The PW Registry Corporation (http://www.pwregistry.pw) announces that Open Registrations for the .pw ccTLD begin on December 15, 2004 at 12 p.m. EST. Internet users may choose a new spam-free email identity, via any Web browser, by entering their preferred identity and then adding .pw at the end. For example, they could enter http://www.team-mascot.pw. Users are then presented with an input box where they choose what comes before the “@” sign for their email address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trademark owners may block the registration of .pw domain names and .pw email addresses matching their trademark by filing PW Defensive Sponsorships. Since Defensive Sponsorships do not impact existing registrations, trademark owners should submit their Defensive Sponsorships by December 13, 12 p.m. EST to ensure their trademark is protected at the start of the .pw Open Registration period (“land rush”).
The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) is the exclusive domain name dispute provider for the .pw domain. HKIAC’s exclusive dispute website for .pw is located at http://disputes.pwregistry.pw.
“The .pw domain has a domain name dispute policy that trademark owners may utilize if they feel a .pw domain name violates their rights,” says Tom Barrett, President of PW Registry. “However, potential infringement and dilution of brand names and famous trademarks in the .pw domain are better prevented via the PW Defensive Sponsorship Service.”
With .pw, users can choose a meaningful e-mail address — their family name, ethnic group, favorite sports team, passion or hobby– virtually any string they can imagine. With PW’s spam-blocking technology, subscribers control who can send them email. PW Registry is so confident of its anti-spam technology that it offers a no-obligation 30-day free trial for all subscribers.
The .pw beta testing period will end on December 10 at 12 p.m. EST. Users may still sign up for a free beta account by entering their desired address into their browser ending with a “.pw”. All beta users interested in converting their subscriptions must do so by 12 p.m. EST on December 10, provided that no Defensive Sponsorships exist for the second level domain.
The PW auction for premium Affiliate Sponsorships (http://auctions.pwregistry.pw) is still under way. In order to receive commissions for any sales starting December 15, the auction for a community domain covered by the Affiliate Sponsorship must have closed by December 13 at 12 p.m. EST. Otherwise, commission tracking will begin on January 1, 2005.