Pornographic Domain Resurrected

A domain specifically for pornographic content was introduced in 2001. All websites with porn would be required to have .xxx after their name, instead of .com and .net. Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) approved the domain in 2004.  Icann was then faced with a moral backlash from conservative groups, mostly in the US. Icann reversed their decision for .xxx domain names to be sold in 2007.

The International Centre for Dispute Resolution reviewed this decision. They ruled that the plan should be revisited to allow the domain on the Internet. This would allow people to begin selling domain names that feature the .xxx in their title. Icann will take this into consideration on March 12. Icann admits it is unlikely that the 2007 decision will be overturned any time soon, if at all. There are many opinions to consider across the board.

Icann addresses this issue because the domain name,, will go up for auction on March 18. The previous owner, Escom LLC, failed to repay debt owned to DOM Partners LLC. Escom purchased the domain name in 2006 for $14 million.  The auction takes place in New York. If you think you’d like to participate, don’t forget your certified check for $1 million. Every interested buyer is required to show up with one. Who would have thought something as simple as a domain name would cost so much money?

Realistically, adding .xxx is not going to keep people from viewing porn accidentally on the internet. It may even increase the likelihood of being included in searches.

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Posted on March 11, 2010, in Global Biz, Internet and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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