Boston launch phase policies
Please note that the Registry may amend or modify these policies and documents from time to time
in order to comply with applicable laws and terms and conditions set forth by ICANN and/or the
Registry. Any revisions or modifications to this .BOSTON Launch Phase Policies shall be effective
immediately upon the posting of such revisions or modifications on the Registry’s website and such
amendments shall be binding upon the Domain Name Registrant.
The background for the present policy is the orderly, fair and technically organized allocation of
.BOSTON Domain Names to individuals and legal persons ("Applicants" or "Registrant") in
accordance with this policy and the other integral parts of the contract. The other integral parts of
the contract (also "Registry Policies") are:
||The Overview, including Definitions.
||The Naming Policy;
||The Acceptable Use Policy (AUP);
||The Registrant Agreement;
||The Privacy & whois Policies;
||The Registry-Registrar Agreement;
The BOSTON Launch Phase Policies, which describes the timing and other factors
related to various selling periods for specific constituencies (i.e., this document)
In the event of conflicting and/or contradictory provisions in other integral parts of the contract
agreed between the Registrant and their Registrar or reseller, the rules in the above paragraph
have priority. Obligations of the Registrant arising from the above policies shall apply mutatis
mutandis to the Applicant.
Applicants are notified that application for registration of a specific Domain Name does not
necessarily result in actual registration of the desired Domain Name. Contractual rights and
privileges only enter into force with actual registration by the Applicant, who is a Domain Name
Registrant from the time of actual registration, and their chosen Registrar. In the event of successful
application, this Registrar is the sole contact for all the Registrant's contractual questions for the full
term of the domain contract.
The following phases are currently planned:
|Sunrise for Trademarks Starts
|Sunrise for Trademarks Ends
|Community Phase for Official and City Gov entities Starts
|Community Phase for Official and City Gov entities Ends
|General Availability Starts
1. General provisions
Registrations submitted during the various phases must specifically meet the requirements of the
Registry Policies, unless there are deviating provisions in the present policy.
The following provisions apply to all registrations submitted to the Registry during Sunrise and
applications submitted during the Boston Community Phase.
2. Parties to the application, application procedure, costs
Sunrise Registrations and Boston Community Applications must be made through an ICANNaccredited
Registrar that has signed the .BOSTON Registry-Registrar Agreement with the Registry
for all phases, which in the case of a Boston Community Domain is the Boston Community
Registrar. The fees to be paid by the Applicant in the relevant phases may be found on the websites
of the relevant Registrars.
3. Trademark Clearinghouse
During the Sunrise period, mark rights which are the basis for registration of a specific Domain
Name must be validated before actual registration. Applicants must have marks and other rights
previously validated by the Trademark Clearinghouse ("TMCH"). The TMCH is a service
independent of the Registry. Word marks and image marks which have a predominantly and clearly
recognizable text element are accepted here for validation. The current validation guidelines of the
TMCH can be found at www.trademark-clearingouse.org.
The Registry is not obliged to offer any advice on this.
4. Trademark Claims Service
The Registry is obliged to support the Trademark Claims Service. This means that a Registrant who
tries to register a Domain Name identical with a mark deposited in the Trademark Clearinghouse
will receive an automatic notification via the Registrar. This notification contains more details on the
mark involved, the classes of goods and services protected by the mark, and the territorial area of
protection of the mark.
Registration of the Domain Name involved can only be completed if the Registrant explicitly
confirms receipt of the notification that the requested Domain Name does not infringe any mark
The Registrant is further notified that the holder of the mark right involved is being informed of the
5. Registry Rights
The Registry is entitled to reject a registration at any time:
||if the registration clearly does not meet the requirements of the present policy, or
||if the Domain Name is already registered, reserved or blocked, or
ifif this is necessary to protect the integrity and stability of the Registry system and/or the
operation and/or administration of the .BOSTON TLD, or
if this is required to ensure legal action by the Registry and/or comply with ICANN
• provisions and/or follow court or official rulings, or
to avoid liability on the part of the Registry and the associated companies, managing
directors, senior executives, staff and/or subcontractors.
6. Sunrise Period
The Sunrise Period is a limited-time opportunity for trademark holders who have entered their
marks into the Trademark Clearinghouse database (TMCH) and who wish to register Domain
Names in the .BOSTON Top Level Domain (“TLD”). Boston Community Organizations who
have entered their marks into the TMCH and who to register Domain Names in the .BOSTON
TLD are eligible to participate in the Sunrise Period.
Trademark holders may apply for a domain name label that constitutes an “exact match” of
their mark, in accordance with the Trademark Clearinghouse (“TMCH”) domain name
matching rules. The Registry will charge a Sunrise domain registration fee, for registration of
domain names during Sunrise.
The Registry will offer an approximately thirty (30) day Start Date Sunrise, in which domain
names will be allocated on a First-Come, First-Served basis.
In addition to the eligibility requirements set forth in the .BOSTON Registration Policy, the
Registry will abide by all policies and procedures adopted by the TMCH. The TMCH will
maintain Sunrise Eligibility Requirements (http://trademark-clearinghouse.com/content/whocan-apply),
and validate and authenticate marks as applicable. The Registry will only allow
trademark holders with a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the TMCH to apply for
and register exact match domain names.
Domain Names which are registered during the Sunrise may be the subject of the complaint
procedure described in the Sunrise Dispute Resolution Policy (also "SDRP"). For details, see the
policy in question.
This does not affect other legal protection mechanisms described in or referred to in the
Registry Policies and/or other dispute resolution procedures.
The last phase describes the general availability of the Domain Names not already allocated during
the preceding phases.
From this point, the Domain Names are registered in accordance with the Registry Policies on a
“first come, first served” basis, unless reserved, blocked or premium names are concerned. Within
the first 90 days from the start of general availability, the Registry will support the Trademark Claims
Service as described above.