10th September 2014

.GAL Specifics

Background of .GAL

NetNames has been given notice that Asociación puntoGAL plan to open the .GAL new Top Level Domain registry on the 16th September 2014. The .GAL gTLD will be supported by CORE as the back-end provider. The .GAL TLD will be a restricted registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise16th September 2014 to 18th November 2014✔
Landrush Phase16th September 2014 to 18th November 2014✔
General Availability3rd December 2014 onwards✔

CORE will be offering Sunrise registrations to all Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) verified mark holders. Any valid duplicate applications made during the Sunrise period will be resolved by means of an auction after the close of the phase on the 18th November 2014. Sunrise orders can be placed via your NetNames Domain Management Portal or via your Account Manager. Should you still wish to place any trademarks with the TMCH, please contact your Account Manager.

.GAL Information

All registrations in the .gal TLD, regardless of their moment of registration, are restricted to bona-fide members of the Galician linguistic and cultural community. This community consists of those who use (or commit to use) the Galician language for their online communications, and⁄or promote the different aspects of Galician culture online, and⁄or intend to specifically address their online communications and services to that community. In particular, registrant’s use of the registered domain name must be:
  1. generally accepted as legitimate; and
  2. beneficial to the cause and the values of the Galician linguistic and cultural community; and
  3. commensurate with the role and importance of the registered domain name; and
  4. in good faith at the time of registration and thereafter.
Registrants are required to state their intended use of the registered domain name. A false statement of intended use is an indication of bad faith and can be the basis for the suspension of the domain name.   CORE will be offering a traditional Landrush application period for non-TMCH registrants. Any valid duplicate applications made during the Landrush period will be resolved by means of an auction after the close of the phase on the 18th November 2014

Registration Info

  • The .GAL gTLD will be available to any applicant as long as they meet the
    geographical restrictions
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .GAL will support not support IDN registrtaions
  • Applications made in the Trademark Sunrise phase will incur a one-off
    Sunrise Access fee which will be billed in the next invoice period and is

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