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New gTLD Updates | .SCOT and .CORSICA Registration Policy Updates, .BANK/.INSURANCE New Security Policy, .VOTING Pricing Increase & more

Written by: 
Kirsty Holmes
20 December 2017

.SCOT - Updates to Registration Policy
 
The registry for .SCOT, Dot Scot Registry Limited, has announced it is to update its General Registration Policy on 1 January 2018 to allow for registration of the following:
 
1) two-character domain names;
2) previously reserved geographical place names, such as settlements and localities;
3) previously reserved names relating to Civic Scotland; and
4) miscellaneous previously reserved names.

It will be possible to register such domain names from 1 January 2018.

.VOTING - Significant Pricing Increase and E-Voting Solution

The registry operator for the .VOTING TLD, Valuetainment Corp., has announced a significant increase to its domain registration, renewal and transfer pricing from 1 June 2018.  As this will apply to all existing domain renewals, as well as new registrations, you may wish to consider renewing your existing domain name(s) before this increase takes effect.

In addition, from 1 June 2018, the registry will offer a special e-voting solution in the form of a software-as-a-service (votes are anchored in the blockchain, etc) with each registered .VOTING domain, which will be available without any additional fees.

.CORSICA - New Pricing and Policy Update

The registry operator for .CORSICA, Collectivité Territoriale de Corse, has announced that from 1 January 2018 (00:00 UTC) it will be possible for companies that are not established in Corsica to defensively register non-activated domain names under .CORSICA in order for them to protect their trademarks.  A registered trademark or trademark application is not required, however you can link it to your registration when you have it.

At the same time, the registry will reduce its domain registration, renewal and transfer fee.

.BANK and .INSURANCE - New Security Policy

Registry operator fTLD will be implementing a new security policy for its .BANK and .INSURANCE TLDs called HTTP Strict Transport Security or HSTS.  In coordination with Google, .BANK and .INSURANCE will be added to the HSTS preload list for its Chrome browser on 18 January 2018 and HSTS will be in full effect by 5 March 2018.  HSTS at the top level provides a technical control to ensure that domain names under .BANK/.INSURANCE that resolve on the Internet are always using a secure connection, that is, HTTPS.

Please note that after .BANK  and .INSURANCE are preloaded to the HSTS list and the policy is in effect, domain names not secure with HTTPS (that is, with a digital identity certificate or SSL certificate) will not be reachable on the Internet. Furthermore, while fTLD is taking this step with Chrome, it is expected that other browsers will follow Google’s lead at some point.

Chinese for .TRADEMARK (. - .xn--czr694b) - Complimentary Registration Years

The Dot Trademark registry has announced the launch of a Brand Enhancement Promotion, in which applicants who successfully register or renew a domain under .商标 (.xn--czr694b - Chinese for “trademark”) will gain the same number of Complimentary Registration Years (CRYs) as the registration/renewal application(s) as follows:
 

New/Renewal .TRADEMARK Domain

Complimentary Registration Years (CRYs)

Applicable .TRADEMARK Categories of CRYs

Category A
(Trademark name).商标

Same number of CRYs as the registration/renewal application(s)

Category B/C .商标
of the same brand name

Category B
(Trademark name + goods/services name).商标

Category D .商标 of the same brand name

Category C
(Designated place + trademark name).商标

Category D
(Designated place + trademark name + goods/services name).商标

N/A

N/A

CRYs can be used for the new registration of one or more applicable .TRADEMARK domains as set out in the above table.  They must be submitted together with the new/renewal .TRADEMARK domain(s), are non-transferrable, must have the same registrant as the new/renewal .TRADEMARK domain(s) and be hosted by the same website held by this registrant.

As for the protection of designated goods/services of complementary registrations, registrants may choose goods/services of different classifications.

New registrations of .TRADEMARK domains with CRYs are subject to the usual .TRADEMARK registration rules.

The promotion will run until 31 March 2018.
 
.LTDA and .SRL - Pricing Promotion extended to 31 July 2018

The registry operator for .LTDA and .SRL, InterNetX Corp., has decided to extend its pricing promotion from the end of December 2017 until 31 July 2018 (00:00 UTC).

Premium domains are excluded from this pricing reduction.

.SHOP Pricing Promotion and Premium Domain Release

Registry operator GMO Registry, Inc. has announced that it is running a registration pricing promotion on .SHOP domains from 1 January 2018 (00:00 UTC) to 30 June 2018 (23:59 UTC), with new registrations offered at a reduced fee for the first year of registration (multiple years will incur standard renewal fees).

The discount does not apply to premium names.

The registry has also released twelve further new .SHOP premium domains for registration, including number names and Chinese pinyin names.
 

Domain Name

NNYF.SHOP

NNXN.SHOP

1225.SHOP

1231.SHOP

SDJ.SHOP

XDX.SHOP

XLN.SHOP

LENGDONG.SHOP

HUAXUE.SHOP

DAXUE.SHOP

DONG.SHOP

017.SHOP

Renewals for these domains will be at the standard rate.
 
Please note that Trademark Claims will apply to all names released from reserve for the first 90 days after release.

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