Businesses Complain of .xxx "Blackmail"

Kristina Rosette, a trademark lawyer at the law firm of Covington & Burling, told Reuters that many businesses feel that they're being blackmailed by ICM Registry to protect their brands and domain names from cybersqatters and typosquatters waiting to pounce on the upcoming triple-X porn domain.

According to Reuters, both porn and mainstream businesses alike are reportedly complaining that they're being forced into purchasing domain names they don't really want, need or use – all for the sake of preserving their brands. Even U.S.-based Hustler Magazine is griping about the required $200 to $300 reservation fee for each of its domain names – including Hustlertv.com, Hustlerclothing.com and Hustlerstore.com – and is not only refusing to pay, but insists that ICM Registry block the use of Hustler's brand free of charge.

ICM Registry claims that it has already received over 900,000 "expressions of interest" from companies that want to pre-register their trademarks or block others from snapping them up and reselling them back for an inflated fee. For a $200 to $300 fee, ICM Registry, which handles the upcoming .xxx Internet domain launching in December, will prevent companies from creating websites like coke.xxx, barbie.xxx, redcross.xxx, batman.xxx and even MTV.xxx.

The desperation to secure brands and domain names from being used on the porn-related domain is understandable. As an example, Budget Travel doesn't want potential customers entering its name into a search engine while planning a trip, and then pulling up "something inappropriate." MTV Networks is scrambling to secure all of its brands too including VH1, Comedy Central and even SpongeBob SquarePants.

Just imagine the damage that could be done when kids go looking for the popular talking sponge and pull up a different sponge of another sort linked a spongebob.xxx website. Even Warner Bros is facing the same situation with popular brands like Superman, Batman, Harry Potter, Looney Tunes and many others. The company must shell out a fee for each possible .xxx domain name that could be linked back to one of of its popular brands.

ICM Registry, the private company that is introducing .xxx, reportedly isn't keeping a dime of the $200 to $300 fee received by the companies. "We're doing it on a cost-recovery basis," said ICM Founder Stuart Lawley. We don't make a dime out of it." He added that the fees would serve to cover the cost of verifying the applicant's identity and trademark ownership. Still, many big companies own tens of thousands of web domain names – imagine shelling out a fee for each. Someone must be sitting on a mound of cash.

As previously mentioned, the biggest adversaries are the cybersquatters and the typosquatters. The former group will register well-known trademarks to either increase traffic to its websites, or to sell them back to the trademark owners at an incredibly inflated price. Typosquatters are similar, only that they register names with slight typographical errors (like dissney.com or cokes.com). The only way to regain control is to pay the hefty price (ransom), or take the domain name holder to court which could cost thousands of dollars.

Reportedly eighty-percent of the registrants so far have been outside the porn industry. Official registration doesn't even begin until September. Certain non-profit outfits like the Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee do not have to pay a fine because they fall under the ICANN's special protection rules.

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  • dogman_1234
    Rule 34: There is porn of it; no exception.
  • burnley14
    K-zonIt probably can be taken as blackmail, but of it the most is based on ideas of maybe something more common and practical. Like for the domains named to say, how often is it that say there is a place where you actually find that interest just for it to say a different other then different. Or barbie even to say as well either, How often would you buy a barbie for the interest? Not saying its not possible to say as well of course probably somewhere. But more times then none give or take despite many things, barbies is only naked the most where there no clothes for it. Barbie seems to be more on ideas of a fashioning place of statement for whatever reason. coke is coke, It doesnt contain cocaine anymore to say, but despite the fact though the name doesnt change, yes? At a time it might of had a use and maybe more fitting for the interest alone, but even then to say its probably not in that area of interest. So, whats the issue? Batman, usually is fighting crime and managing a multi-million dollar business, even though he has "gadgets" on his belt to say, of interest might be kinda placed somewhere in an interest of crime fighting usually not none for its place of it. But ya know, obviously the thought is probably there, but for anything else, is anyones else guess, yes? MTV, might think at times its there, but not for those interests many more times over probably. Experission has its place but of its ideas usually are within limits to what they actually mean. Otherwise to say it just probably wouldnt be just all racia (cant spell) is hard placed sometimes. For say the interest of issues, would be anyones guess. Music is music and usually it goes there for it, but to say that artist should be in lack of their experissions at times in why they would make music is anyones guess. But of it thuogh XXX? Idk, i know once and awhile ya know there complaints for some means of interest but still of it. How much more would there be? Why almost even ask, but when is presentation of issue, is kinda in lack. Or absence. The list could probably go on of course but still, not always, yes? Looney Tunes, well, ya know, as Looney as things may get something aren't so Looney after awhile. Or maybe so, and If so Looney would be anyones guess. But Looney tunes usually carries issues of Violence otherwise, why not add more? Guess would be the thought to it all. Many issues, thats for sure, and for sack of preservsation of them probably for what they would be, it would seem as if some interests maintain an incline of such for them. Obviously at times these things probably in lack of thought of course more then not, or lack of any thought to say work with for a thought , other then a "duh" or constant question. Idk.All is probably subjective and perspective of say issue but of it though not always. So what is the issue to say? Idk, some more then others, cause the thoughts there, but rather it is or not doesn't state it applies. You can say guess all day long, but of more things then not that probably have many questions to them, why make more of an issue from something that is already one? But hey ya know, the issues of issues only seem to be conflicting at times, rather they are or not, yes? Mostly based on interest of course. Usually an issue probably is in lack or absence of interest but sometimes an interest finds its place, yes? Idk, though, usually all takes money, and I usually have little of it. Probably don't seem like it alot of times, cause probably more then not when its there its gone. Yes? Literacy is interesting but usually not fitting, yes? Maybe illiteracy to say finds its place of interest for it the most, but probably would make the most of it as well for where that would be rather of say ill or not. Like Absense for the word lack, probably finds a more fitting place, but not maybe even the best place for it. Idk, what too comment on the most, this is the part i like the most with many things since im probably most absent from these. But ya know to aid in on making sense is anyones guess of what that might actually be though too. Idk, all i can think of though. When boiled down probably isn't much. These are probably the comments in most interest, but ya know, I'll have to still think on those for whatever reason. But there might be one there if what said isn't a comment.


    Uhh . . . wow. I don't think even you could understand what you just wrote.
  • house70
    @k-zon

    dude, you again? please, take your pills...
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  • dogman_1234
    Rule 34: There is porn of it; no exception.
  • RazberyBandit
    The same thing happens every time a new domain suffix is made available. It's happened with .biz, .info, .tv, and numerous other suffixes as they were released or made publicly available by a country.

    As well-established as the porn industry happens to already be on the web, I honestly don't see the need for a .xxx suffix at all.
  • K-zon
    It probably can be taken as blackmail, but of it the most is based on ideas of maybe something more common and practical.

    Like for the domains named to say, how often is it that say there is a place where you actually find that interest just for it to say a different other then different.

    Or barbie even to say as well either, How often would you buy a barbie for the interest? Not saying its not possible to say as well of course probably somewhere. But more times then none give or take despite many things, barbies is only naked the most where there no clothes for it. Barbie seems to be more on ideas of a fashioning place of statement for whatever reason.
    coke is coke, It doesnt contain cocaine anymore to say, but despite the fact though the name doesnt change, yes? At a time it might of had a use and maybe more fitting for the interest alone, but even then to say its probably not in that area of interest. So, whats the issue?

    Batman, usually is fighting crime and managing a multi-million dollar business, even though he has "gadgets" on his belt to say, of interest might be kinda placed somewhere in an interest of crime fighting usually not none for its place of it. But ya know, obviously the thought is probably there, but for anything else, is anyones else guess, yes?

    MTV, might think at times its there, but not for those interests many more times over probably. Experission has its place but of its ideas usually are within limits to what they actually mean. Otherwise to say it just probably wouldnt be just all racia (cant spell) is hard placed sometimes. For say the interest of issues, would be anyones guess. Music is music and usually it goes there for it, but to say that artist should be in lack of their experissions at times in why they would make music is anyones guess. But of it thuogh XXX? Idk, i know once and awhile ya know there complaints for some means of interest but still of it. How much more would there be? Why almost even ask, but when is presentation of issue, is kinda in lack. Or absence.

    The list could probably go on of course but still, not always, yes? Looney Tunes, well, ya know, as Looney as things may get something aren't so Looney after awhile. Or maybe so, and If so Looney would be anyones guess. But Looney tunes usually carries issues of Violence otherwise, why not add more? Guess would be the thought to it all.

    Many issues, thats for sure, and for sack of preservsation of them probably for what they would be, it would seem as if some interests maintain an incline of such for them. Obviously at times these things probably in lack of thought of course more then not, or lack of any thought to say work with for a thought , other then a "duh" or constant question. Idk.

    All is probably subjective and perspective of say issue but of it though not always. So what is the issue to say? Idk, some more then others, cause the thoughts there, but rather it is or not doesn't state it applies.

    You can say guess all day long, but of more things then not that probably have many questions to them, why make more of an issue from something that is already one? But hey ya know, the issues of issues only seem to be conflicting at times, rather they are or not, yes? Mostly based on interest of course. Usually an issue probably is in lack or absence of interest but sometimes an interest finds its place, yes?

    Idk, though, usually all takes money, and I usually have little of it. Probably don't seem like it alot of times, cause probably more then not when its there its gone. Yes? Literacy is interesting but usually not fitting, yes? Maybe illiteracy to say finds its place of interest for it the most, but probably would make the most of it as well for where that would be rather of say ill or not. Like Absense for the word lack, probably finds a more fitting place, but not maybe even the best place for it.

    Idk, what too comment on the most, this is the part i like the most with many things since im probably most absent from these. But ya know to aid in on making sense is anyones guess of what that might actually be though too. Idk, all i can think of though. When boiled down probably isn't much. These are probably the comments in most interest, but ya know, I'll have to still think on those for whatever reason. But there might be one there if what said isn't a comment.