.XXX added to root servers, nearly ready to go live

Today the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) added the top level domain .xxx to the root nameservers in preparation for the full launch. A few domains are already resolving, such as SEX.xxx and XXX.xxx, with more expected to once DNS propagation has completed. Although the final availability date has not been set, some registrars have already started accepting registrations and the ICM has been allowing users to reserve certain domains for a couple of months.

The XXX domain has seen its fair share of problems since it was first suggested. Because of the issues that arose, there was a long 'public opinion' review issued by ICANN and meetings between the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and ICANN over ICM's "controversial application for approval of a .xxx top-level domain."

The ICM has already said that the new domains will only be available to those working within the adult industry and not general public. To that degree, "the contract will require anyone registering a .XXX domain to complete an application process endorsed and overseen by the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR)," and "being that as a sponsored TLD, .XXX domain names will only be available to the adult entertainment industry."

People in favor of the domain have previously said that the obvious benefit to having a dedicated porn domain is that it will make it easier for parents to filter out adult content in order to protect their children, however this may not work unless every dot com moves over, which, according to the contract requirements for .xxx, may not be possible.

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The contentious XXX extension will have no affect on adult Dotcom websites; adult Dotcoms will remain unchanged. Furthermore, with so much adverse publicity - including threats by Governments to block XXX country by country - many will look to avoid the XXX webspace completely. For those compelled to reserve domains defensively, it's likely that anonymity will be required as names get set as Unresolvable and/or Unknown. The outcome? Perhaps a mass of “For Sale” signs by speculators looking to offload their XXX investments.

All ICANN has done here is to openly advance fragmentation of the Web and encourage people to find new ways of making the most of their surfing experience. The result is that Internet users are now bypassing ICANN to create their own unique, memorable and personalised range of brand new Dashcom Domains and TLDs, totally free.

Sites such as Dashworlds.com now provide brand new Dashcom (not Dotcom) domain names. Dashcoms are addresses in format “business-com”, “paris-fashion”, “social-network” (and of course any XXX your heart might desire). Totally outside the realm and control of ICANN, Internet users can create any domain or TLD in any language, instantly and at no cost.

With users and members in over 90 countries worldwide, resolution is via an APP; although new ISP Links are available to make this unnecessary (ISP Links that are also available to ICANN).

Having just one Internet floating in infinite cyberspace is like saying you can comfortably visit all America by living on Brooklyn Bridge. So now, just as in America (and everywhere else in the world) the Internet has more than one option

isnt this a bit pointless anyways? Isnt Ipv4 about to go nuclear due to a lack of address` or has the scare over that subsided?

Colicab said,
isnt this a bit pointless anyways? Isnt Ipv4 about to go nuclear due to a lack of address` or has the scare over that subsided?

How is that related?

Colicab said,
isnt this a bit pointless anyways? Isnt Ipv4 about to go nuclear due to a lack of address` or has the scare over that subsided?

TLD's have nothing to do with IPv4...

Is anyone else slightly disappointed in humanity thanks to this? I could kinda understand a new TLD for all streaming video sites, but just porn?

s1k3sT said,
Is anyone else slightly disappointed in humanity thanks to this? I could kinda understand a new TLD for all streaming video sites, but just porn?

You obviously have no idea just how much of the internet is devoted to porn.

Seizure1990 said,

You obviously have no idea just how much of the internet is devoted to porn.
Oh, I know; just slightly disappointed because of it...

satukoro said,
What about neowin.xxx?
I imagine there will be a lot of geeks that show video of them raping their hardware by OC it to the max.

I imagine .xxx domains will be pretty expensive. It's new, so demand will be high, and made for people who plan to make money (like .tv and .fm). I'm sure plenty of people will register their own for the lols though.

what said,
I imagine .xxx domains will be pretty expensive. It's new, so demand will be high, and made for people who plan to make money (like .tv and .fm). I'm sure plenty of people will register their own for the lols though.

You're correct. From the ICM.XXX FAQ:

4. How much will domain names cost?
Registrars will set their own end user pricing. .XXX domains will wholesale around $60 per domain.

So $60 if a registrar don't want to make a profit, and it's up from there. Ugh...

If you can only register the domain if you're in the adult 'business', what happens when someone registers neowin.xxx or for that matter microsoft.xxx apple.xxx <trademark>.xxx.

C:Amie said,
If you can only register the domain if you're in the adult 'business', what happens when someone registers neowin.xxx or for that matter microsoft.xxx apple.xxx <trademark>.xxx.

The answer is simple: Raunchy photos of the Neowin admins and moderators need to be posted on a neowin.xxx, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates in a steamy hot scene on microsoft.xxx, and Steve Jobs fapping to an iPad photo gallery on an apple.xxx.

neufuse said,
where is rappy.xxx ?

He can use it as an outlet, rather then the "10 million posts" threads.

Actually... Scrap that! xD

@AKLP: I use gmail and have been for almost 5 years now... (wow has it been that long!!) anyways, i get ZERO spam in my inbox whatsoever from ANY website domain whether porn or not, i don't think you will have to update anything.

AKLP said,
i prepared my gmail filters too, /block *.xxx

As far as I can tell, that's basically the point. It's putting all the porn in one location so that it can be easily blocked using firewall rules and the like.

Majesticmerc said,

As far as I can tell, that's basically the point. It's putting all the porn in one location so that it can be easily blocked using firewall rules and the like.

but it's not manditory for porn people to use .xxx

The Laughing Man said,

Give it time.

yeah I agree... it will soon be. That's why the Porn industry was fighting it so hard. See most of their ad revenue comes from the random "OHH DAMNIT" clicking some do when surfing around...ya know the annoying pop up ads and such that get people so screwed up they don't know what's going on till they hit the power button.

timster said,
but it's not manditory for porn people to use .xxx

True, but obviously any questionable (or non-questionable) material that uses the .xxx TLD can be easily blocked in one rule. Obviously its failing is that it's opt-in for sites that want to use it, but it makes sense to block it anyway.

Hope it will have the same cost at GoDaddy as the .info domains, wich is $2. The era of .xxx will blow up =) God, can't wait to see them up, /facepalm.

SubZenit said,
Hope it will have the same cost at GoDaddy as the .info domains, wich is $2. The era of .xxx will blow up =) God, can't wait to see them up, /facepalm.

We already have a quite a few list of country planing ISP level block and ban towards the extension. Includes India too, for the first time..

Surprising it is, but my connection, (Indian) state owned BSNL is resolving and opening .XXX domains !!! SEX.XXX to be exact... wow.. i thought Indian ISP were suppose to sensor the entire extension it self..