.XXX domain names will be available to the general public
starting in December 2011, creating a "red light
district" on the Internet for adult content providers.
Registrations for .XXX domains commenced with a
"sunrise" period giving companies in and out of the adult
entertainment industry a period of time to register or block their
trade-marks from the domain.
Given the importance of trade-marks to your company, there are
steps that you can take now to block the use of your trade-marks on
the .XXX domain thereby preventing others from registering your
trade-marks in connection with the name of a porn or adult
Owners of registered trade-marks that were registered by
September 1, 2011 and are in full force and effect may "opt
out" of having those trade-marks offered as part of the .XXX
domain name offering. This procedure during what's called the
"Sunrise B Period" allows you to prevent registration of
the .XXX domain prior to the time when the .XXX registry becomes
open to the general public by filing an opt-out request with
participating domain name registrars. The Sunrise B Period began on
September 7, 2011 and ends on October 28,
After October 28, 2011, you will still be able to prevent third
parties from incorporating your company's trademarks into .XXX
registrations using the standard strategies for dealing with
infringement and cyber squatting, for example, by obtaining
defensive .XXX registrations, through court or Domain Name
Resolution Policy proceedings or through negotiated settlement.
However, acting now will hopefully avoid possible aggravation and
Goodmans LLP recommends that owners of registered trade-marks be
proactive and take advantage of the Sunrise B Period by filing
opt-out applications for each important mark.
Software license agreements generally require the customer to pay fees for the software license and related services, which fees are usually based upon the duration of the license and the manner in which the customer is allowed to use the software, together with applicable taxes and withholdings.
In less than nine months, on July 1, 2017, persons affected by a contravention of Canada's anti-spam legislation will be able to invoke a private right of action to sue for compensation and potentially substantial statutory damages.
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