ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

Summary: Porn sites may soon be able to tag themselves with a .xxx address now that ICANN has given the new domain name its initial OK.

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Porn sites may soon be able to tag themselves with a .xxx address now that ICANN has given the new domain name its initial OK.

After denying several requests over the years for a new .xxx top-level domain, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) finally relented Friday by giving the new domain its conditional approval.

ICM Registry, which would manage and sell the new domain name to porn sites, has waged a long struggle to get .xxx accepted by ICANN as a top-level domain, only to get a thumb's down at each turn. ICM's Chairman Stuart Lawley has consistently touted the .xxx domain as a way to segregate and safely filter out adult entertainment sites. However, conservative groups have in the past lobbied Washington and reportedly pressured ICANN to deny the request.

For more on this story, read ICANN OKs .xxx domain name for porn sites on CNET News.

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  • No thanks

    Just a waste of cyberspace, I don't think we need that TLD. Porn is doing just fine on a .com
    malcarada
    • RE: ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

      @malcarada
      and how do you define the 'waste of cyberspace'?
      xxx to com is like rating movies for the intended audience.
      Linux Geek
    • RE: ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

      @malcarada

      Porn is doing just fine on a .com? To who? Not to the millions on the Internet that can't easily block their content. Now we can! You must be a spammer to support such a comment!
      SpankyFrost
  • finally a good decision

    I have yet to hear an excuse that makes sense from the opponents.
    Linux Geek
    • You just need to listen..

      @Linux Geek Its not the duty of ICANN to essentially set up a "filtering" system. The only way this will work with out infringing on free speech will be if they leave this as an OPTION not a requirement. Once they start making adult entertainment sites go under the xxx TLD - its a slippery slope.
      JT82
      • RE: ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

        @JT82

        Free speech? Why would any court agree with that? No one said they have to stop.
        SpankyFrost
  • .xyz isnt a domain name and this is dumb regardless...

    no porn site is going to use this and you cant force them to use it. well besides of course trying to grab all the WANTED DOMAINS sex.xxx etc....
    Just part of the over dumbness of the internet. porn runs the internet....
    who decides what is porn? foxnews is porn because they constantly try to ram u with bogus news stories.
    bspurloc
    • RE: ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

      [i]foxnews is porn because they constantly try to ram u with bogus news stories. [/i]

      You're an idiot.
      Hallowed are the Ori
      • That's rich...

        @James T. Kirk <== "Captain Kirk" calling someone an idiot.
        *Gman*
  • RE: ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

    I pay $2000/yr for a filter that stops our employees from surfing porn. If all the adult sites were under .xxx I could just create one firewall rule to block them all and save us money and trouble.

    and yes... bspurloc is an idiot. He should keep his politics to himself.
    ed@...
    • RE: ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

      @ed@... you're so busy namecalling that you are missing the point. It is because of the "simple filtering" that will keep most porn sites from using the .xxx. Why would they cut into their own wallets by making the filtering easier? They may ADD domains in the .xxx, but I doubt any will "switch".
      *Gman*
  • RE: ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

    The problem with this .xxx business is, how do you define "porn"? Some people are so hung up about anything the least bit sexual, they'll want to label a picture of a girl in a bathing suit to be pornography. For years, this has been one of my favorite standing jokes: What's the difference between erotic and pornographic? If it turns ME on, its erotic. If it turns somebody else on, its pornographic.
    AlexKovnat
  • RE: ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

    I supported the idea of a porn domain over 10 years ago. The IP should be required to make it an opt in, not an opt out. Stiff penalties should apply to anyone posting porn to any other domain. Countries not enforcing this should be cut off from the US Internet.
    compunaut34
  • Sounds 'logical', but...

    What makes anyone think that all the existing porn site operators are going to run out and buy all new domain names and immediately switch over to .xxx? If they know it will be easier to block them will they do it? Will they want to spend the time and money to switch over?
    Too-Tired Techie
  • RE: ICANN approves .xxx domain name for porn sites

    I dont think they should have a choice. all Porn should be on a .xxx domain no matter what. Children are more important than what loser democrats think about fairplay. Content filters do not work. any slip of the keyboard can potentially end up on a porn site. If you are over 18 then who cares what you look at but until then i dont want my children to see that stuff and a .xxx domain makes it very simple. No other arguments even make since. If you have a pron site on a .com then it should automatically be switched over free of charge. pron sites dont make money from children who dont have money so i should be alowed to decide what they see on my computer or smart phone. I do draw the line with isp's telling me what i can access. I pay the bill and its up to me to police myself. What i do in my own home is my business.
    qwikset