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Will the .xxx Domain Name Kill the Online Porn Industry?

29 Mar

Well, that’s an encouraging mainstream headline, isn’t it?

Once again, with friends like ICM Registry, who needs enemies?

Please note that this author has used the term “virtual ghetto.” Stuart Lawley has insisted that there is no way that this sTLD could ever be a “virtual ghetto.” No, no, no… it’s a “resort,” kinda like prison is a resort, I guess… in as much as it’s filled with people who are out of sight and therefore easy to ignore. And secure against unauthorized dangers.

Yeah, right.

Of course, this sTLD can only kill the industry if everyone goes bankrupt paying out the nose to protect their brands by parking their .XXX domains… or we’re all forced into it by a governmental mandate. And that could never happen, right?

– Darklady

Will the .xxx Domain Name Kill the Online Porn Industry?

Earlier this month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a new Internet domain suffix. After a meeting in San Francisco, the group released a draft agreement that .xxx would soon become a Top Level Domain (similar to .com, .org and .edu) for the world’s adult websites.

The group, which stands to make millions of dollars from the decision as all new .xxx domain names will have to be registered through the Florida-based ICM Registry at $60 each, has been debating the .xxx domain for at least seven years now. (The group has already registered about 250,000 domain names in anticipation of ICANN’s decision.)

Ironically, anti-porn and religious groups, according to PCWorld, have been the most vocal opponents of the new suffix. “Anti-pornography groups and religious groups are against the suffix because they feel it will make porn sites more visible and be an endorsement to the adult entertainment industry,” Sarah Jacobsson Purewal explained. But once the initial media fervor surrounding the creation of a new domain suffix dies down, it could do just the opposite. Creating a virtual ghetto for pornography will make it significantly easier for parents, employers and entire legislative bodies to police unwanted content.

To read more, visit: The Atlantic

 
 

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