Public Sale of XXX Domain Names Begins

Even after legal efforts are being made to stop the sale of domain names ending with .XXX, internet registries have opened them up for public sale. During the restricted sale period around 100,000 addresses have been bought and many sites have already come up in September.

Two biggest internet's pornography's firms accused the ICM Registry and filed suits for being "anti-competitive" as well as for creating "monopoly". ICM Registry defended its stand saying that the lawsuits do not have any merit and they will defend themselves against the accusations.

Pornographic firms Digital Playground and Manwin Licensing said that the plan to create .xxx domain extension has flaws and ICM Registry is abusing their position.

The two firms have filed suits against Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is responsible for overseeing web addresses and against ICM Registry, reported BBC.

This public sale of .xxx domain came after years of debate whether a web content address specifically for adults is needed or not. Stuart Lawley, chief executive at ICM Registry said, "It has been 10 years in the coming and today the floodgates are open."

"We would hope that the number of domains sold will more than double very quickly," he added.