.NYC Go Live Scheduled for October 8th, 2014

The launch policies for .NYC domain registry were just published by ICANN and they are lengthy.

The “Plan has been developed to describe the Launch Program for the .nyc Top Level Domain (“TLD”) by The City of New York by and through the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (“Registry Operator”).

Launch Schedule:

The following is a brief overview of each of the periods that will be implemented in launching the TLD.

These periods are described in greater detail in the relevant sections of this document. This Plan is not applicable to General Availability:

.nyc Launch Schedule

Phase

Duration

Claims Period

Start Date

Start Time UTC

End Date

End Time UTC

Sunrise

45 days

No

May 5, 2014

15:00:01

June 20, 2014

15:00:00

City Government Affiliated Phase

36 days

Yes

June 25, 2014

15:00:01

July 31, 2014

15:00:00

Landrush Period

60 days

Yes

August 4, 2014

15:00:01

October 3, 2014

15:00:00

General Availability

n/a

Yes

October 8, 2013

15:00:00

n/a

n/a

Although General Availability says it will start on October 8, 2013 they mean 2014.

Registry Operator will offer a 45 day Sunrise Period, specifically in relation to Rights Protection Mechanisms. The Sunrise Period allows trademark holders the ability to secure their trademarks in a.nyc TLD prior to the City Government Affiliated Phase, Landrush Period and General Availability.

During the Sunrise Period, only SMD File holders (or their agents) are allowed to submit Sunrise Application(s). Successful Sunrise Registration(s) will be allocated to trademark holders after the Sunrise Period ends unless two or more Sunrise
Applicants apply for the same TLD. In that case, the Sunrise Applicants will resolve contentions through an auction process with the Registry Operator’s authorized Auction Provider.

Registry Operator will offer a thirty (30) day City Government Affiliated Phase. This limited registration period will make available certain domain names reserved by New York City to qualified New York City government affiliated agencies, organizations and entities.
All domain name registered during this period shall be registered through an ICANN-Accredited Registrar to registrants that have been validated by the New York City Government to receive such domain names. In addition, all name registered shall be included in ICANN’s mandatory trademark claims process.

For the City Government Affiliated Phase, any name that found on the .nyc SLD block list, found at http://www.icann.org/sites/default/files/tlds/nyc/nyc-apd-list-12nov13-en.csv will be available for registration, but cannot be activated in the DNS until ICANN permits.

Registry Operator will offer a sixty (60) day Landrush Period. A Landrush Period operates to allow any eligible Applicant to apply for a domain name in the TLD before the commencement of General Availability.

Where there are multiple Applications for the same domain name during the Landrush Period these Applications will proceed to auction. In order to resolve multiple Applications for the same domain name, the Applicant will be invited to take part in an auction.

.nyc Nexus Policy
The City of New York desires to have only those individuals or entities having a substantive and lawful connection to the City be permitted to register for .nyc domain names (“Nexus Policy”).
1. Registrants in .nyc must be either:

a. a natural person whose primary place of domicile is a valid physical address in the City of New York (“Nexus Category 1”); or

b. an entity or organization that has a physical street address in the City of New York (“Nexus Category 2”).

2. The existence of a P.O. Box address in the City of New York shall not qualify for purposes of meeting the Nexus Policy.

3. Registrants must agree in their Agreement with their Registrar and/or Reseller, as applicable, that they are in compliance with all relevant Federal, New York State and New York City laws, including the tax requirements for conducting business via the Internet.

4. Registrants must remain in compliance with the applicable Nexus Category for the entire period of such domain name’s registration by the registrant.

5. Registrars shall require that all registrants certify that they satisfy the Nexus Policy.

6. Registrants may not license, sub-delegate or otherwise transfer .nyc domain names to third parties that otherwise fail to meet the requirements of this Nexus Policy.

Premium Names:

Registry Operator, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to reserve certain domain names that will be made available for registration, during the Launch Program and General Availability, through an auction process by the Auction Provider for a premium fixed price or bidding auction. Such domain names may be subject to a premium registration fee that is independent to any fee paid at auction.

Additionally, Registry Operator, at its sole discretion, reserve certain domain names that expire during General Availability, to be made available for registration.
Acceptable Use Policy
By registering a name in the .nyc top-level domain (.nyc), you represent and warrant that you will not use that registration for any illegal purposes, including without limitation, to:

Distribute malware or engage in malicious hacking, bot-netting, phishing, pharming, fast flux hosting, fraudulent or deceptive practices;
Use, promote, encourage the promotion of, or distribute child abuse images or engage in the exploitation of minors in any way;
Illegally sell or distribute pharmaceuticals;

Infringe the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity including, without limitation, counterfeiting, piracy or trademark or copyright infringement;

Impersonate any person or entity, or submit information on behalf of any other person or entity, without their express prior written consent;

Violate the privacy or publicity rights of any other person or entity;

Promote or engage in any spam or other unsolicited bulk email;

Distribute software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment or computer or network hacking or cracking;
Interfere with the operation of .nyc or services offered by the .nyc Registry Operator; or

Otherwise engage in activity that is contrary to applicable U.S., State or local law or .nyc Policies.

By registering a name in .nyc:

You represent and warrant that you have provided current, complete, and accurate information in connection with your Registration, and that you will correct and update this information to ensure that it remains current, complete, and accurate throughout the term of any resulting Registration or Reservation. Your obligation to provide current, accurate, and complete information is a material element of this Agreement, and the .nyc Registry Operator reserves the right to immediately deny, cancel, terminate, suspend, lock, or transfer any Registration if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the information is materially inaccurate;

You consent to the collection, use, processing, and/or disclosure of your personal information in the United States and in accordance with the .nyc Privacy Policy posted on the .nyc website at http://www.nic.nyc.

You acknowledge and agree to abide by all .nyc Policies set forth on the .nyc website at http://www.nic.nyc. You specifically acknowledge and agree that the .nyc Policies may be modified by the .nyc Registry Operator, and agree to comply with any such changes in the time period specified for compliance;

You acknowledge and agree that the .nyc Registry Operator reserves the right to disqualify you or your agents from making or maintaining any Registrations or Reservations in the .nyc if you are found to have repeatedly engaged in abusive registrations, in its sole discretion;

.NYC Administrator reserves the right to deny, cancel or transfer any registration or transaction, or place any domain name(s) on registry lock, hold or similar status, that it deems necessary, in its discretion if it reasonably concludes that the domain name is being used in a manner that appears to (i) conflict with this Policy, (ii) threaten the stability, integrity or security of the .nyc TLD, the DNS or the global Internet, or any of its registrar partners and/or (iii) put the safety and security of any registrant or user at risk. The process also allows the Registry to take proactive measures to detect and prevent criminal conduct or cybersecurity threats.

You acknowledge and agree that the .nyc Registry Operator reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to take any administrative and operational actions necessary, including the use of computer forensics and information security technological services, among other things, in order to implement the Acceptable Use Policy.

In addition, the .nyc Administrator reserves the right to deny, cancel or transfer any registration or transaction, or place any domain name(s) on registry lock, hold or similar status, that it deems necessary, in its discretion: to enforce .nyc Policies, as amended from time to time; to protect the integrity and stability of the .nyc Registry Operator, its operations, and the .nyc; to comply with any applicable law, regulation, holding, order, or decision issued by a court, administrative authority, or dispute resolution service provider with jurisdiction over the .nyc Registry Operator or you;

to establish, assert, or defend the legal rights of the .nyc Registry Operator or a third party, or to avoid any liability, civil or criminal, on the part of the .nyc Registry Operator as well as its affiliates, subsidiaries, owners, officers, directors, representatives, employees, contractors, and stockholders;

to respond to violations of this policy;

to correct mistakes made by the .nyc Registry Operator or any Registrar in connection with a Registration or Reservation; or
as otherwise provided herein.

No Privacy or Proxy Registrations For .NYC New gTLD Domain Names

This week during the Fairwinds Beyond The Dot conference held in Washington, Jeff Neuman of Neustar,  laid out some more interesting information about the new .NYC extension which Neustar will be running in cooperation with the city of New York.

Domaininvesting.com covered some basic eligibility a few days ago, including that a registrant be an entity, business or resident who has a physical location in New York.

For one no privacy registrations will be allowed.

Each registration will have to contain the entity, business or resident of New York who actually is at the location and yes Neustar promises to verify each new registration and each domain transfer of a .NYC domain.

Since the registrant will have to match voter records, tax record business filings, drivers licenses and such it seems a virtual address isn’t going to work and privacy is strictly prohibited.

Neustar operates the .US domain name extension which also has a nexus requirement for registrants for a .US domain names and has been known to pull a registration from registrants even if a domain name was purchased in the aftermarket.

 

.NYC Expects To Go Live in 1st Half of 2014

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According to a mailing from the offical site of the .NYC new gTLD domain name extension, mydotnyc.com the city expects that the .NYC extension will go live in the 1st half of 2014.

“The City of New York will be one of the first cities in the world to be granted its own domain extension by ICANN, the nonprofit organization responsible for overseeing the domain names.

“Approval of .nyc comes as ICANN expands the number of generic top-level domains beyond such extensions as .com, .org and .edu, that currently exist.”

“Since the City’s application for .nyc has been approved by ICANN. We are now in the implementation phase which includes contracting with ICANN, activation of .nyc in the global Internet infrastructure , and then testing.”

“Based on the current status we now expect .nyc to go live in the first half of 2014.”

“.nyc launch activities are likely to begin between April and June 2014.”

According to the site, New York City businesses and organizations with a NYC address, individuals with a primary residence in NYC, as well as those offering products or services to New Yorkers can register a .nyc domain name.

Trademark holders with a NYC address, will be given priority during the application process in order to secure their intellectual property.

You can sign up for the newsletter and updates to .NYC at mydotnyc.com

75 Stories Published By Mainstream Media On .NYC in Less Than 24 Hours

Since the city of New York let everyone know yesterday, that their application for .NYC passed ICANN Initial Evaluation (IE), which actually occurred on May 24th,   75 media outlets from the BBC to PC Magazine, to Time Magazine, Cnet, to FastCompany.com to Mashable.com, to the WashingtonPost.com, have covered the story with more being added hourly.

We have been telling you for quite a while that the new gTLD program will get more coverage for the domain name industry in the next two years than the coverage the industry has gotten in the last ten years combined.

Image the press that each new city’s new gTLD will receive as they roll out not to mention all the generic and brands.

Each one is going to get covered by newspapers, magazines and of course will be all over the Internet.

When you ask how will people ever learn what they type into their browser on the right of the dot is as important as what the type in to the left of the dot, in good part its going to be all the news coverage each of these new gTLD receive as they roll out.

The announcement in which the city proclaimed would be the first North American city new gTLD to launch is looking for a roll out later this year.

Pricing has not been set.

Neustar (NSR) is managing the .NYC on the cities behalf having won the contract by among other things guaranteeing the city the most money of any other bidders a modest $3.6 million dollars.

 

 

 

New York Said To Be Guaranteed $3.6 Million For .NYC TLD

According to an article in the New York Times, the city of New York is on the verge of making a deal with a “Virgina based company” that would apply for and operate the gTLD .NYC.

According to the story the city would be guaranteed a to received $3.6 Million over the first 5 years.

“The Virgina based company would pay all costs of the application and the operation of the registry.”

The .NYC registry for the city of New York would be in my opinion a very popular extension and should depending on price, marketing and other factors be highly profitable maybe one of the most profitable of all the new gTLD’s.

While the story does not mention the company, its worth mentioning that Verisign is headquartered in Virgina and for that matter so is Neustar.