Domain Blocking Tools

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Intercept scammers and cybersquatters, and secure your revenue online
Domain blocking tools

Take decisive to defend your domain presence

Cybersquatters hold crucial assets to ransom, but for legitimate businesses, powerful protection tools let you take control of your domains.

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GlobalBlock can protect brands across hundreds of top-level domains.

What are domain blocking tools?

Securing your company’s premises requires robust infrastructure and equipment, like a fence, cameras, and locked doors. Protecting your domains also requires the equivalent digital measures, including strategic domain tools from Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), Domain Protected Marks List (DPML), and GlobalBlock.

TMCH and AdultBlock

The Trademark Clearinghouse creates a vital conduit between your traditional trademarks and online property. As ICANN’s most important rights protection mechanism for new gTLDs, the TMCH functions as a domain and IP database, where you can submit your trademarks to establish control over related domains.

TMCH’s business benefits

Submitting your trademarks to the TMCH establishes a crucial line of defence against infringing registrations.

Once accepted, the TMCH works actively to enforce your IP, informing anyone who registers a potential infringement, and escalating from there. Your TMCH acceptance also lays the foundations for other domain protection mechanisms.

While defending your domain and deterring cybersquatters, TMCH protection also notifies you any time someone begins a registration that infringes on your brand.

These real-time insights deliver threat intelligence and clarity about the landscape, informing your domain strategy going forward.

The TMCH focuses on new gTLDs, a field which regularly expands to welcome new domain extensions.

Registering your trademarks with the TMCH grants your brand access to “Sunrise Periods” whenever ICANN approves a new domain extension launch, giving your team first priority over any new registrations you need for your brand.

Whether you’re a family-friendly brand or an IP-focussed entrepreneur, explicit impersonations on adult domains inflict series damage to your online business.

Brands tackle this threat with a solution called AdultBlock. This advanced solution blocks scammers and impersonators from registering domains that infringe on your brand across four key extensions:

  • .ADULT
  • .PORN
  • .SEX
  • .XXX

For more information about AdultBlock, and how it could help your business, check out our purpose-built guide.

DPML

As new domain extensions pop up all the time, along with new scammers, brands need a proactive way to block cybersquatting. That’s where the DPML (Domain Protected Marks List) comes in. Establishing DPML protection for your brand blocks scammers from registering infringements across the world’s largest new gTLD portfolio, preventing scams and impersonations and securing your online presence.

What DPML brings to your brand

Instead of applying to protect yourself of each TLD separately, DPML provides a one-stop-shop for domain protection, securing your brand across hundreds of extensions at once.
The standard DPML block lasts between one and five years, and this solution makes it easy for you to add or remove terms, monitor your domain blocks, and add additional terms to suit your business goals.
Some registrars advise businesses towards mountains of defensive registrations that drive up expenses and provide scarcely any use or value. By contrast, setting up a sophisticated domain blocking strategy protects your brand and disarms scammers and squatters effectively and efficiently

DPML Plus

If you like the sound of DPML, you’ll love DPML Plus. This enhanced solution goes above and beyond, delivering ten-year protection, coverage across premium gTLDs, domain variation blocking, and more, as you’ll learn from our experts.

GlobalBlock

While brands must protect themselves across new, generic domain extensions, country-based domains also present a crucial battleground for your online presence. A new service called GlobalBlock addresses this concern, as a union of gTLD and ccTLD operators collaborate to deliver security and stability for modern brands. GlobalBlock offers concrete brand protection across 600+ top level domains with a single transaction, delivering an effective tool for your company’s digital arsenal.

GlobalBlock’s benefits for your online presence

With GlobalBlock, the numbers speak for themselves.

This solution’s widespread coverage across domain formats makes it an essential tool for any well-protected brand.

AutoCatch, one of GlobalBlock’s smartest features, clocks any already-registered domains that infringe on your brand, and provides priority registration to your team as soon as they come back on the market.

This plug and play solution streamlines the process of returning digital IP to its rightful owner.

Dynamic strategies require flexible solutions, and GlobalBlock accommodates your team’s evolving portfolio.

If you want to register one of the domains you’ve blocked, simply unblock and claim the domain to expand your online presence.

EBRAND solutions

Your domains, the cornerstones of your online presence and key IP assets in their own right, require an effective digital solution to support your business and deter scammers. Exploring options like TMCH, DPML, AdultBlock, and GlobalBlock informs your team about the best strategies and technical solutions to get the job done.

With EBRAND domain blocking, you’ll reinforce your digital branding, identify infringements, and recoup your IP as soon as possible. Reach out to our team, and we’ll find an stress-free, concrete solution to meet your needs and protect your domains.

Comparing each domain blocking tool

AdultBlock DPML and DPML Plus GlobalBlock and GlobalBlock Plus
Number of extensions covered 4 (.adult, .porn, .sex and .xxx) 300+ 600+, including AdultBlock and DPML TLDs
Premium name coverage No Only with DPML Plus Yes
Priority autocatch No No Yes
Terms of coverage One year, but unlimited terms available One year, and three years for DPML Plus One year, but unlimited terms available
Eligibility Trademark holders accredited via the TMCH. For more details, reach out to our experts. Trademark holders accredited via the TMCH. For more details, reach out to our experts. Trademark holders accredited via the TMCH. For more details, reach out to our experts.

Domain Blocking FAQs

Domain blocking means registering your brand’s keywords with the relevant digital authorities to thwart unauthorized usage going forward. Initially focused on addressing issues within the .xxx domain related to adult entertainment, this practice since expanded to cover more than hundreds domain extensions. While it doesn’t provide absolute protection, domain experts recommend domain blocking to help businesses safeguard their brand assets, trademarks, and individual identities online.

Working with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), the Domains Protected Marks List (DPML) empowers brand owners to safeguard their trademarks across diverse domain extensions. This proactive approach not only covers exact trademark matches but also extends protection to terms and phrases associated with the brand, mitigating the risk of unauthorized registrations. DPML spans a wide array of domain extensions, ranging from common ones like .com to specialized TLDs. For a more in-depth understanding, explore our dedicated blog post on DPML.

Developers created AdultBlock to protect brands across adult-themed domain extensions. Blocking registrations across .xxx, .sex, .porn, and .adult, AdultBlock aims to protect trademarks from misuse within the adult entertainment industry. By thwarting the registration of potentially detrimental domain names, this tool plays a crucial role in preserving brand reputation. AdultBlock proves essential for any brand that wants to safeguard its image from inappropriate infringements online.

GlobalBlock, a next-generation domain blocking solution, extends beyond DPML and AdultBlock combined. The solution provides extensive protection across a diverse range of TLDs, encompassing both generic extensions and adult-themed ones. As a bundled solution, it caters to trademark holders seeking comprehensive coverage beyond individual mechanisms. To delve into the full scope of GlobalBlock’s capabilities, get in touch with our experts.

Each of the brand protection solutions—DPML, AdultBlock, and GlobalBlock—has its specific limitations. Firstly, term limits pose a constraint on their effectiveness, ranging from one to ten years. Users must carefully consider the duration of protection that aligns with their strategic goals. Additionally, these tools do not defend against existing registrations, meaning they cannot retroactively address domains already in use before the application of the protection services. Another limitation is that they do not cover every conceivable domain extension, leaving potential vulnerabilities in less common or emerging TLDs. Lastly, users may encounter challenges when attempting to transfer blocks from one domain to another, highlighting a potential complexity in adapting the protection mechanisms to evolving brand strategies or portfolio changes. Despite these limitations, these tools remain valuable assets in a comprehensive brand protection strategy, and users can optimize their efficacy through strategic planning and understanding of their specific features and constraints.

When it comes to domain-related acronyms, gTLD stands for generic top-level domain, representing common extensions like .com, .org, and .net. The term “new gTLD” refers to additional generic extensions introduced after 2012, diversifying options with domains like .app, .blog, .career, and .shop. On the other hand, ccTLDs, or country code top-level domains, refer to domain extensions related to individual countries or territories. These include .fr for France, or .ca for Canada. While organizations around the world use gTLDs, new gTLDs offer fresh choices, and ccTLDs specify a website based on geography. Understanding these distinctions helps businesses choose the best domain extension for their online presence.
The sunrise period, in the context of domains, refers to a specific phase during the launch of a new top-level domain (TLD) where trademark holders have the exclusive opportunity to register domain names corresponding to their trademarks before the general public. This phase aims to prioritize the rights of brand owners, allowing them to secure their trademarks as domain names in the newly introduced TLD. Brands can participate in the sunrise period after submitting their trademark data to the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH), which authenticates and verifies trademarks for eligibility. Utilizing strategic domain solutions like TMCH and DPML can strengtehn your brands protection during crucial sunrise periods, and prevent potential infringement and unauthorized domain registrations.
Cybersquatting refers to the malicious practice of registering, using, or selling a domain name with the intent to profit from someone else’s trademark or brand. This unethical behavior involves exploiting the reputation and goodwill of established brands by preemptively registering similar or identical domain names. Cybersquatters often engage in activities such as phishing, selling counterfeit goods, or diverting traffic for financial gain. Strategic domain tools like TMCH, DPML, and GlobalBlock form crucial safeguards against cybersquatting, helping brands protect their identities, maintain customer trust, and mitigate potential legal issues.
Brands employ strategic domain tools like TMCH, DPML, and GlobalBlock to safeguard their intellectual property, mitigate brand abuse, secure their online presence, prevent phishing and fraud, maintain brand integrity, and ensure legal compliance. These tools offer a proactive defense against unauthorized domain registrations, helping brands protect their valuable assets, foster trust among consumers, and uphold a consistent and positive representation across the digital landscape.
The DPML (Domain Protected Marks List) covers various generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including hundreds of different extensions. The specific domains covered by DPML may vary, and it’s advisable to check with the domain registry or the provider offering DPML services for the most up-to-date and accurate information on the supported gTLDs.

GlobalBlock was released in February 2024. Originally slated for 2023, the delay was intentional to incorporate additional features, ensuring an even more robust and effective domain blocking solution. Get in touch with our experts to get to grips with all of the details from the release, and explore the advanced capabilities it brings to safeguard your digital assets.

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