ICANN board approves .xxx TLD for pornography

By on March 19, 2011, 1:10 PM
At an annual meeting held in San Francisco, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Board of Directors has approved the .xxx sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) with the ICM Registry. The .xxx TLD is meant for pornographic websites, and has been on the table for 11 years. In the final vote, nine ICANN board members voted in favor, while three opposed, and four abstained, according to Ars Technica.

Many board members spoke out about their votes. Some were concerned this decision will upset governments. Others said they voted in favor in part because if .xxx isn't approved now then it will certainly be submitted and approved in the new TLD process, which would make it unrestricted (this vote makes it limited to the adult industry).

The .xxx TLD will be a huge cause for controversy in the next few months. Many countries will likely outright ban it. In others, it will be a huge gold rush given the size of the pornography industry and its adoption of the Web.

For more information, you can read the 20-page PDF document titled 18 March 2011 Draft Rationale for Approving Registry Agreement with ICM's for .XXX sTLD.





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Punkid said:

i think its a good move...itll make easier for people (parents) to block porno websites (if they ALL move to the new TLD ) ....also itll make easier for perverts to find what they need :P

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

And don't forget to install your >>FREE<<< copy of "Google Chrome" before visiting an ".xxx" site. Wouldn't want you to be there alone.

Lurker101 said:

I just can't understand why this took 11 years to happen.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I just can't understand why this took 11 years to happen.
In matters such as this, it always helps to remember this adage, "a camel is a horse made by a committee"! (And rather obviously, the committee took quite a bit of time to think about it first)...

matrix86 matrix86 said:

captaincranky said:

I just can't understand why this took 11 years to happen.
In matters such as this, it always helps to remember this adage, "a camel is a horse made by a committee"! (And rather obviously, the committee took quite a bit of time to think about it first)...

Indeed, but I think the biggest issue is that they kept getting distracted *wink wink*

Guest said:

What would happen to fringe cases ?

For example, a photogallery that might feature some nudity.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

What would happen to fringe cases ?

For example, a photogallery that might feature some nudity.

Gee, the difference between "art" and "pornography", that seems like a topic that will be solved really, really not soon. IMHO, art is either side or 3/4 back lit, while porn is lit from the front. Your results, (and opinion), may vary.

Moving on, perhaps we should call in the camel to mediate the discussion.

Nima304 said:

This is great. Makes it easier for everyone.

"No, mom, RANDOMWEBSITE.xxx isn't porn! It's for a school project!"

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

This is great. Makes it easier for everyone.

"No, mom, RANDOMWEBSITE.xxx isn't porn! It's for a school project!"

Super, now we can go back to telling the kids the truth about how, "it's the stork that brings the babies".

Guest said:

But mom, I was just doing research.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Four abstained, lol.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I think it is going the right way, so companies, education systems, parents, and... well anyone who want will be rather easy to block or filter ONLY IF pornographic sites are forced to use the .xxx.

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Jesse Jesse said:

Guest said:

What would happen to fringe cases ?

For example, a photogallery that might feature some nudity.

This doesn't mean that all porn sites need to move to .xxx. In fact, i doubt most established ones will. They will probably register their respective domains to preserve their intellectual property, though.

TeamworkGuy2 said:

Unfortunately this probably won't help anybody since some sites will remain on their current domain name and may take up residence on a .xxx zone this means children are no safer since the internet is unregulated and there will always be sites in the .com zone.

Final thought, nothing fixed...

Rasta211 said:

I vote in favour of the .xxx domain.

Search engine for this domain should be interesting.

treetops treetops said:

future sites will use the xxx, so yeah we wont see a big impact until a few years. porn site come and go. the new ones will be .xxx

war59312 said:

Punkid said:

i think its a good move...itll make easier for people (parents) to block porno websites (if they ALL move to the new TLD ) ....also itll make easier for perverts to find what they need :P

That's just it though, they are NOT required to move to .xxx domain names. 100% optional!

What will be easier, is to sell crap software to dumb parents who think because they block all .xxx domain names that now all porn sites are blocked, you know, just because all the software that will come out soon claims to.

In fact I am willing to bet it's going to make it harder.

At least at first anyways.

onzfeat said:

justin bieber is most dangerous thing on the planet. porno? sexual education i will say

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

justin bieber is most dangerous thing on the planet. porno? sexual education i will say
No, Justin Beiber is the most insipid thing on the planet, although he is almost rivaled by James Blunt singing, "You're so Beautiful".

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Rebecca Black has them both beat.

(You'll be tempted, but don't listen to it- you'll never get those minutes back)

So much for the "evolution" thing. I give it four generations before humans sit around picking ticks out of each others hair while bitching about how the goats are getting all the best jobs

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Talk about Humiliating Images on the Web.....

So much for the "evolution" thing. I give it four generations before humans sit around picking ticks out of each others hair while bitching about how the goats are getting all the best jobs

I fear the de-evolution process has already begun. At the forefront of my suspicions is that some of the women in the "art photography" venue have begun to sport a bit more body hair, and by what seems like popular demand. And so it begins, preparing a home for the ticks, in prelude to heralding their arrival.. I firmly believe that shaving body hair should be a mandatory step in the, "have her washed and brought to my tent" protocol. Now I sit around muttering things like, "with all that hair on her a**, I bet she'd go over big with a neanderthal hunting party"....

Oh dear, I sincerely hope that I/we haven't offended anybody....(else)......:p

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

Hah!, With our luck this is what the budding Arbiter of Public Morality looks like

yRaz yRaz said:

dividebyzero said:

Hah!, With our luck this is what the budding Arbiter of Public Morality looks like

I'd hit it

Guest said:

A few domains, like .mil, .gov or .edu are controlled to who can register. Most domains are self determined like .com or .org. This new domain will be like the latter. There is no requirement for anyone to register or change their domain to .xxx. This is a signpost for people looking for content. I wouldn't be surprised to see churches and other conservative groups registering .xxx domains and redirecting the traffic. This should be interesting.

Guest said:

i want a ".milf" domain pls!!!

treetops treetops said:

I'd hit it

"Any lovins good lovin" -Overdrive Bachman-Turner

well as long as your not tied to a pole in a roman coliseum

or part of a donkey show

maybe he should have said its better to give then receive

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

hmm; while it would take manual effort to achieve, the DNS could easily

redirect (assuming abc.com is pure porn) abc.com => abc.xxx and thus

force abc.xxx to be registered to get any hits.

yea, it's terribly parochial but would be effective :giggle:

as for the boundary cases (http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic162666.html#7),

the above also forces a black/white segregation if either were to get any service.

too altruistic isn't it!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Shock and Awe........ New Posting Horizons.....

Hah!, With our luck this is what the budding Arbiter of Public Morality looks like
I'm speechless! Well, other than to say, "whoops, you did it again"! And even with that, I'd just be paraphrasing Britney Spears, (Or perhaps her pregnant little sister).

Then again, I suppose if "she" were willing to throw on a pair of "stayups", that might put me at least close to the mood....:

I'd hit it
Aw shoot, you're all thinkin' that "it's" a natural blond. Get back to us after it's had a half dozen kids and gained 2 or 3 hundred pounds.

My motto is, "I stand tall in the face of adversity, but then again, sometimes adversity wins"!

At last, a guest with a highly developed AND chauvinistic sense of humor......:

i want a ".milf" domain pls!!!
Although, why place artificial limits on yourself? Personally I'm going to lobby for, ".skank"...

"Any lovins good lovin" -Overdrive Bachman-Turner

well as long as your not tied to a pole in a roman coliseum

or part of a donkey show

maybe he should have said its better to give then receive

In my hood, that "dewy eyed young thinglet" would have raven hair, and tip the scales at 300+ pounds. Let me assure you, the best course of action is to run. Forget about weighting the relative moral paradox of giving or receiving, just hightail it out of there.

As to the donkey show, 'hey, you only live once"...!

With all my feeble attempts at talking you out of it aside, I say, "if you could find it, go for ii...!

A few domains, like .mil, .gov or .edu are controlled to who can register. Most domains are self determined like .com or .org. This new domain will be like the latter. There is no requirement for anyone to register or change their domain to .xxx. This is a signpost for people looking for content. I wouldn't be surprised to see churches and other conservative groups registering .xxx domains and redirecting the traffic. This should be interesting.
So you're saying that a "right to life" group might do well to register as ".xxx", and begin lobbying so that porn stars will not be permitted to employ birth control measures? Well, except for the obvious natural means.

hmm; while it would take manual effort to achieve, the DNS could easily

redirect (assuming abc.com is pure porn) abc.com => abc.xxx and thus

force abc.xxx to be registered to get any hits.

yea, it's terribly parochial but would be effective :giggle:

as for the boundary cases (http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic162666.html#7),

the above also forces a black/white segregation if either were to get any service.

too altruistic isn't it!

Jobeard, you wax nostalgic. Or do you.......

stewi0001 stewi0001 said:

I hate porn but I do agree with others on the benifits of contorl. I would also hope that porn sites are forced to have .xxx and not allowed to have anything else. That would help big time on the contorl what your kids see factor.

treetops treetops said:

In my hood, that "dewy eyed young thinglet" would have raven hair, and tip the scales at 300+ pounds. Let me assure you, the best course of action is to run. Forget about weighting the relative moral paradox of giving or receiving, just hightail it out of there.

As to the donkey show, 'hey, you only live once"...!

With all my feeble attempts at talking you out of it aside, I say, "if you could find it, go for ii...!

Heck I tried to run but when I get a knock at 3am on my window who am I to resist?

Guest said:

very good move for blocking porn sites at public places like offices, university labs, libraries, some US government offices :D on children pcs and also at etc.

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