AdultBlock Frequently Asked Questions

What TLDs does the AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ service cover?
The service covers all four ICM Registry TLDs – .XXX, .SEX, .ADULT and .PORN.

Who is eligible to block a domain name?
Trademark holders with a Signed Mark Data (SMD) file from the Trademark Clearing House (TMCH) and .XXX Sunrise B holders are eligible to block their labels.

Does the service include premium domains?
Yes, both AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ will block all available domains irrespective of price point and automatically block any additional dropped names while the block service is in place – no further actions are required by the trademark holder.

Will domains already registered be blocked?
No, domains that are currently registered cannot be blocked. Once a name is deleted or expires, the blocking service will automatically add the domain name to the list of blocked names during the service period without any further actions by the customer.

What happens when a domain becomes available?
Once the redemption period has ended and the domain name becomes available, both the AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ service will add the newly available domain name to the block for the remainder of the service period. Registered names cannot be blocked until they become available.

Can someone else register my blocked domains?
Once a domain name is blocked by the AdultBlock or AdultBlock+ service no other users can register the domain name during the service period. See below for the registration of a blocked name.

What IDN characters are part of the service?
The variants generation software utilizes Unicode Consortium standards. This means that the AdultBlock+ service not only blocks characters available today but also includes any language character sets that become available in the future for the specific TLD. Currently, the AdultBlock+ service covers over 20 languages and scripts including Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian.

Does the service block any other confusingly similar characters?
Yes, the AdultBlock+ service will block confusingly similar characters, such as replacing an “L” with a “1” and an “E” with a “3”. The AdultBlock+ service is our most complete coverage available.

How many years can I register the AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ service for?
The service allows 1, 3, 5 and 10 year registration periods with a maximum registration period of 10-years for both the AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ service.

How many years can I renew the AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ service for?
Renewals mirror the registration periods with 1, 3, 5 and 10-year renewal options with a maximum registration period of 10-years.

Is there any advantage to registering for multiple years?
Yes, there are significant cost savings being offered during a time-limited, special launch promotion that allows trademark owners to purchase a 10-year AdultBlock+ with variant protection in over 20 different languages and scripts. Promotional prices for the AdultBlock+ service is equivalent to the basic AdultBlock service on an annual basis for the same 10-year time-frame – the promotion offers real value and savings to trademark owners.

Can I transfer the AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ service to a different registrar?
Yes, registrants may transfer the AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ service between registrars. The transfer request will change the Registrar of Record without having to purchase additional years to the life of the service.

Do I need to renew my TMCH SMD file?
The AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ service may check the validity of the SMD file at any time throughout the service period. The registrar is responsible for ensuring it is valid.

Some of my original application data from 2011 .XXX Sunrise B block seems to be incorrect, what should I do?
No need to be concerned, please contact customer support with the Sunrise B or trademark label for quick resolution.

Is there a limit on the protection of variants in the SMD file?
No, the AdultBlock+ service will block all non-registered variants in the SMD file.

What information will be shown in the WHOIS?
The WHOIS data will state that the blocked domains are protected by the AdultBlock and AdultBlock+ service.

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