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Fate of .xxx Porn Domain to Be Decided Friday

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A triple x domain for x-rate content.

Nine years ago there was talk of a .xxx domain specifically for porn and adult content. ICANN approved the domain in 2005 but reversed its decision in 2007 because of opposition from conservative groups.

The BBC today reports that the issue will once again be up for discussion this coming Friday; a recent independent review concluded that decision was unfair and the x-rated domain will be reconsidered on March 12.

"If the contract is signed, we could be selling names by the end of the year," the BBC quotes Stuart Lawley, chairman of ICM Registry, which put forward the plans for .xxx and would sell the domain names.

At first glance, it seems like a dream solution; employers and parents looking to put filtering in place can just block .xxx domains and be done with it. However, it's not all as simple as that. According to the Beeb, it's a voluntary thing. so if you're operating a porn site and you want to stick to .com, .org, .net, .co.uk or .ie, no one is going to force you to take up residence at a .xxx address.

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    dman3k , March 9, 2010 2:07 PM
    Jane is getting an .xxx domain on Friday.
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    the_krasno , March 9, 2010 2:34 PM
    JMcEntegartNobody wants to see that!!


    What about your fans? :p 

    Not that I wish to imply I want to see that site happen xD
  • 11 Hide
    insider3 , March 9, 2010 2:51 PM
    why not .cum
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    N.Broekhuijsen , March 9, 2010 1:53 PM
    what happened to all the sites that were shut down after 2007?
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    Arguggi , March 9, 2010 2:03 PM
    Who is going to buy .xxx domains when their so easy to be blocked?

    Epic Fail
  • 25 Hide
    dman3k , March 9, 2010 2:07 PM
    Jane is getting an .xxx domain on Friday.
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    timbo , March 9, 2010 2:07 PM
    Pr0n
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    tayb , March 9, 2010 2:09 PM
    Why would a website switch to .xxx if they already have an established .com domain? The only thing I can see happening is either 1. People buying a popular porn name with the .xxx domain or 2. Popular porn sites buying the .xxx domain of their current site and pointing it back to their regular site.

    Either way, unless you force all porn to have a .xxx domain I don't really see the point in this.
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    sandmanwn , March 9, 2010 2:13 PM
    I only wish they would make it a rule that they stayed in that domain set, otherwise it is useless. Would make it easier being an admin at a company and at home on the family computer. The internet is a complete mess now, a little organization to the stupidity is needed.
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    knowom , March 9, 2010 2:16 PM
    The government should step in and force porn sites to use a .xxx domain tho the likely hood of it is slim to none. Personally I could care less, but it would make it easier for schools, libraries, workplaces, and parents to block said sites and cut down on said smut from being accessed in the first place if they don't want it to be.
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    icepick314 , March 9, 2010 2:18 PM
    there goes another "www.whitehouse.com" fiasco....
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    the_krasno , March 9, 2010 2:21 PM
    dman3kJane is getting an .xxx domain on Friday.


    What an... honor?
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    timbo , March 9, 2010 2:23 PM
    Pr0n?
  • 8 Hide
    Anonymous , March 9, 2010 2:24 PM
    THE INTERNET IS FOR PORN!!!
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    zak_mckraken , March 9, 2010 2:26 PM
    Assuming porn sites are actually working to get customers, while at the same time accept being filtered by parents, public computers and the like, it's a win/win situation.

    Porn sites that try to voluntarily slip through filters deserve to get banned anyway.
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    Mr_Man , March 9, 2010 2:26 PM
    arguggiWho is going to buy .xxx domains when their so easy to be blocked?Epic Fail

    They'll be blocked by parents and others who wouldn't want them visited anyway. It's not like IPs are blocking them; it'll be a software/user decision.
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    JMcEntegart , March 9, 2010 2:27 PM
    dman3kJane is getting an .xxx domain on Friday.


    Nobody wants to see that!!
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    eyemaster , March 9, 2010 2:28 PM
    there should be a .xxx domain. It's nothing for well established websites to have redirects or aliases in the .com or former names to point to the new .xxx domain. Current subscribers won't miss a beat, won't even notice a difference.
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    the_krasno , March 9, 2010 2:34 PM
    JMcEntegartNobody wants to see that!!


    What about your fans? :p 

    Not that I wish to imply I want to see that site happen xD
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    sliem , March 9, 2010 2:35 PM
    Everybody, go to whitehouse.xxx
    lol.
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    dman3k , March 9, 2010 2:35 PM
    JMcEntegartNobody wants to see that!!
    Nobody says you can't put non-pornographic content on .xxx domains.

    I want "http://www.ha.xxx"
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    N19h7M4r3 , March 9, 2010 2:37 PM
    i think .xxx is just awesome lol... besides whats the diference in a site called www.adultentertainment.com or adultentertainment.xxx??? just that the second one looks much cooler lol xD
  • 11 Hide
    4ILY45 , March 9, 2010 2:38 PM
    JMcEntegartNobody wants to see that!!

    everyone does. rite fellas? XD LOL
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