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.club, often stylized as .CLUB and sometimes dot-club, is a top-level domain (TLD). It was proposed in ICANN's new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program, and became available to the general public on May 7, 2014. .Club Domains, LLC is the domain name registry for the string.
{{TLD| |logo = Club-logo.png |status = '''General Availability''' |manager = |country = |registryprovider = |date = |type = [[gTLD|Generic]] |category = |community = |website = [http://get.club/ get.club] |twitter = getDotClub |priority = |keypeople = }} '''.club''' is an active [[gTLD]], applied for in ICANN's [[New gTLD Program|new gTLD program]]. [[.CLUB Domains LLC]] is the [[Registry]] and manager of the TLD. Their proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] on 18 January 2014.[http://domainincite.com/15595-new-gtlds-top-100-as-first-dot-brands-hit-the-root New gTLDs Top 100, DomainIncite] Retrieved 21 Jan 2014 ==Background== .club Domains LLC had been public about their application from the beginning, and won their contention set via an [[gTLD Auctions|auction]] performed by [[Innovative Auctions]] for an undisclosed amount. .club was one of the first six TLD contention sets to be resolved via [[gTLD Auctions|private auctions]]. The six auctions brought in $9mm.[http://domainincite.com/13323-six-private-new-gtld-auctions-raise-9m Six Private New gTLD Auctions Raise 9m, DomainIncite]Published 7 June 2013, Retrieved 10 June .club Domains LLC filed the application on the first possible day, January, 12, 2012.[http://dotclub.com/blog.htm Blog, DotClub.com] Former applicants include [[Merchant Law Group LLP]], a Canadian law firm that applied for eight new gTLDs; and [[Donuts]] (Koko Manor, LLC), a start-up company co-founded by domain industry veterans that applied for 307 domain names strings, each via a different LLC. ==Application Details== ===.club Domains LLC=== The .club domain appears to be an unrestricted [[gTLD]] intended for use by the many professional and amateur clubs found around the world. .club Domains LLC had publicly stated that they secured funding for their application and the auction that ensued, and also that they had no intention of negotiating with any other company applying for .club but intended to win the auction. Apparently, they had been approached by other .club applicants and had decided the best way to secure the domain was in open auction.[http://domainincite.com/tucows-co-founder-takes-hard-line-on-club-gtld/ Tucows coFounder Takes hard Line on Club gTLD] The company used the [[Digital Archery|digital archery]] solutions of its business affiliate, the [[Digital Archery Experts]] to ensure its inclusion in the first batch of applications to be initially evaluated by ICANN. [http://dotclub.com/blog.htm .club Blog-Why is .club going to be in the first batch? — A response from DigitalArcheryExperts.com] In May 2013, ahead of the private auction for the string, .club Domains LLC filed with the United States' SEC as it was seeking to raise up to $7 million USD for the auction. [http://domainnamewire.com/2013/05/29/club-applicant-seeks-to-raise-up-to-7-million/ Club Applicant Seeks to Raise up to 7 million, DomainNameWire.com] Retrieved 29 May 2013 Watch the .club Domains LLC team as they realize they won the .club TLD via private auction: {{#ev:youtube|Wu38PkeyF0M}} ==Developments== ===Name Collision=== Many applications for new gTLDs have raised security concerns because the applied-for strings are already in wide use on internal networks in certain areas of the world.[http://domainincite.com/13994-new-gtlds-are-the-new-y2k-corp-and-home-are-doomed-and-everything-else-is-delayed New gTLDs are the New Y2K, Domain Incite] Retrieved 12 Sept 2013 This would create a name collision if the new gTLD were to be delegated and could cause serious security concerns for some strings. The remaining application for .CLUB has been deemed an "uncalculated risk" by [[ICANN]] because of name collision with existing internal networks, which means the application will face delays until the issues are resolved. However, in a letter that .CLUB Domains LLC CTO [[Dirk Bhagat]] sent to [[ICANN]] on September 16, 2013, .CLUB Domains has proposed a solution to the name collision issue. The company hired the same firm that ICANN hired [[Interisle Consulting]] to report on the proposed .CLUB gTLD, and are proposing to reserve the top 50 name collisions of .CLUB, which is available knowledge now due to Interisle's report. The top 50 name collisions would be blocked from registration, and according to .CLUB Domains LLC would create a number of queries to the gTLD that it would be deemed by [[ICANN]] as "low risk."[http://domainincite.com/14501-club-offers-solution-to-name-collision-risks .club Offers Solution to Name Collision Risks] Retrieved 16 Sept 2013 ===Contract Signed=== On 08 November 2013, [[.CLUB Domains LLC]] received a [[Registry Agreement]] signed by [[ICANN]] for .club after passing all the required processes needed to become a [[Registry Operator]] for the string.[http://www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries Registry Agreements, ICANN.org] Retrieved 11 Nov 2013 ==Delegation and Availability== .club was delegated to the [[Root Zone]] of the [[DNS]] on January 18, 2014, completing the successful application for the string. ===Promotion=== .club Domains LLC has used extensive advertising campaigns to raise awareness about .club within the general public. In May 2014 it was announced that American rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson would launch a new website from a .CLUB domain at 50inda.CLUB, at a public concert and event on 22 May 2014[http://domainincite.com/16635-best-anchor-tenant-ever-50-cent-to-use-a-club Best Anchor Tenant Ever? 50 Cent to use a .Club, DomainIncite] Retrieved 14 May 2014 ==References== {{reflist}} [[Category: TLD]] [[Category:Lifestyle New gTLDs|club]] [[Category:TLDs with Registry Agreements|club]] [[Category:Articles with Chinese]]

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.club Registrar Details

.CLUB Domain Name
Jonathan Frost
.Club Domains, LLC
100 S.E. 3rd Ave, Suite 1310
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33394
(877) 833 0000
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