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    July 11, 2011

    CentralNic Secures and Greens the Web, As .US.ORG Enters General Availability

    Los Angeles, Calif. (July 11, 2011) — Enhancing its commitment to a higher standard of social responsibility and ethical behavior on the web, domain extension .US.ORG today enters general availability with two unprecedented security and environmental measures from Registry Service Provider, CentralNic.

    1. To coincide with the launch of .US.ORG, CentralNic has succeeded in attaining CarbonNeutral® company certification by reducing its carbon footprint to net zero, taking the lead on environmental commitment within the domain name industry.

    2. CentralNic’s .US.ORG is the world’s first domain to be launched with DNSSEC enabled. Introduced by ICANN as a requirement for new top-level domains, DNSSEC is an added security feature which CentralNic pioneered, introducing the measure across 25 domain extensions during 2010 and 2011.

    To achieve CarbonNeutral® status, CentralNic worked with The CarbonNeutral Company, one of the world’s leading carbon offset and carbon management businesses. All the emissions relating to the company, including energy consumption, waste and business travel, are quantified and then reduced through combining internal changes (for example, using virtualization technology and more efficient servers to reduce power consumption in its data centers, increasing recycling and implementing low carbon vehicles) with carbon offsetting. Through offsetting, every tonne of CO2 is matched by an equivalent amount saved by a significant renewable energy or resource conservation project. [Read More]

    May 2, 2011

    CentralNic, .US.ORG Reserve Olympics Trademark and More

    Unlike the trademarks of virtually all other non-profit organizations, the Olympic marks are protected worldwide by special legislation.

    .US.ORG announced its decision on April 29 to place the well-known Olympics trademark on a reserved names list rather than offering them for sale on a first-come first-served basis, as has previously been the tradition in the domain name industry.

    Just as .US.ORG represents a more responsible and ethical online space, the Olympic movement embodies such values as peace, development, education, health and equality, and the special status of Olympic trademarks has been recognized in legislation, treaties and legal precedent worldwide. [Read More]

    April 29, 2011

    CentralNic, .US.ORG Reserve Olympics Trademark and More to Protect Against Cybersquatters and Brand Abuse

    .US.ORG today announced its decision to place the well-known Olympic trademarks on a reserved names list rather than offering them for sale on a first-come first-served basis, as has previously been the tradition in the domain name industry.

    Just as .US.ORG represents a more responsible and ethical online space, the Olympic movement embodies such values as peace, development, education, health and equality, and the special status of Olympic trademarks has been recognized in legislation, treaties and legal precedent worldwide. On that basis, CentralNic, the registry behind .US.ORG and 25 other domain extensions, approached and consulted with the counsel of the International Olympic Committee and the US Olympic Committee, and agreed to reserve the Olympic trademarks in all of its domain extensions. [Read More]

    March 1, 2011

    New Domain Extension .US.ORG Debuts with Six Year Complimentary Registration Offer to Trademark Holders

    Los Angeles, Calif. (March 1, 2011) – Global domain name registry CentralNic announced today the launch of a new extension, .US.ORG, to add to their impressive portfolio of over 20 domain extensions. To coincide with their announcement, the company revealed that brand and trademark owners will receive six years of free registration as part of an intellectual property protection program.

    "The mission of .US.ORG is to embody higher standards of social responsibility and ethical behavior. CentralNic has elected to introduce protections and benefits for trademark holders that far exceed the measures currently proposed by ICANN for new top-level domains, and practiced by other domains and registries," said Ben Crawford, CEO of CentralNic.

    The right to six years’ free registration for .US.ORG domains will be extended to all validated trademarks registered as domains in the "Sunrise Period" – a window closing April 4, 2011. This period allows for trademark owners to reserve .US.ORG domains prior to their release to the general public. The six years’ free registration will be automatically provided to all trademarks that have already submitted a request. [Read More]

    November 30, 2010

    CentralNic launches .us.org – ethical, responsible domain.

    US.ORG domains are being launched by CentralNic (the company behind .US.COM domains) through a Phased Roll-out to ensure the allocation of Domain Names in a fair, orderly and equitable manner.

    CentralNic is particularly focused on ensuring the Trademark owners, particularly in the Not-for-Profit sector, are able to obtain the domains that match their Trademarks, as until now many organizations wishing to signal their not-for-profit status or socially responsible policies have been unable to obtain the name they want with an appropriate domain extension. [Read More]

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