Adult industry is chuffed with .xxx rejection

Written by Wil Harris

May 15, 2006 | 13:44

Tags: #adult #adult-industry #adults-only #christian #domain #xxx

Companies: #icann

The adult industry and right-wing Americans make unlikely bedfellows, but both have joined in rejoicing at ICANN's final rejection of a .xxx domain registry.

ICANN has been pondering the idea of a .xxx domain for some time now, with numerous delays and queries over the process. Christian / right-wing groups suggested that it would make porn easier to find and more legitimate, whereas actually it should be stamped out.

Porn makers complained that it would diminish their trade and kill off all the marketing that they've done over the last few years.

Amusingly, despite fighting against each other over the ethics of porn, both sides were on the same side in this scrap. Does that really make sense?

Jonathan Robinson is the man who runs NetNames, one of the largest domain registrars in the UK. He told bit-tech that "ICANN is possibly hiding away from the truth and further political controversy - it is widely known that there is plenty of adult content on the Internet and one way to make a step in the right direction of ring fencing that content could have been with the .xxx domain name. The .xxx domain name may well have made it easier for web users to avoid, or locate online adult content.

It would also make it easier for parents and businesses to filter out potentially indecent content and prevent their children or employees from stumbling across it. There is nothing wrong with introducing additional suffixes that make it easier to segregate content."

Sounds like a fair appraisal to us. Would you have backed the .xxx domain or given it the boot as ICANN did? Let us know your thoughts over in the bit-tech forums.
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