.xxx domains get ICANN approval

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has given its final approval to create an Internet top-level domain specifically dedicated to pornography.

According to the BBC, the decision ends 10 years of wrangling and means that the new “.xxx” based domains will now get the go ahead. Thousands of porn webmasters have already pre-reserved various .xxx domains despite not knowing when approval for them would be given.

The move towards .xxx domains has had various protests ever since initial approval was given over 6 years ago, with a recent protest taking place earlier this month in San Francisco. In a strange turn of events, porn stars decided to side with religious groups amongst others who were against the proposed .xxx top-level domain, believing that it would create more censorship rather than keeping pornography domains open, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the ICANN from giving the go-ahead.

Meanwhile supporters have said that going with .xxx top-level domains will make it easier for people/companies to filter out inappropriate content. In making their decision, the ICCAN said “The Icann community has engaged in extensive debate as well, with this single issue generating higher volumes of community comment than nearly any other issue ever faced within Icann."

In an article on Wired, both the adult industry and free speech advocates have said that they are not happy with the ruling, with Free Speech Coalition (FSC) Executive Director Diane Duke saying, “Of course we are disappointed but we are not surprised by the ICANN Board’s decision. As voiced in concerns by speakers at this very conference, the ICANN Board has dangerously undervalued the input from governments worldwide,”

Stuart Lawley, the Chief Executive for the ICM who will be overseeing the switch said “ICANN's decision to give .XXX final approval is a landmark moment for the internet.” Adult websites will now have to repurchase domain names, while .xxx domains are set to sell for $70, with over 200,000 URL’s already reserved.

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Doesn't work. I'd love to have a xxx domain... and play with the subdomains... like... xxx.lulz.xxx, or anti.xxx. heh

Sure wish they had done this about 10 years ago-- would make the web much safer for network administrators or parents who wish to block bad sites. I mean now you mistype a web domain and chances are that you will get a porn site.

redvamp128 said,
Sure wish they had done this about 10 years ago-- would make the web much safer for network administrators or parents who wish to block bad sites. I mean now you mistype a web domain and chances are that you will get a porn site.

People actually manage to do that, and not just use it as an excuse? I myself never got to a porn site, when I mistyped an url. But then maybe I'm just regularly visiting the wrong sites.
Got an example of a website that if you mistype his address, you'll get to a porn site?

Pupik said,

People actually manage to do that, and not just use it as an excuse? I myself never got to a porn site, when I mistyped an url. But then maybe I'm just regularly visiting the wrong sites.
Got an example of a website that if you mistype his address, you'll get to a porn site?

a prime example of this which has since been corrected--

was whitehouse.com (the official site was whitehouse.gov)
but that was many years ago though

Brian Miller said,
When can we register them?

You know they will make a lot of money as non-porn company'es will register their own version of the domain names too to protect their brand from others. Lets say microsoft.xxx will redirect to microsoft.com and not playboy.com

I can't see the point of this unless they force all porn websites to use the .xxx tld. Otherwise filtering will still be futile.

I think this is a good thing. As long as ISP's don't block it. It's normal for a normal business to block porn. And it's safer for kids if parents can easily block it.

The fact that it took this long for this to get approved just proved that the people running things are not in touch with whats going on on the Net. Anyone with any common sense could easily see the benefits of having porn on a .xxx domain. First and foremost I worry about kids and having them exposed either accidentally or maliciously to hardcore porn, assuming anyone purveying the flesh on a non .xxx domain will get shut down.

As a side note, I am a proponent of freedom of speech and peoples rights - I guess you could say I'm pro-porn.

bnajbert said,
The fact that it took this long for this to get approved just proved that the people running things are not in touch with whats going on on the Net. Anyone with any common sense could easily see the benefits of having porn on a .xxx domain. First and foremost I worry about kids and having them exposed either accidentally or maliciously to hardcore porn, assuming anyone purveying the flesh on a non .xxx domain will get shut down.

As a side note, I am a proponent of freedom of speech and peoples rights - I guess you could say I'm pro-porn.

That would be fine if they were forced to use .xxx domains, but they are not.

war said,
That would be fine if they were forced to use .xxx domains, but they are not.

And why is that a problem? Say only 10% of porn sites switch to a .xxx domain, right away you've found a way to filter out 10% of the porn on the internet. That might not sound like much, but it's actually a hell of a lot and any reduction is worthwhile.
At the very least, it isn't going to CAUSE any problems, so why not? The reason porn stars were protesting was because they believe it will cut down their market, so clearly people do believe it will be a viable way to filter porn.

bnajbert said,
The fact that it took this long for this to get approved just proved that the people running things are not in touch with whats going on on the Net. Anyone with any common sense could easily see the benefits of having porn on a .xxx domain. First and foremost I worry about kids and having them exposed either accidentally or maliciously to hardcore porn, assuming anyone purveying the flesh on a non .xxx domain will get shut down.

As a side note, I am a proponent of freedom of speech and peoples rights - I guess you could say I'm pro-porn.

Anybody who has younger children that use the Net can appreciate any help at all to protect them.

bnajbert said,

Anybody who has younger children that use the Net can appreciate any help at all to protect them.

Because the children won't figure out how to type '.xxx', or be able to circumvent any blocks via a web proxy.

MohammadReza Taesiri said,
That's a Shame !

Why's that? Sex is one of the oldest professions in the world, 2nd only to farming probably. On top of that, this makes it easier for system administrators to protect their networks. No longer do we have to know the address of each site, we can just block *.xxx and be g2g.

CoMMo said,
No longer do we have to know the address of each site, we can just block *.xxx and be g2g.

This is the main reason for me to like the move, it will simplify the process of filtering

CoMMo said,

Why's that? Sex is one of the oldest professions in the world, 2nd only to farming probably. On top of that, this makes it easier for system administrators to protect their networks. No longer do we have to know the address of each site, we can just block *.xxx and be g2g.

Prevents those 'typo accidents' and stumble upon a porn site now, unless they start autocorrecting to .xxx

CoMMo said,

Why's that? Sex is one of the oldest professions in the world, 2nd only to farming probably. On top of that, this makes it easier for system administrators to protect their networks. No longer do we have to know the address of each site, we can just block *.xxx and be g2g.

Prevents those 'typo accidents' and stumble upon a porn site now, unless they start autocorrecting to .xxx

CoMMo said,

Why's that? Sex is one of the oldest professions in the world, 2nd only to farming probably. On top of that, this makes it easier for system administrators to protect their networks. No longer do we have to know the address of each site, we can just block *.xxx and be g2g.

That will work for companies that decide to only use .xxx domains. They are NOT forced to however, so there will still be plenty porn sites still on .com you will have to manage.

CoMMo said,

Why's that? Sex is one of the oldest professions in the world, 2nd only to farming probably. On top of that, this makes it easier for system administrators to protect their networks. No longer do we have to know the address of each site, we can just block *.xxx and be g2g.

Sex is the oldest profession? Since when is sex a profession? If you're referring to prostitution, this has nothing to do with that.

While it will certainly be simple to block all .xxx websites, what incentive to porn sites have to change over to .xxx domains? Why would existing sites bother?

CoMMo said,

Why's that? Sex is one of the oldest professions in the world, 2nd only to farming probably. On top of that, this makes it easier for system administrators to protect their networks. No longer do we have to know the address of each site, we can just block *.xxx and be g2g.

trust me, nobody doesn't care about filtering pornography websites, it's all about money!!

MohammadReza Taesiri said,
That's a Shame !

Your comment is a shame. Like others have said, easier to block. Now with google's new domain blocking, I can finally search "huge c o c k" and find pictures of big roosters.

jafoman said,

Sex is the oldest profession? Since when is sex a profession? If you're referring to prostitution, this has nothing to do with that.

References to Prostitution can be found back as far as can go. It was mentioned in the Bible for instance. Sex sells and always has and for some people selling their body IS a profession and has been for many years