Celebrities worldwide are racing to protect their names in the .XXX domain

Celebrities scramble to protect themselves in .XXX to prevent domain forwarding to Adult sites or Adult sites being launched in their name, such as britneyspears.xxx or simoncowell.xxx – a scary thought!

The ICM registry has revealed that around 15,000 domains in the .XXX extension have been reserved. Although they are not releasing the list of names included, some bright sparks have compiled an unofficial list using whois tools.

Famous names from Justin Bieber to Halle Berry; Beyonce to Charlie Sheen, even the likes of Elton John and Piers Morgan are protected. However the list not only includes celebrities, but also names that have been blocked on cultural grounds, including cultural personalities, capital cities and political figures such as Barack Obama and David Cameron.

The inclusion of names reserved in this stage seems to be based on fame rather than sex appeal as the list includes names such as Brad Pitt as well as Donald Trump. This also does not seem to be limited to the living, as names such as amywinehouse.xxx, elvis.xxx and even osamabinladen.xxx have been blocked.

But why can’t these names be blocked and protected during the Sunrise Period? The answer is that Celebrity names do not qualify as trademarks so are not included in this stage. However this does has its advantages as it prevents cybersquatters using their names, leading to lengthy legal battles to recover them.

 

Join the Celebs and make sure you are protected:

ICM’s trademark protection period (Sunrise B) will not be open for long; it opened on 7th September and will close on 28th October 2011, so make sure you have your trademark protected, before regular registrations begin in December.

 

General Availability pre- registration is available at www.register365.com from Tuesday 20th September
– you can call our sales team from Tuesday onwards to make sure your domain is protected on  1890 944 500


 

Keep checking back for more information on .XXX registrations or to discuss this further with our Domain Name Management team, call us on:  1890 944 500

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One thought on “Celebrities worldwide are racing to protect their names in the .XXX domain

  1. Great article! What is the cost for these domains going to be? I also wonder how google is going to rank these based on Geo location I.e a biz in Ireland vs Australisa when listing.

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