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Sex websites to get .xxx addresses

Shane Richmond

Published 22/03/2011 | 10:02

The adult entertainment industry will be able to use web addresses that end .xxx after the new top level domain was approved.

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ICANN, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers, has been considering the .xxx domain for more than six years but gave its final approval after a meeting in San Francisco last week.

The decision has been a contentious one with strong disagreements between those in favour of the domain and those opposed to it.

Some in the adult industry are worried that the .xxx domain will ghettoise their content but anti-pornography groups opposed the decision too, arguing that it would make adult sites more visible.

In a statement [PDF link], ICANN said: “This decision represents a difficult, careful balance, weighing the extensive community advice both for and against the registry agreement.”

ICANN is the body appointed by the US government to oversee internet addresses. In 2004, ICANN decided that new top level domains would either be ICANN-controlled ‘generic’ domains or ‘sponsored’ domains run by a private organisation for the benefit of a specific online community.

The .xxx domain will be sponsored by ICM Registry. The next step will be for ICANN to sign an agreement with ICM to manage the new domain.

Telegraph.co.uk

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