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Sorry, .XXX, but Nobody Really Likes You

29 Mar

Poor .XXX.

Nobody seems to like it except for ICM Registry and Stuart Lawley.

The question now seems to be whether to just ignore the bully sTLD — or give in to its demands to pay protection money to defend what may or may not be established adult (or not) brands from poachers.

And exactly how much will that protection money be? I read numbers ranging from $60 to $75 per registration with absolutely no explanation as to why that’s a wise investment or how the money is going to be spent.

Mooning the Porn Stars

Steve DelBianco did a great job of discussing the rocky relationship between ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Board of Directors, in his piece entitled “.XXX Exposes the Naked Truth for ICANN”.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the adult industry press to see what their reaction is to the .XXX debacle.

But before we start, let’s get something out of the way. Yes, the adult industry is the people who bring us distended boobies and bums. Shall we all get our giggles out now? Because, part of what motivated the .XXX proposal was a dismissive attitude of ‘they are just porn stars, sleaze merchants, so they probably won’t put much up of a fight over a bald-faced tax’. If one assumes the people working in the industry are as smart as the bimbos and studs portrayed on film, one would be sadly mistaken.

An adult industry organization, the Free Speech Coalition organized a lightly-attended protest at the ICANN meeting in a last-ditch effort to deter the .XXX initiative. I’m told that there were more smokers in front of the conference hotel than there were adult industry protesters, that may speak to the poor life-style choices of ICANN attendees more than it does to adult industry passion (feigned or otherwise) for the issue, I don’t know.

One thing was made eminently clear at this point, unlike .aero .museum or any of the other sTLDS that have attained complete and utter failure, the underlying industry did not support the proposal.

To read more, visit: CircleID

Two more interesting and related links to check out:
XXX Does Not Mark the Spot

Sorry, You Can’t Boycott a Top Level Domain Name

 

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