ICANN Board rejects .XXX domain application
Post by websitegear on
Apr 3, 2007 10:30:23 AM CST
On March 30, 2007, The Board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICAAN) rejected the proposal for an adult only top level domain (TLD) with .XXX as the domain name extension.
The use of the domain name extension .XXX was proposed by ICM Registry, LLC (ICM) back in March 2004. The proposal was based on registering adult content and pornographic websites under the .XXX TLD for $75 per year fee. Moving all adult content to a separate domain name extension would ease filtering adult content from minors and underage internet users by parents. The application from ICM went under review in middle of June 2005, and negotiations began with ICM regarding the implementation and technical terms related to the .XXX domain.
Finally, the ICANN board members rejected the proposal sighting issues with content regulations because the definition of pornography varies by jurisdictions. On the other side, religious leaders have feared that this would lead to legalization and expansion of adult websites. Adult website owners have also protested against such an exclusive extension, making their websites pushed into a secluded "red-light internet area".
Meeting Minutes from ICANN Board Meeting