Sunrise / Sunset ISTP Namespace Registration Period Rules
Sunrise / Sunset rules are established by the InterStream association to ensure that domain name system holders may certify their existing names. The certification process allows an existing domain name holder to reserve or purchase their corresponding ISTP name. Certified ISTP names may act as originators on the grid. ISTP root prefixes, that is, those names without a Top Level Domain (TLD) extension, have specific rules for registration during the sunrise and sunset periods.
In order to allow sufficient time to register their ISTP names per the association ITOSA, sunrise and sunset periods have been established. The sunrise period is a six month window that will begin during the pilot. Existing .COM TLD owners may register their corresponding ISTP names. Other TLD holders may also register their portal names with their corresponding TLD suffix. After the sunrise period has expired, a sunset period sets in allowing other TLD owners with .NET, .NAME, .ORG, .EU, .BIZ, .US, .MOBI, .INFO and .WS names to register their corresponding ISTP name if the .COM owner has not yet registered it. The sunset period will be on a first come, first served basis. In other words, the owner of a TLD name, other than .COM, may register the ISTP name plus TLD if it has not already been registered by another corresponding TLD holder. The sunset period is expected to last four months and begin after the expiration of the sunrise period.
After these periods are complete, anyone may purchase ISTP names from an authorized registrar. InterStream expects major ICANN accredited domain name system registrars to retail ISTP names from their existing websites. InterStream and Cambix are working with a major domain name registrar to offer ISTP name registration services during the pilot. The following tables will help clarify the proposed rules:
InterStream is working toward establishing a relationship with another registrar which can offer support for other TLDs, including ccTLDs, beyond .NET, .NAME, .ORG, .EU, .BIZ, .US, .MOBI, .INFO and .WS during the pilot.
Slightly before the media grid becomes fully operational, InterStream will submit the ISTP root prefix namespace to WIPO for management consideration under the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service.