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The service covers all of ICM Registry TLDs - dotXXX, dotSEX, dotADULT and dotPORN.
No, AdultBlock has been designed to block registrations across the ICM Registry adult-themed TLDs.
Currently, only trademark holders with a valid Signed Mark Data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and dotXXX Sunrise B participants are eligible.
The Trademark Clearinghouse is a database of validated and registered trademarks established by ICANN to prevent infringing behaviour in the domain name system.
A service offered to trademark and service mark owners to block their marks from being registered when dotXXX was being launched in 2011.
Contact your TMCH agent to obtain a list of your marks registered in the TMCH database.
Please contact the registrar who originally submitted your dotXXX Sunrise B registrations.
Please provide your registration details here and one of our customer service members will respond within two business days.
You may use your eligible Sunrise B dotXXX domain(s) to secure an AdultBlock at any accredited agent.
Try our variant calculator here to view the strings protected by the service.
AdultBlock will block all corresponding available domains irrespective of the price point and automatically block any additional dropped names while the block service is in place.
No, domains that are currently registered cannot be blocked until the name is deleted or expires.
Once the redemption period has ended and the domain name becomes available, the domain name will be added to the block for the remainder of the service period.
Once you purchase an AdultBlock then any domain currently registered will remain active until you either delete it or decide not to renew. Once the domain is deleted, it will automatically be included in your AdultBlock service.
Only holders of a matching trademark with a valid SMD file issued by the TMCH or an original Sunrise B dotXXX can apply for the AdultBlock service.
The AdultBlock service does not allow the domain name to be unblocked.
The variant generation software is based on Unicode Consortium standards. This means that the service blocks characters available today along with any future language character sets that become available in the ICM Registry TLDs.
Yes, the service will block other confusingly similar characters such as replacing an ‘L’ with a ‘1’ and an ‘E’ with a ‘3’.
The number of variants can sometimes run into the thousands and for this reason, ICM Registry only provides a sample of the variants for reference. Acquire a sample along with the number of variants here.
Sunrise Bs expire in December 2021. Registrars will work with their Sunrise B customers to decide whether they want to convert the name to a standard AdultBlock registration. To provide additional time after the expiration date, the name will go through something equivalent to an auto-renew grace period where registrars can delete any Sunrise B name that their customer does not want converted to a standard AdultBlock registration.
If the Sunrise B registration is deleted, the domain will become available on a first-come, first-served basis upon the completion of the grace period beginning December 2021.
Your registrar will contact you to ascertain whether you want to convert your Sunrise B to an AdultBlock; if you do not want to convert to an AdultBlock, your registrar will delete the name and the name may become available for registration by third parties.
Please contact your AdultBlock accredited agent for pricing.
The Sunrise B product was based on rights validated in 2011. Leading up to the expiration of Sunrise B registrations, rights will be grandfathered into the AdultBlock product. Once expired, Sunrise B registrants will need to re-validate their marks.
A Validation Agent will review the rights used in the 2011 Sunrise B submission to ensure they satisfy the current AdultBlock requirements, which are based on the existing TMCH rules. If the rights are valid, the conversion to AdultBlock will be completed. If the rights are no longer valid, the Validation Agent will work with the accredited agent to meet the requirements. The domain will be available during this process if it is not completed before the end of the grace period. The re-validation fee is non-refundable.
Ask your AdultBlock accredited registrar to convert your Sunrise B registration to the AdultBlock service today.
The transfer of Sunrise B registrations will soon be available. Please contact your AdultBlock accredited agent to arrange a transfer once the functionality becomes available.
Sunrise B registration information will soon be available in the registry system and to your current accredited registrar who will be able to update your registration data. This functionality will become available later in 2020.
For policy reasons, a conversion is not possible. Registrants will need to either convert to an AdultBlock or attempt to register the domain when it becomes available on a first-come, first-served basis in December 2021.
The product is available in 1, 3, 5 and 10-year registration periods.
AdultBlock renewals mirror registration periods with 1, 3, 5 and 10-year options available to a maximum of 10-years.
Yes, registrants may transfer the AdultBlock service between registrars. The transfer request will add one additional year to the life of the service.
ICM Registry will check the validity of the SMD file from time to time during the AdultBlock service. Registrants are responsible for ensuring the SMD file remains valid.
No, the AdultBlock+ product will block all variants in the SMD file.
All blocked domains will include the following message in the WHOIS database, “This name subscribes to the AdultBlock+ product; therefore, this name is not available for registration”.
The AdultBlock service is available through any of our accredited partners. View our partners here.
.xxx was the first TLD to offer a blocking service in 2011; that blocking service was called Sunrise B. With the launch of the new gTLD program many TLDs now offer enhanced blocking services that provide additional value for rights holders. In this spirit, ICM’s TLDs (.xxx, .adult, .porn, and .sex) launched the AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ Service. The AdultBlock Services not only protect brands from cybersquatting in all 4 of ICM’s TLDs (.xxx, .adult, .porn, and .sex) but also add phishing and other abuse related protections. The industry standard has changed a lot since 2011 and with the updated, enriched AdultBlock Services available in .xxx, .adult. .porn and .sex, it is no longer commercially practicable to continue the outdated .xxx Sunrise B program. In honor of the original program and as an additional value to Sunrise B rights owners who want to participate in AdultBlock Services, Sunrise B rights owners automatically qualify, without needing to re-verify the underlying trademark. For Sunrise B owners interested in the expanded and enriched AdultBlock Services, contact your AdultBlock accredited registrar to find out more about registration terms and fees.