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Porn Giant Suing Over New .XXX Adult Domains

By - Source: PCMag | B 39 comments

Manwin Licensing isn't too eager to spend cash on acquiring all the necessary new domains.

YouPorn owner Manwin Licensing International SARL has filed a lawsuit against those that are running the new .XXX top level domain. According to the suit, which was obtained by the Wall Street Journal, the company claims that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) as well as ICM, the organisation tasked with managing the .XXX domain, have engaged in "monopolistic conduct, price gouging, and anticompetitive and unfair practice." 

Approved in March, .XXX domains are aimed squarely at those with adult or sexually explicit websites. The idea behind the genre-specific domain is a more regulated and secure environment for online payments; it also makes it extremely easy for schools and parents to block porn on computers frequently used by children. ICM Registry said at the time of launch that it had seen tremendous interest in the new domain and claimed that more than 200,000 have already applied to reserve domains. However, it seems not all the companies interested in .XXX domains are pleased with how ICM and ICANN are doing business.

Manwinn Licensing International, which owns many different sites and manages Playboy's web presence as well as that of Digital Playground, says that at $60 a pop, the new domains are costly, especially if you have countless brands and websites that each need their own address. Though the .XXX domain is voluntary and no company has to purchase the .XXX version of their current web address or company name, many feel they have to in order to prevent domain squatters from moving in.

According to PC Mag, Marwin's legal time has dubbed the new domain "an unnecessary cost on everybody" and hopes to stop the sale of .XXX domains and have price constraints put in place.

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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 20, 2011 3:08 AM
    Wow, that's a lot of pr0n news on Tom's lately. I suggest creating a separate website for them - Tom's Porn.
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    aznguy0028 , November 20, 2011 3:25 AM
    lol rule 34. "hi ma'am, so it's okay if i stick my video card into your pci-e slot?" nothing is safe! xD
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    memadmax , November 20, 2011 4:15 AM
    .xxx is a failure.
    Why?
    Not a whole lot changed except create alot more sites...
    The original .coms are still there.....
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  • 23 Hide
    amk-aka-Phantom , November 20, 2011 3:08 AM
    Wow, that's a lot of pr0n news on Tom's lately. I suggest creating a separate website for them - Tom's Porn.
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    neoverdugo , November 20, 2011 3:24 AM
    I smell Rule 34 the moment Tom's Hardware decide to create Tom's Porn.
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    aznguy0028 , November 20, 2011 3:25 AM
    lol rule 34. "hi ma'am, so it's okay if i stick my video card into your pci-e slot?" nothing is safe! xD
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    velocityg4 , November 20, 2011 3:36 AM
    Frankly I hope they win. I see no reason as to why they should have to pay more for this domain then others.

    Personally I would like to see all these additional domain types dropped. I know the stated purpose is to allow for more web sites or to better target different types of websites. In reality this adds little value to companies or consumers.

    Companies are blackmailed by ICANN into purchasing all these variants to protect their brand image. While consumers have .com programmed into their minds or .co.whatever depending on country. Most don't understand these variants or use them. They just google the company every time they want to go to the site then click on it in the results. The web addresses are too complicated to remember nor do they understand how bookmarks work.

    Sorry if this becomes a double post. My initial one did not show up. For some reason Tom's doesn't remember me, cookies are turned on. I have to log in every time I try to post.
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    livebriand , November 20, 2011 3:54 AM
    Screw those idiots. Who cares?
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    Azn Cracker , November 20, 2011 4:07 AM
    amk-aka-PhantomWow, that's a lot of pr0n news on Tom's lately. I suggest creating a separate website for them - Tom's Porn.

    .xxx
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    de5_Roy , November 20, 2011 4:09 AM
    "giant porn scruing over new xXx adult domains!"
    Quote:
    According to PC Mag, Marwin's legal time has dubbed the new domain "an unnecessary cost on everybody" and hopes to stop the sale of .XXX domains and have price constraints put in place.

    porn is unnecessary!
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    memadmax , November 20, 2011 4:15 AM
    .xxx is a failure.
    Why?
    Not a whole lot changed except create alot more sites...
    The original .coms are still there.....
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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 20, 2011 4:27 AM
    memadmax.xxx is a failure.Why?Not a whole lot changed except create alot more sites... The original .coms are still there.....


    That's what I think, too. Add the fact that it will be easier to block porn sites and it's a lose-lose situation for the porn industry.
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    spentshells , November 20, 2011 5:10 AM
    Rule 34 ? Toms Hardware....writing itself today
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    DawnTreader , November 20, 2011 5:21 AM
    I want regulatory bodies to make it necessary for all porn sites to move to a .xxx domain and have to vacate all other domains. then I wont have to worry that my children will accidentally run into porn with a badly typed web address because I will have an easy way to block it all.

    I also think that setting up groupings like that would be helpful in knowing where to look on the internet for something. for instance if it is a business i am looking for then i would do .com, if it was a church or religious site i was looking for, if a domain was created for it, i could do .reg, or for government we all know .gov.

    A lot of people might find grouping stuff like that helpful.
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    alidan , November 20, 2011 6:46 AM
    amk-aka-PhantomThat's what I think, too. Add the fact that it will be easier to block porn sites and it's a lose-lose situation for the porn industry.


    look at it from porn/small buissness view. its an extra 60$ per address, and you have to get every one of the accidental type ones too, where you misspell it a bit. 1 website could need 5+ domains.

    sure its easier to find/block/and all that crap, porn sites don't care, kids aren't paying them for it, its not like advertisements sustain porn sites (most) its that porn is already a industry that is large, but over saturated, and a hit movie sells more than 10000 copies. they dont have a whole hell of allot of money
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    ojas , November 20, 2011 7:48 AM
    alidanlook at it from porn/small buissness view. its an extra 60$ per address, and you have to get every one of the accidental type ones too, where you misspell it a bit. 1 website could need 5+ domains. sure its easier to find/block/and all that crap, porn sites don't care, kids aren't paying them for it, its not like advertisements sustain porn sites (most) its that porn is already a industry that is large, but over saturated, and a hit movie sells more than 10000 copies. they dont have a whole hell of allot of money


    from what i know, adult actors/actresses are paid in the thousands, so i don't know whether a few hundred dollars are worth all this fuss...
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    hetneo , November 20, 2011 8:13 AM
    $60 may sound very little for developed business, even if they have to register dozen domains to include potentially mistyped ones, but forget for a moment that we are talking about porn industry and thing in terms of just industry. So here's what's the problem, why should an industry pay higher premium for regulatory body's attempt to regulate that industry more? Don't forget that idea is to phase out all non-.xxx porn sites. ICANN decided to create new TLD, which is in start bound to create more problems than fixes. And even if it only brought fixes to existing problems it's immoral and unethical from ICANN to charge it more than other comparable TLDs, in this case it's .com.

    I hope they win this one, because it will set positive precedent for future if ICANN attempts again something like this. Businesses shouldn't be forced to pay more to conform to new regulations in this way.
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    hetneo , November 20, 2011 8:22 AM
    ojasfrom what i know, adult actors/actresses are paid in the thousands, so i don't know whether a few hundred dollars are worth all this fuss...

    It's a matter of principles. Here's comparable situation, imagine that you have ticket for some seat in football stadium, you payed it something. Now comes security guard or who ever and tells you must buy a ticket on the stands across from yours, same quality seat, same view on field just seats are different color. And plus says you have to pay $40 or $50 more for that seat than you have payed for the one you are sitting in. Sounds fair?
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    JOSHSKORN , November 20, 2011 10:02 AM
    This should have been done already in 1994, WAY before the whole entire planet became sue happy about farting too loud.
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    krinkles619 , November 20, 2011 10:47 AM
    this is definitely relevant tech news
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    sublime2k , November 20, 2011 11:43 AM
    Why do you think it's Tom's hardware instead of software? ;) 
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    hoofhearted , November 20, 2011 11:52 AM
    Boohoohoo. A big company that makes a nice big profit is all of a sudden forced to give some dollars back to little guys. I know all the cyber squatters are scum, but they are usually someone who had the foresight to purchase the .xxx variant of some major adult .com.
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    Anonymous , November 20, 2011 2:11 PM
    The whole dotxxx business model is based on fear.

    The company running the scam (ICM registry) tells mainstream companies they must pay a $300 block fee or else the dotxxx version of their trademark will be used to direct surfers to pornographic content. That's what I call extortion.

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