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Back in August we outlined the issues surrounding new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) about to become available from ICANN (of the form .yourdomain rather than .com, .org., .edu, etc) and the new .xxx domain intended for "adult" sites. Some colleges and universities were contemplating obtaining the former, and attempting to protect themselves from domain assignments in the latter that might be confused with official institutional sites. As we wrote to this group and others back, linking to a posting still available at http://tinyurl.com/3avkux5, obtaining a new gTLD is both expensive and demanding. It has since become controversial. We also pointed out that before the .xxx gTLD began operating it was possible for an institution to block issuance of an .xxx domain, but only if that domain's name conflicted directly with an institutional trademark. Now that the .xxx domain is becoming operational, an institution can block conflicts with its name only by registering the conflicting domain itself (that is, obtaining the .xxx domain in question) or by challenging an already-issued domain on the basis of trademark infringement. As some institutions have discovered, domain squatters are already actively registering .xxx domains using college or university domains, and then demanding payment from institutions to relinquish them. EDUCAUSE expects to file comments on whether gTLDs or .xxx domains have had deleterious effects on higher education, especially be creating confusion or by requiring unnecessary administrative effort or expense. To make these comments persuasive, it will be very helpful to have specific examples of how our members have dealt with .xxx or gTLD issues and the effort and/or expense involved. If your institution has taken any steps to secure and/or block gTLDs or .xxx domains, I would appreciate receiving a private note from you (to gjackson@educause.edu) describing the actions you took, what effort or expense was involved, how effective they were, and anything else you think would be useful (for example, whether you were approached by or sought out domain squatters). Many thanks for whatever help you can provide us on higher education's behalf! gj (mobile) vp, policy educause.edu gjackson.us

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Greg,

Macalester (with some reluctance) acquired Macalester.xxx

Jerry Sanders
Macalester CIO

Many thanks to the many of you that replied. Lest you're interested, I summarized the situation in a blog post last week, which is at

http://www.educause.edu/blog/gjackson/ImpactofAdultandGenericTopLeve/246971

On 2/13/2012 4:00 PM, Greg Jackson wrote:
If your institution has taken any steps to secure and/or block gTLDs or .xxx domains, I would appreciate receiving a private note from you (to gjackson@educause.edu<mailto:gjackson@educause.edu>) describing the actions you took, what effort or expense was involved, how effective they were, and anything else you think would be useful (for example, whether you were approached by or sought out domain squatters).

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