3rd January 2015

.VOTO Specifics

Background of .VOTO

NetNames has been given notice that Monolith plan to open the .VOTO new Top Level Domain registry on the 13th January 2015. The .VOTO gTLD will be supported by Affilias as the back-end provider. The .VOTO TLD will be an open registry and will offer the following registration periods:-

Trademark Sunrise13th January to 12th February 2015✔
General Availability17th February 2015✔
Monolith 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 12th February 2015. 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.   .VOTO Information

Registration Info

  • The .VOTO gTLD will be available to any applicant with some restrictions:-
    • The term “VOTO” is designed for voters and voting, so voters know the sites are designed for them and aren’t commercially driven, network oriented or charity focused. Registrants are required to use the name for a political/democratic purpose. And second, names that are disparaging or deceptive are specifically prohibited from being registered.
    • Campaigns, causes, candidates, incumbents, initiatives, and even government entities promoting voter registration and turnout are eligible for .VOTO names. Although both TLDs are technically unrestricted, registrants must be involved in politics and may be required to provide proof of the nexus between their use of the name and the political/democratic process.
  • Registrations can be for 3 to 63 characters
  • .VOTO will not support IDN registrations
  • .VOTO is not eligible for blocking under Domains Protected Marks List (DPML)
  • 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 non-refundable.

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