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June 01, 2005

ICANN Approves '.xxx' Top Level Domain

Posted by Ernest Miller

The Associated Press reports that ICANN has approved a new top-level domain ".xxx" (Internet Group OKs 'xxx' Web Addresses). Read ICANN's brief announcement here: ICANN Moves Forward in First Phase Commercial & Technical Negotiations with an Additional sTLD Applicant. ICM Registry is the lucky company that can sell the domain names for 10x the going price for a .com domain. Read their press release:ICANN Approves .xxx Sponsored Top-Level Domain Application.

An international cross-section of the responsible online adult-entertainment industry has expressed its support for the new TLD and indicated its willingness to work through the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR), the Canadian non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization that is sponsoring the TLD to combat child pornography and to regularize business processes and to ensure that children and others who do not wish to access adult entertainment online can easily avoid it.
Great. It is voluntary now, but expect renewed efforts in Congress and certain of the states to require those with material "harmful to children" to register in the .xxx domain. Also, expect a rash of new trademark litigation, particularly with regards to dilution and tarnishment when the .xxx domain sale begins. And what is this about stopping child porn? How will a top level domain have any impact on that?
via How Appealing


Seth Finkelstein calls the new domain "pornographic titillation" (.XXX Domain Approved).

Techdirt links to a number of their previous postings on the concept (ICANN Finally Agrees To Build An Online Red Light District).

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1. Seth Finkelstein on June 1, 2005 10:29 PM writes...

See my XXX domain approved post for a cite how this won't help anyone but the registry selling the names.

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