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05|29|2009 05:56 pm EDT Preparing to Launch .CM TLD

by Chad Kettner in Categories: ccTLDs

Mr Moustapha Saya Kaigama, the president of which owns and operates Cameroon’s controversial ccTLD, will present details about the development of the .CM registry and its upcoming top level domain registration re-launch during the ccTLD TRAFFIC symposium in Amsterdam from June 1-4, 2009.

So why is this a big deal? Ask Kevin Ham.

.CM, as it turns out, is only a single typo away from being .COM, meaning anybody who owns a generic .CM domain name is bound to receive traffic from internet users who accidentally forget the “o” in their search for a website. For example,, which redirects to an unaffiliated landing page, receives over 20,000 hits a day according to

Unfortunately, this exciting opportunity for typosquatters and domainers alike has never been available since Cameroon, which used to control the .CM ccTLD, previously restricted registrations so it could capitalize on wildcarding the entire registry.

However, under the watch of, .CM registrations are now going to be almost entirely unrestricted and open to anyone in the world.

Seven months ago successfully launched the second level domain registry worldwide – including,, and – and is now ready to take the next step.

The registry will start the sunrise period for the top level domain on June 15 at 9:00 UTC before the landrush takes place from July 15-31. Open registration will commence on August 1, 2009 at 0:00:01 UTC. At this point .CM domains can be registered on a first come, first serve basis through any accredited registrar.


Related Article: The .CM Story Revisited – posted July 26, 2007

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Ron Sheridan

May 29, 2009 @ 6:16 pm EDT

A TM Lawyers Wet Dream.


May 30, 2009 @ 1:02 am EDT

who can register a domain name on june 15th at 9 is that everyone


May 30, 2009 @ 1:34 am EDT

Applicants for the June 15-July 14 sunrise period must hold a valid & issued trademark.

Everybody can take part in the landrush which starts on July 15.


May 30, 2009 @ 1:41 am EDT

How much will the extention be for my store name


May 30, 2009 @ 1:50 am EDT

I’m not sure. Perhaps contact the registry via


May 30, 2009 @ 1:59 am EDT

I surely will. Thank you for responding back to me.

Netcom Support

May 30, 2009 @ 7:41 am EDT

The registrar with the cheapest offer is around Euro 70 for the open registration period. Other might charge a bit more. Simply check out our website and ask the registrars.


May 30, 2009 @ 11:22 am EDT

The article here states one will be able to register a .cm name. But the link to the .cm website shows subdomain registrations only (such as Which is correct?


May 30, 2009 @ 12:54 pm EDT

jblack – Right now you can only register a second level domain – but they’re opening up Top Level Registrations soon, which is the news that is stated in the article.

Beggars Liars Thieves.

June 1, 2009 @ 8:14 am EDT

Sunrise periods on “registered trademarks” is bogus.

Business owners and any trader using an unregistered mark still has rights.

If you think by owning a .cm versus a .com version will somehow relieve you from getting nailed by IP attorneys you are plain misguided.

I am surprised that K Ham hasn’t been sent a rocket by a corporate already.

Beggars Liars Thieves.

June 1, 2009 @ 8:19 am EDT

K Ham could eaily be the subject of a class action for any revenues derived from US / CA / EU traffic as the extension is designed for non English speaking residents based in Cameroon.

Holding these domains to specifically gain financial benefit from other rights holders efforts is clearly against many laws/regulations.

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