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CentralNic gives update on gTLDs: .ink sunrise starts today

Source: Online Domain.

[April 1, 2014] CentralNic Group, the internet platform business which earns revenues from the registration and renewal of domain names, has issued an update on generic top-level domains (gTLDs).CentralNic says that .ink gTLD will be available for trademark owners to acquire from today (31 March), and for anyone wishing to secure a .ink domain from 5 June. Pre-launch research has identified three considerable markets for .ink domain names:

  1. the tattoo industry, which generates $2.3 billion in the US alone, where 40% of the population aged 26-44 have “ink”;
  2. the ink industry, with printer ink alone a $17 billion industry globally
  3. the press, from the 150 million blogs to the 6000 newspapers published every day. CentralNic chief executive Ben Crawford commented: “With .ink, domain names are becoming cool. Whether you have ink on your skin or ink in your veins, a .ink domain name will mark you as being an individual not content to be labelled with vanilla domain endings like .com and”

CentralNic’s clients have an additional 24 new TLDs that are currently in the contracting process with ICANN. These fall into two categories:

  1. TLDs to be retailed through registrars. These domains include: .bar, .college, .contact, .fans, .feedback, .pid, and .rest – the global domain for restaurants. It was announced last week that CentralNic has won a new contract from one of the leading applicants Radix to be exclusive distributor for the domains .website, .host, .space and .press.
  2. Sixteen “DotBrand” TLDs for corporations obtaining their own business names as Top-Level Domains so as to create their own branded universe of websites. CentralNic’s “DotBrand” clients include Global 1000 enterprises such as Saudi Telecom, Qatar Telecom, Etisalat and Kuwait Finance House, as well as media and entertainment leaders The Guardian (.theguardian) and the world’s leading talent agency, William Morris Endeavor.

Hot off the press: CentralNic says .ink domain is now available

Source: Proactive Investors.

[March 31, 2014] The internet has not brought about the paperless office, which may explain why the generic top level domain (gTLD) .ink is going live today.

Domain name distributor CentralNic (LON:CNIC) is the exclusive global distributor for the .ink domain, and said it is now accepting applications to use the gTLD – the bit of an internet address that comes after the final dot – from trademark owners.

Members of the general public wanting to secure a .ink domain will be able to apply for one via a domain registrar from 5 June.

CentralNic is expecting the gTLD to not only appeal to printer ink companies and the press but also tattoo parlours.

“With .ink, domain names are becoming cool,” claimed CentralNic’s chief executive officer, Ben Crawford.

While those who sport tattoos are self-evidently happy to be labelled, Crawford said a .ink domain name will mark them out as individuals “not content to be labelled with vanilla domain endings like .com and”

Best of all, should you tire of your .ink domain name, you can let it lapse and, unlike a tattoo, it will disappear or get taken over by another party.

CentralNic is in the running for an additional 24 new TLDs that are currently in the contracting process with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). If successful in a particular TLD auction, the company will act as a wholesaler for that domain, serving the likes of domain registrars such as GoDaddy, Tucows and Network Solutions.

The TLDS, including .app, .blog, .cafe, .chat, .forum, .golf, .law, .love, .mail, .news, and .school, are due to go to auction from July 2014 to February 2015.

“Together with our partners, we have substantial funds to ensure that a large number of the auctions go our way, and we secure some of the best domains remaining to distribute exclusively on our platform,” Crawford said.

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