|Registry Provider:||ARI Registry Services|
|Registry:||Virgin Enterprises Limited|
|Priority #:||296 - Virgin Enterprises Limited|
|Parked Domain %:||50.0 %|
|Delegation:||07 October 2015|
.virgin is a Brand TLD delegated to the Root Zone in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The string was delegated on 7 October 2015. Virgin Enterprises Limited manages the registry, with back-end services provided by ARI Registry Services.
Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) filed an objection against the TLD, on the grounds that it might also be used by pornographic sites.
The following is an excerpt from the applicant's response to question #18:
"The .VIRGIN TLD is intended to benefit Internet users by enabling Virgin Enterprises Ltd. and its affiliates (collectively, “The Company”) to communicate more easily and effectively with all Internet users, and particularly with The Company’s many customers, employees and affiliates. The TLD will become a supporting branding, technology and services platform for The Company’s mission and its businesses.
The .VIRGIN Registry will provide an Internet space, under control of The Company, to allow the distribution and exchange of information among The Company and its stakeholders by means of, but not limited to, websites, social networks, email and other technologies that will reside within the .VIRGIN domain name space. In addition, ancillary services may be provided in relation to registration of domains within the TLD, including but not limited to website hosting, SEO, marketing and consulting services.
The Company intends initially to reserve all names within the TLD to itself, and to later register and use any of those domain names for promotional and navigational purposes relating to The Company’s online presence and⁄or provision of goods and services.
The Company is the central management and intellectual property holding company for the Virgin Group of Companies. The Virgin Group is one of the largest and most successful multi-national companies in the world, and its VIRGIN brand is well known throughout the world."