The Dot-XXX Is Branching Out In a Sex Domain Land Grab

By Sam Gibbs on at

It seems the porn industry’s domain to call their own, dot-XXX, will be getting a few partners in the form of .porn, .sex and .adult and you’ll get the for free with a .xxx domain. Porn barons the world over will be pleased, if ICANN approves that is.

ICM Registry, the porn-domain controller, has sunk nearly £1.3 million into the provocative domain applications, but it’s not guaranteed of success if ICANN turns its nose up at the smutty gTLDs. In fact, given the allegations of shakedown treatment and complaints from the porn industry, I’d say there’s a fair chance of a veto.

Porn doesn’t like being put in the corner, and everyone knows, where porn goes the rest of the consumer media technology follows. There’s a certain amount of irony here though, seeing ICM having to invest its profits from allegedly extorting porn producers to protect its monopoly on internet smut. [The Register]

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