.xxx Porn Sites May Be Coming Soon

Icann to revisit proposal for adult domain name

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 9, 2010 6:49 AM CST | Updated Mar 9, 2010 7:24 AM CST

(Newser) – If your plans to buy www.johndoe.xxx were hopelessly derailed when Icann reversed a decision to start selling .xxx domain names, never fear: The Internet’s governing body is set to revisit that ruling. “If the contract is signed, we could be selling names by the end of the year,” says the chairman of the group that would sell the names. If you hadn’t yet guessed, the .xxx domain would be used for adult websites.

“Those that do want to see it can; those that don't can filter it out,” the chairman tells the BBC, although porn sites would not be barred from continuing to use other domains. Icann first approved the plan in 2005 but reversed the decision two years later when conservative groups complained; after an arbitration panel found that reversal unfair, Icann agreed to reconsider on March 12.

The Internet may soon offer .xxx domain names for porn sites.   (Shutter Stock)
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