 (.xn--rovu88b, Chinese for books)
.セール (.xn--1ck2e1b, Japanese for sale)
.ファッション (.xn--bck1b9a5dre4c, Japanese for fashion)
.クラウド (.xn--gckr3f0f, Japanese for cloud)
.ストア (.xn--cck2b3b, Japanese for store)

Supported IDNs: ZH, DA, FI, FR, DE, HU, IS, JP, KO, LV, LT, NO, PL, PT, RU, ES, SV.

Time-table:

Sunrise: Until January 31, 2017 (14:00 UTC). Only for trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file. First-come, first-served.
Please note: Applications can be submitted until 1 hour before the end of Sunrise.

General Availability (GA): As of February 28, 2017 (14:00 UTC). First-come, first-served. Please note: Currently no applications are possible for this period since there are special registry requirements for GA. We will inform you as soon as more details are available.

[COMMAND]
command = AddDomainApplication
class = [IDNZONE]-SUNRISE
domain = example.[idnzone]
period = 1
auth = [authcode]
ownercontact0 = [CONTACT]
admincontact0 = [CONTACT]
techcontact0 = [CONTACT]
billingcontact0 = [CONTACT]
nameserver0 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]
nameserver1 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]

FOR SUNRISE:
smdfile0 = [Line 1 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile1 = [Line 2 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile2 = [Line 3 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile3 = [Line 4 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
...
OR
trademark = [Your token] - REQUIRED



Binding applications for .art domains possible as of now!


15.12.2016 16:09

We are now accepting your binding applications for domain names under the new .art TLD. This TLD refers to anyone with a connection to the art world, including:

- Individuals: Artists, experts, collectors, enthusiasts ...
- Institutions: Galleries, art fairs, cultural centers ...
- Commercial organizations: Dealers, auction houses ...

Supported IDNs: AR, CYRL, DA, DE, ES, FR, GREK, HE, JA, KO, LATN, LO, PL, RU, SV, TH, ZH.

Launch time-table:

Sunrise: Until February 7 (14:00 UTC). Only for trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file. Multiple applications for the same domain will be resolved by auction.

Limited Registration Period (LRP): From February 8 (14:00 UTC) until May 9 (14:00 UTC). This Preferred Access Period is intended for arts-related not-for-profits, museums, institutions, galleries, artists and established members of the art world. Multiple applications for the same domain will be resolved by auction.

Early Access Program (EAP): May 10 (14:00 UTC) until May 17 (13:59 UTC). First-come, first-served.
Please note: Currently no applications are possible for this period since the EAP fees are not yet set by the registry. We will inform you as soon as the prices are available.

General Availability (GA): As of May 17 (14:00 UTC). First-come, first-served.

Please note: Applications can be submitted until 1 hour before the end of Sunrise/LRP respectively before begin of General Availability.



[COMMAND]
command = AddDomainApplication
class = ART-SUNRISE | ART-LRP | ART-GOLIVE
domain = example.art
period = 1
auth = [authcode]
ownercontact0 = [CONTACT]
admincontact0 = [CONTACT]
techcontact0 = [CONTACT]
billingcontact0 = [CONTACT]
nameserver0 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]
nameserver1 = [NAMESERVER] | [NULL]

FOR SUNRISE:
smdfile0 = [Line 1 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile1 = [Line 2 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile2 = [Line 3 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
smdfile3 = [Line 4 of your SMD file] - REQUIRED
...
OR
trademark = [Your token] - REQUIRED


Reminder: Change of the .fr trade command


09.12.2016 15:02

Afnic, the .fr registry, is going to change their registrant change procedure to make it simpler and more compliant with market standards. The changes are already available for testing in the OT&E.
As of December 12, 2016 (10:00 UTC), the registrant change procedure for .fr domain names will be carried out in the following way:

the holder change operation will be carried out via an Update Domain transaction;
the Registrant will be responsible for obtaining the agreement of
the outgoing and incoming registrants to carry out the transaction;
the transaction will not be charged;
the transaction will not change the domain name's expiry date.

After the release of the new registrant change procedure on December 12 (10:00 UTC), the trade command will be disabled, so sending a Trade command (request/cancel) will receive an error. Along with the successful update of the registrant the domain authcode will be updated as well and needs to be provided to the new registrant. The new authcode can be retrieved by standard StatusDomain command.

Obligations regarding updates of registered name holders:

For any update of the registered name holder of a .fr domain name, the Registry Service Provider (RSP) must obtain and keep documentary evidence of the agreement of the previous registered name holder and the new registered name holder (if applicable). Such evidence can be obtained through approval emails, trigger codes sent by SMS, log entries of approvals given in registered name holders customer account with RSP or similar processes. Upon reasonable request documentary evidence must be provided within 3 workingdays. Failure to provide documentary evidence shall result in a penalty fee of 1,000 EUR.

RSP is also responsible for informing the old and new registered name holder once the update is complete.

Please note that all changes apply to the other Afnic ccTLDs .re, .yt,
.wf, .tf, and .pm as well.

.organic: Discontinuation of eligibility verification process on January 31


30.11.2016 11:01

Please note that the eligibility verification process for .organic domain names will be discontinued effective January 31, 2017 (16:00 UTC).

Thus, the requirement that registrants demonstrate eligibility prior to activating their .organic domain name(s) in the DNS will end. It is no longer necessary to submit evidence through the .organic verification portal at verify.organic. Trademark claims will re-open for a period of 90 days from January 31, 2017 until May 1, 2017.

Please note this change and make any adjustments needed to eliminate this step in the registration/activation process.

.bank & .insurance: Security requirements enforcement deadline


30.11.2016 10:57


.bank and .insurance domain name registrations must go through a registry verification process and comply with special security requirements.

The registry detected some compliance issues that have persisted for extended periods of time. The most common issue detected is non-compliance with the TLS encryption requirement saying that v1.1 or greater must be used and that older versions such as v1.0 are strictly prohibited. The registry recommends to review requirement #30 in the
Security Requirements and Annex A regarding Authorizations for Defined Services.

Please note that the TLS and any other applicable requirements must be brought into compliance no later than April 30, 2017. On May 1, 2017, any domains or sub-domains that are non-compliant will be subject to escalated compliance actions up to and including suspension of the domain name.

ICANN OwnerChange: Settings available as of Now


30.11.2016 10:54


We would like to inform you that the full settings for the ICANN gTLD OwnerChange are available in our webinterface and via API.

You can find the respective options in the webinterface at "Account" -> "Settings" -> tab: "ICANN Transfer".

Once the settings have been fully implemented in our system, modifications can be made. Please note the new ICANN OwnerChange process
will be activated no sooner than December 1.

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