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Who can register .xxx domain names?
Posted by Phil (Netcetera) on 05 January 2012 09:47 PM

The .xxx top-level domain name (TLD) provides an easily identifiable extension for the adult entertainment industry, its consumers, and those who want to avoid it.

Who can register .xxx domain names?

Community Members

Individuals, businesses, entities, and organizations that provide online adult entertainment intended for consenting adults or other community members can register .xxx domain names.

The ICM Registry defines the sponsored community as "individuals, business, entities, and organizations that have voluntarily determined that a system of self-identification would be beneficial; have voluntarily agreed to comply with all IFFOR Policies and Best Practices Guidelines, as published from time to time on the IFFOR website; and either provide online adult entertainment intended for consenting adults (providers), represent providers (representatives), or provide products or services to providers and representatives (service providers)."

These applicants must complete the ICM Registry's membership application process to confirm your status as a member of the sponsored adult entertainment community and receive membership IDs. For more information about this process, see Managing Your .xxx Membership ID.

Non-Members (Defensive Registrations)

Applicants outside the sponsored adult entertainment community can apply to block domain names from becoming .xxx domain names.

Applicants that purchase defensive registrations to block domain names from becoming .xxx domain names are not required to complete the ICM Registry's membership application process. The registry places those domain names on non-resolving nameservers, and registrants must pay to renew them when they expire.

For more information on who can register .xxx domain names and the different registration phases, see Registering .xxx Domain Names.

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