Soon, Every Adult Site Would Have a .XXX Top Level Domain

Dot XXX logoThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the .XXX top-level domain (TLD) at March 18th, 2011. The “dot triple X” TLD is intended as a voluntary option for sexually explicit sites on the Internet.

Many (ICANN) board members spoke out about their votes. A couple stated they were concerned this decision will upset governments. Multiple board members said they voted in favor in part because if .xxx isn’t approved now then a .xxx will certainly be submitted and approved in the new TLD process. This .xxx would be unrestricted. (Domain Name Wire)

The registration fee for .XXX domain would be more expensive. ICM Registry said it would charge $60/year (Current .com domain registration fee is $10).

XXX domain is only available for the adult entertainment industry. The contract will require anyone registering a .XXX domain to complete an application process endorsed and overseen by the International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR).

What’s the benefits of .XXX domain?

With the restriction of .XXX contract, the porn site’s clients would be more protected from the risk of viruses, identity theft, credit card fraud and inadvertent exposure to child abuse images. It will also provide individuals and parents who wish to avoid adult entertainment sites the opportunity to filter out unwanted .XXX material.

[via multiple sources]

My two cents

Would porn sites register .XXX domain name? Yes.
Would porn sites still exists in other top-level domain (TLD)? Yes.

Adult entertainments sites won’t move to .XXX domain. They would register .XXX but still exist in other TLD. It is easy to block .XXX sites (I think Malaysia ISPs would block it first) but it doesn’t stop your kids from accessing porn from non-dot-XXX domain.

For me, it seems like ICANN approve the TLD in order to make more money from the adult entertainment sites. What do you think?

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12 thoughts on “Soon, Every Adult Site Would Have a .XXX Top Level Domain”

  1. In some countries, the TLD .xxx will be stricted blocked. So I don’t think much porn sites will choose to register with this domain. Do you agree with me ?

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