Registry Set To Seek Permission To Use XXX Domains

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will be reviewing a petition filed by the ICN Registry in order to let adult entertainment websites use the .xxx domain instead of using the traditional .com suffix.

The proposal to allow adult websites to use .xxx in their domain names has stirred up controversy in the past and has again sparked debate among several child protection organisations and representatives of the adult entertainment industry.

According to CNET, the Family Research Council had strongly opposed the notion back in 2005 and had argued that pornographers will be given a free rein to invade homes and libraries by using the .xxx domain name.

Meanwhile, the ICN Registry had explained that by giving porn websites a chance to switch over to the proposed domain name, it will be easier to block these websites from homes and would allow easy classifications and easy identification of such sites.

Talking to CNET in a telephonic interview, ICM President Stuart Lawley said in a statement that “It would become the domain of choice for adult providers because of the benefits it would provide. The idea that this would be a universal panacea and cure-all for the issue adult content on the Web was never the intent.”

Our Comments

This will be the fourth time ICANN will be reviewing the issue as it has already rejected the proposal back in 2000, 2006 and 2007. Having a dedicated TLD for adult content would be a good idea as it would help define the limits and clean that market.

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