Verisign Domain Names Registrar

.tv and .cc Registrations Policies

The below .tv and .cc Registry policies govern the registration of Domain Names.

Verisign manages the authoritative registry (“Registry”) for all domain name registrations that end in “.tv” and “.cc” (“Domain Name[s]”). Verisign reserves the right to modify or amend these policies and any other policies regarding .cc and .tv at any time. Registrars should review the policies from time to time and any modifications made thereto. Modifications to these policies are effective as of the date and time they are posted on this site. Each Registrar shall comply with these policies and the Registrar shall require all of its agents and the Registrar’s and its agents’, Registrants to comply with these policies.

Availability

The registration of a Domain Name is available to individuals and businesses. A Domain Name that is available at the time a Registrar runs the CHECK command does not guarantee that the Domain Name will be available at the time of registration.

Term

A Domain Name is registered in one-year increments, with the minimum registration term being one year and the maximum registration term being 10 years.

Naming Restrictions

The minimum character length for a Domain Name is one character, excluding the “.tv” or “.cc” extension. The maximum character length for a Domain Name is 63 characters excluding the “.tv” or “.cc” extension. A Domain Name must not start with a dash "-" or dot “.” and must not start with the following sequence: “alphanumeric_alphanumeric_dash (“-“)_dash (“-”)”.

Each character in the Domain Name, excluding the dots (“.”)s must be a letter or digit or dash (“-”). The last character must be a digit or a letter. It cannot be a dash (“-”).

.TV Premium Domain Names

Certain .tv Domain Names that are generic or common words and one- to three- character combinations have been designated as "Premium Names." Premium Names have the same business rules and grace periods as all .tv Domain Names with the following exceptions:

  • Premium Names may have higher pricing than standard .tv domain names.
  • Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, Registrar Transfers for Premium Names are prohibited.
  • Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, the Sync operation for Premium Names is prohibited.

Nameservers

A Domain Name cannot have more than 13 hosts at the Registry level.

Registrar Transfer Rules

A created Domain Name must be 61 days old or older to be available for transfer between Registrars. A Domain Name can be transferred in one-year increments from one to 10 years. A one-year renewal is the default setting. If the difference between the current date and the new registration date is more than 10 years and less than 11 years, then the transfer will be clipped to 10 years. If the difference between the current date and the new registration date is greater than 11 years, the transfer will be rejected. The pending-transfer period is five (5) days. If the transfer request is neither approved nor rejected by the losing Registrar within the five-day pending-transfer period, Verisign will automatically approve the request. As stated above, Registrar transfers of Premium Names are prohibited.

Bulk Transfers

Subject to Verisign’s discretion and approval, and any transfer fees or charges that may be assessed by Verisign, Registrars may request bulk transfers of .tv and .cc Domain Names by submitting a bulk transfer request in writing accompanied by a complete list of the Domain Names to be transferred, signed by both the gaining and losing Registrars.

Grace Periods

A Grace Period refers to a specified number of calendar days following a Registry operation in which the Domain Name may be deleted and a credit may be issued to a Registrar. Relevant Registry operations in this context are:

  • Registration of a new Domain Name (Add Grace Period)
  • Explicit renewal of an existing Domain Name (Explicit Renew Grace Period)
  • Auto-Renew of an existing Domain Name (Auto-Renew Grace Period) and;
  • Registrar Transfer of an existing Domain Name (Registrar Transfer Grace Period)

Add Grace Period

The Add Grace Period is a specified number of calendar days following the initial registration of a Domain Name. The value of the Add Grace Period is five (5) calendar days. If a Delete, Explicit Renew, or Transfer operation occurs within the five calendar days, the following rules apply:

  • Delete: If a Domain Name is deleted within the Add Grace Period, the sponsoring Registrar is credited for the amount of the registration. The Domain Name is deleted from the Registry database and is immediately available for registration by any Registrar. If a Domain Name is deleted after the five-day grace period expires, it will be placed in Redemption Period status for 30 calendar days.
  • Explicit Renew: If a Domain Name is explicitly renewed within the Add Grace Period, there is no credit for the Add. In addition to the initial registration charge, the Registrar’s available credit will be debited for the number of years the registration is explicitly renewed. The expiration date of the Domain Name is extended by the number of years as specified by the Registrar’s requested explicit renew operation up to a maximum resulting registration period of not more than 10 years.
  • Registrar Transfer: A Domain Name may not be transferred within the Add Grace Period.

Explicit Renew Grace Period

The Explicit Renew Grace Period is a specified number of calendar days following the explicit renewal of a Domain Name registration period. The value of the Explicit Renew Grace Period is five (5) calendar days. If a Delete, Explicit Renew, or Transfer operation occurs within the five calendar days, the following rules apply:

  • Delete: If a Domain Name is deleted within the Explicit Renew Grace Period, the sponsoring Registrar receives a credit of the Explicit Renew fee and the Domain Name is placed on Redemption Period status.
  • Explicit Renew: A Domain Name can be extended within the Explicit Renew Grace Period for up to a maximum of 10 years. The Domain Name renewal request will be rejected if the total years requested exceeds 10 years. The Registrar’s available credit will be debited for each of the additional number of years the registration is explicitly renewed.
  • Registrar Transfer: If a Domain Name is transferred within the Explicit Renew Grace Period, there is no Explicit Renew credit. The expiration date of the Domain Name is extended by one year for the transfer and the years added as a result of the Explicit Renew remain on the Domain Name up to a maximum of 10 years. The gaining Registrar is charged for that additional year for the Transfer, even in cases where a full year is not added because of the 10-year maximum limitation.

Auto-Renew Grace Period

The Auto-Renew Grace Period is a specified number of calendar days following an auto-renewal. An auto-renewal occurs if a Domain Name registration is not explicitly renewed or deleted by the expiration date; in this circumstance the registration will be automatically renewed by the system the first day after the expiration date and the Registrar’s available credit will be debited. The value of the Auto-Renew Grace Period is 45 calendar days. If a Delete, Explicit Renew, or Transfer operation occurs within the Auto-Renew Grace Period, the following rules apply:

  • Delete: If a Domain Name is deleted within the Auto-Renew Grace Period, the Registrar receives a credit of the Auto-Renew fee at the time of the deletion. The Domain Name is then placed on Redemption Period status.
  • Explicit Renew: A Domain Name can be explicitly renewed within the Auto-Renew Grace Period for up to a total of 10 years. The account of the sponsoring Registrar at the time of the additional extension will be charged for the additional number of years the registration is explicitly renewed.
  • Registrar Transfer: If a Domain Name is transferred within the Auto-Renew Grace Period, the losing Registrar receives a credit of the Auto-Renew fee and the year added by the Auto-Renew operation is cancelled. The expiration date of the Domain Name is extended by one year up to a total maximum of 10 by virtue of the transfer and the gaining Registrar is charged for that additional year, even in cases where a full year is not added because of the 10-year maximum limitation.

Registrar Transfer Grace Period

The Registrar Transfer Grace Period is a specified number of calendar days following the completion of a Domain Name transfer. The value of the Registrar Transfer Grace Period is five calendar days. If a Delete, Explicit Renew, or Transfer operation occurs within the five calendar days, the following rules apply:

  • Delete: If a Domain Name is deleted within the Registrar Transfer Grace Period, the sponsoring Registrar receives a credit for the transfer fee and the Domain Name is placed in Redemption Period status.
  • Explicit Renew: If a Domain Name is explicitly renewed within the Transfer Grace Period, there is no credit for the Transfer. In addition to the Transfer fee, the Registrar’s available credit will be debited for the number of years the registration is explicitly renewed. The expiration date of the Domain Name is renewed by the number of years as specified by the Registrar’s requested explicit renew operation up to a maximum resulting registration period of not more than 10 years.
  • Registrar Transfer: If a Domain Name is transferred within the Registrar Transfer Grace Period, there is no credit. The expiration date of the Domain Name is extended by one year up to a maximum term of 10 years.

Redemption Period Status

When a Domain Name is deleted outside of the Add Grace Period or within the Registrar Transfer, Auto-Renew, or Explicit Renew grace periods, it is placed on Redemption Period status for 30 days. The Redemption Period works as follows:

  • Domain Name deleted.
  • Domain Name is removed from the Zone.
  • Domain Name placed on Redemption Period for 30 days.
  • No modifications can be made to the Domain Name while in Redemption Period status.
  • The Redemption Period status can only be removed by using the Restore command.
  • If the Domain Name is NOT Restored during the 30 day window, the name is then placed on Pending Delete status for five days.
  • While in Pending Delete Status, the Domain Name cannot be restored.
  • After the five day Pending Delete period expires, the Domain Name will be deleted.

Restore Command

The Restore command allows a Registrar to remove the Redemption Period status from a Domain Name. The Restore command is a billable transaction and debits the Registrar’s account each time it is issued. The Restore command requires the Registrar to complete two actions:

  • Pass the Restore Command to Verisign.
  • Complete the Restore Report.

Details regarding the Restore Command:

  • The Restore command will remove the Redemption Period status.
  • The Restore command cannot be submitted for Premium Names.
  • The Restore operation will not change the Registration Expiration Date even if the Domain Name has already expired. When an expired Domain Name is restored and the Restore Report is successfully received for the Domain Name, the Auto-Renew batch process will extend the expiration date to be one year from the current expiration date.
  • NOTE: If a Restore has been requested but the Restore Report has not been processed for that Domain Name, then it will not be included in the Auto-Renew Batch process.
  • A successful RESTORE command will place the name on PendingRestore status for seven (7) days.
  • Domain Names on PendingRestore status will be included in the zone files.

Details regarding the RESTORE Report:
The Restore Report is the second step in the Restore Command process. Once a Registrar has successfully removed the Redemption Period status from a Domain Name using the Restore Command, they must submit an explanation to Verisign. This is accomplished by completing the Restore Report.

  • Once the Registrar has successfully executed the RESTORE command, the Domain Name will now be on PendingRestore status.
  • The PendingRestore period is seven (7) calendar days.
  • During this seven-day window, the Registrar must submit a Restore Report to Verisign.
  • If Verisign receives the Restore Report, the Domain Name will be placed in Active status.
  • If Verisign does NOT receive the Restore Report within the seven-day window, then the Domain Name is returned to Redemption Period status.

As part of their Restore Report, a Registrar will be required to submit the following details as part of their Restore Report:

A. A copy of Registrar's WHOIS data for the deleted name as it appeared prior to the deletion. The WHOIS data must contain the following:

  • Correct name of the Registered Domain Name
  • Nonblank nameserver name(s), or "none"
  • Correctly formatted date in original creation date field
  • Correctly formatted date in expiration date field
  • Nonblank field for the name and address of the Registrant
  • Nonblank field for the name and address of the administrative contact
  • Nonblank field for the e-mail address of the administrative contact
  • Nonblank field for the voice telephone number of the administrative contact
  • Fax number of the administrative contact, if provided
  • Nonblank field for the name and address of the technical contact
  • Nonblank field for the e-mail address of the technical contact
  • Nonblank field for the voice telephone number of the technical contact
  • Fax number of the technical contact if provided.

B. The date and time the registered Domain Name was deleted. (Verisign requires a properly formatted date and time.)

C. The date and time the Restore operation was performed on this Domain Name. (Verisign requires a properly formatted date and time.)

D. A brief explanation of the reason why the Domain Name was restored.

Verisign will process all Restore Report submissions in a one-time batch process. Once the Restore Report Batch is processed, Verisign will convert the Domain Names to Active status.

Consolidate Service

The ConsoliDate service allows Registrars to submit a SYNC command for a Domain Name to change the current expiration date. The SYNC operation will allow Registrars to request a specific anniversary date for Domain Name registrations (i.e. the day within the year a name is due to expire).

  • The 10-year rule for expiration dates will apply with the SYNC command. In other words, if the SYNC command were to extend a Domain Name beyond the 10-year maximum for expiration dates, then the command would fail.
  • There is no expiration-date limitation as to when the synchronisation can be performed (e.g. it can be performed immediately after the Domain Name is added, renewed, or transferred, it can be performed the day before it expires, etc.).
  • A SYNC operation can be performed on a Domain Name only once in a period of one year. The start of this period will be reset if an explicit RENEW, AUTORENEW, or a TRANSFER (internal or from one REGISTRAR to another REGISTRAR) operation is performed on the Domain Name.
  • As stated above, The SYNC operation is not available for Premium Names.

SYNC Calculations

The SYNC operation can be used to move the expiration date of the Domain Name forward to a specific date (month and day) that is provided in the command.

  • The year will not be provided in the command. This will reduce the amount of invalid data and the attempts to SYNC and RENEW in one transaction. If the Registrant wishes to SYNC the dates and RENEW for one to 10 years, this will be handled as two separate transactions.
  • If the month and date is later than the current expiration month and date, then the expiration date will be extended within the same calendar year as the current expiration date.
  • If the month and date is earlier than the current expiration month and date, then the expiration date will be extended to that month and date in the calendar year following the current expiration date.
  • If the month and date in the command is equal to the current expiration month and date, then an error will be returned. (This eliminates the possibility of executing a repeated SYNC command.)
  • Registrars are charged for the SYNC operation for each domain, based on the number of calendar months the expiration date is extended. The minimum charge is for one month.
  • The maximum charge is for 11 months. If a Registrar issues a SYNC command on a Domain Name setting the expiration date less than one month, Verisign will charge the registrar for one month.
  • If a Registrar issues a SYNC command on a Domain Name setting the expiration date to N months and X days, we charge the Registrar for N months.
  • If the expiration is extended within the same month (whether it is one day or 30 days), the SYNC period will be defined as one month. (e.g., 1 January to 15 January is counted as one month)

NOTE: If the current expiration is 15 January and the SYNC operation is changing it to 1 January, then this will be counted as 11 months because the registration is being extended to 1 January of the following year. If the expiration is extended to a different month, then the SYNC period will be defined based on the number of calendar months. (e.g. 5 March to 27 October is counted as seven months, 27 October to 5 March is counted as five months, 1 June to 31 July is counted as one month).

SYNC Grace Period

There is no SYNC Grace Period. If the SYNC is successfully executed during an Add, Renew, Auto-Renew, or Transfer grace period, the following rules apply:

  • Add: A Domain Name can be synchronised within the Add Grace Period. The SYNC command will not extend the Domain Name registration beyond the 10-year registration limit. If the Domain Name is deleted during the Add Grace Period, the sponsoring registrar is credited for the amount of the registration only and not the SYNC.
  • Renew and Auto-Renew: A Domain Name can be synchronised within the Renew and Auto-Renew Grace Period. The SYNC command will not extend the Domain Name registration beyond the 10-year registration limit. If the Domain Name is deleted during the Renew or Auto-Renew Grace Period, then the sponsoring registrar is credited for only the renewal or auto-renewal and not the SYNC.
  • Transfer: A Domain Name can be synchronised within the Transfer Grace Period. The SYNC command will not extend the Domain Name registration beyond the 10-year registration limit. If the Domain Name is deleted during the Transfer Grace Period, the sponsoring registrar is credited for the amount of the transfer only and not the SYNC.

Dispute Policy

Verisign does not - and cannot - screen, review, evaluate, or investigate a Domain Name registrant's legal right to register or use a Domain Name in any top level. To that end, Verisign has adopted the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) (www.icann.org/udrp) for all .tv and .cc Domain Name registrations. The registration of any Domain Name(s) shall be subject to suspension, cancellation, or transfer pursuant to any decision under the UDRP.

Use of the Domain Name

For each Domain Name registered by Registrar (on behalf of itself or a Registrant), Registrar shall require all of its agents and Registrar’s and its agents’, Registrants to:

A. Ensure that the Domain Name is not registered, used, displayed, or exploited (i) in contravention or violation of these policies or any other policies regarding .cc and .tv, (ii) in contravention of the laws of any jurisdiction where the Domain Name is accessible, (iii) for any abusive, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise harmful purpose, including, but not limited to, child pornography, child entrapment, child abuse or other exploitation of children; advocacy of hatred, bigotry, or violence towards persons or groups on the basis of their religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or other immutable characteristics; theft of e-mail service, or as a source of unsolicited bulk e-mail or as an address to use for replying to unsolicited bulk e-mail; infringement of intellectual property rights or publicity or privacy rights or breaches any duty of confidentiality; or (iv) in any manner, to interfere with or disturb other users of the Registry, equipment or services (interference or disturbance includes the propagation of Malware) or causing unnecessary and premeditated congestion of the Verisign system or the Registry;

B. Ensure that the registration, use, display and exploitation of any Domain Name is done in good faith and in accordance with international, federal and state laws and regulations;

C. Not publicly offer, advertise, or otherwise make available the delegation of subdomains from the Domain Name; and

D. Recognise that the registration, use, display and exploitation of the Domain Name may be subject to applicable laws in all jurisdictions in which the Domain Name is used or accessible, including those concerning trademarks and other types of intellectual property and comply with such applicable laws.

Malware Scans

A. For purposes of this policy, “Malware” includes any programming (code, scripts, active content, or other computer instruction or set of computer instructions) designed, or is intended, to (a) block access to, prevent the use or accessibility of, or alter, destroy or inhibit the use of, a computer, computer program, computer operations, computer services or computer network, by authorised users; (b) adversely affect, interrupt or disable the operation, security, or integrity of a computer, computer program, computer operations, computer services or computer network; (c) falsely purport to perform a useful function but which actually perform a destructive or harmful function or perform no useful function but consume significant computer, telecommunications or memory resources; (d) gain unauthorised access to or use of a computer, computer program, computer operations, computer services or computer network; (e) alter, damage, destroy, monitor, collect or transmit information within a computer, computer program, computer operations, computer services or computer network without the authorisation of the owner of the information; (f) usurp the normal operation of a computer, computer program, computer operations, computer services or computer network; or (g) other abusive behaviour. Malware includes, without limitation, various forms of crimeware, diallers, disabling devices, dishonest adware, hijackware, scareware, slag code (logic bombs), rootkits, spyware, Trojan horses, viruses, web bugs and worms.

B. Registrar shall and Registrar shall require all of its agents and Registrar’s and its agents’ Registrants to:

  1. Permit Verisign to perform, in its unlimited and sole discretion, scans or other views of websites for the purpose of detecting Malware or as necessary to protect the integrity, security or stability of the Verisign systems (“Malware Scans”);
  2. Ensure all communications with or to the Verisign systems, the Registry, any other registry operated under an agreement with ICANN, or any ICANN-accredited registrar and all software, systems, or hardware used, shall be free of Malware. In the event any such Malware is introduced, Registrar and Registrant will employ all necessary measures to eradicate the Malware and reduce the effects of the Malware at Registrar and Registrant’s sole cost and expense;
  3. Hereby grant Verisign all necessary licences and consents and obtain such licences and consents from all holders of rights in all websites, to permit Verisign or its agent(s) to (i) perform, in Verisign’s unlimited and sole discretion, Malware Scans; (ii) collect, store and process data gathered as a result of such Malware Scans; (iii) disclose the results of such Malware Scan (including all data therefrom) to Registrar or its agents or designees; and (iv) use the results of such Malware Scan (including all data therefrom) in connection with protecting the integrity, security or stability of the Verisign systems and the Registry; and
  4. Agree that the results of any Malware Scan identifying Malware or potential Malware shall not be deemed to be confidential or proprietary information of such Registrar, Registrant or other rights-holder.

C. Verisign disclaims any and all warranties, representations or covenants that such Malware Scan will detect any and all Malware or that Verisign is responsible for notifying Registrar, any Registrant or any other person or entity of any Malware or cleaning any Malware from any systems. Registrar and Registrant shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless Verisign and its affiliates, suppliers, vendors and subcontractors, and ccTLD registry operators providing services with respect to the Domain Name and their respective employees, directors, officers, representatives, agents and assigns (“Verisign Affected Parties”) from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, arising out of or relating to, for any reason whatsoever, any Malware Scan, the failure to conduct a Malware Scan, the failure to detect any Malware, or the use of any data from Malware Scans. Registrar and Registrant will not enter into any settlement or compromise of any such indemnifiable claim without the Verisign Affected Party’s prior written consent.

Reservation of Rights

Notwithstanding anything else in these policies, Verisign expressly reserves the right to deny, cancel, or transfer any Domain Name registration that it deems necessary in its discretion: (i) to protect the integrity and stability of the Registry; (ii) to comply with any applicable laws, government rules or requirements, requests of law enforcement; (iii) in the event a Domain Name is used in violation of these policies or any other policies regarding .tv and .cc and; (iv) in compliance with any dispute resolution process, or (v) to avoid any liability, civil or criminal, on the part of Verisign and its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, directors and employees. Verisign also reserves the right to lock a Domain Name during resolution of a dispute.

Updated 1 August 2011