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.XXX Domains Are Live

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It’s been a long time coming, but the first .xxx domains are officially live.

It’s taken over a decade but the first .xxx domains are finally live and accessible to the web-surfing public. One month after ICANN announced it would allow .xxx domains the same rights as .com, .org and other top level domains, a handful of .xxx websites have gone live. ICM Registry, the company behind the .xxx registry, has nabbed three of the more obvious URLs, sex.xxx, porn.xxx, and xxx.xxx, and is using them as educational websites to teach people about ICM and the .xxx domain.

As a registry operator, ICM Registry will provide management, supporting infrastructure and back-end functionality for .xxx domains. However, while ICM is eager to create and maintain a domain specifically for adult or x-rated content, the industry it’s attempting to target has reservations about the x-rated URLs. One of the drawbacks of .xxx domains is that it will be easier for schools and businesses to block pornography. If pornography is so easily blocked, the adult industry fears it may suffer as a result.

Despite .xxx being voluntary, companies face an awkward decision regarding the new registry: Say an adult entertainment company doesn’t want a cyber-squatter sitting on the .xxx version of their website, but also doesn’t want to endure the easily-blocked nature of a .xxx website. The obvious answer would be to purchase the .xxx domain and simply not use it. However, companies (or countries) blocking .xxx domains could cross-reference those illicit URLs with regular .com or .org addresses and block those versions too.

The initial launch of .xxx will happen in three ‘sunrise’ phases during which trademark holders and porn webmasters can secure their .xxx domains. The Register reports that this while all of this won’t start until September, general availability could come as soon as November and “certain ‘Founder’ sites at premium domains could go live in as little as a few weeks from now.”

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    flamethrower205 , April 19, 2011 4:10 AM
    Eh, doubt it'll stick that much. People don't like the address being so obvious.
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    falchard , April 19, 2011 4:42 AM
    I already reserved my website SugarAndCream.xxx
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    bustapr , April 19, 2011 4:50 AM
    tried them out, theyre not live yet, theres just the same .xxx domain page in all the sites.
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    bustapr , April 19, 2011 4:51 AM
    damn, steam sure takes its time decrypting portal 2 XD
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    alidan , April 19, 2011 4:53 AM
    i should buy up a bunch of urls with .xxx and than auction them off one by one.
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2011 5:04 AM
    What is the point of .xxx? The names for porn sites aren't exactly going to be used by .coms, now are they? This is the dumbest thing in the history of internet legislation. The more top-level domains, the worse the internet gets.
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    c_stec , April 19, 2011 5:43 AM
    bustaprdamn, steam sure takes its time decrypting portal 2 XD

    I'm in the exact same boat. Only at 32%. Anywho, on a more related note, I don't think these will become a big deal.
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    AltPluzF4 , April 19, 2011 6:10 AM
    "One of the drawbacks of .xxx domains is that it will be easier for schools and businesses to block pornography"
    Funny quote.

    Anyway, this clearly won't hurt anything, since it's optional to use a .xxx domain. The entire concept of .xxx domains would only work if there was a global agreement upon the human population to use it as a way to keep minors from illicit content. However, that's a "perfect world" which will never be. So this is nothing more than a wasted effort. Any pornographic content will be and can be easily bypassed on filters, especially since you can use trusted sites with server-side scripting to pull content from blocked sites. Such as web proxies... when I was in school, I bypassed anything I wanted simply by using a web proxy. Filters can't block those without knowing every one available.

    In summary; I think this is pointless, and an unintended side-affect that I see is forums that censor links by replacing the .com with .xxx; I suspect that spammers will search for these, register the domains, and use it as a way to trick people into visiting their content.
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2011 8:34 AM
    "As a registry operator, ICM Registry will provide management, supporting infrastructure and back-end functionality for .xxx domains."

    Having trouble suppressing the Beavis and Butthead snickers...
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2011 8:55 AM
    The XXX extension will have no affect on adult Dotcom websites; adult Dotcoms will remain unchanged. Furthermore, with so much adverse publicity - including threats by Governments to block XXX country by country - many will look to avoid the XXX webspace completely. For those compelled to reserve domains defensively, it's likely that anonymity will be required as names get set as Unresolvable and/or Unknown. The outcome? Perhaps a mass of "For Sale" signs by speculators looking to offload their XXX investments.

    All ICANN has done here is to openly advance fragmentation of the Web and encourage people to find new ways of making the most of their surfing experience. The result is that Internet users are now bypassing ICANN to create their own unique, memorable and personalised range of brand new Dashcom Domains and TLDs, totally free.

    Sites such as Dashworlds.com now provide brand new Dashcom (not Dotcom) domain names. Dashcoms are addresses in format "travel-com", "hard-ware", "stock-market" (and of course any XXX your heart might desire). Totally outside the realm and control of ICANN, Internet users can create any domain or TLD in any language, instantly and at no cost.

    With users and members in over 90 countries worldwide, resolution is via an APP; although new ISP Links are available to make this unnecessary (ISP Links that are also available to ICANN).

    Having just one Internet floating in infinite cyberspace is like saying you can go anywhere in the USA as long as you only use route 66. So now, just as in the USA (and everywhere else in the world) the Internet has more than one option.
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    irtehyar , April 19, 2011 1:01 PM
    "It’s been a long time coming, but the first .xxx domains are officially live."

    I see what you did there.
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    redraider89 , April 19, 2011 1:05 PM
    This is a very stupid idea and completely unnecessary. It's not like pornographic sites are unable to have sites unless this was created. That is why it is idiotic and unnecessary. Since they have it, the need to require that pornographic sites use it and reserve the others for legitimate businesses, organizations, and uses. After all, it's obvious that EVEN THE PORNOGRAPHERS don't want to use this. It's just plain stupid. What a waste of time and money.
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    NuclearShadow , April 19, 2011 2:11 PM
    I have a question about this. Since the existing sites are not forced to make the switch this leaves all other domains still usable for them.
    So if that is the case would it not be only fair not to allow non adult content sites to take the .xxx domain names? I can only speak for myself but I certainly would find enjoyment of my personal sites being under .xxx .
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    sticks435 , April 19, 2011 2:24 PM
    Internet DoctorWhat is the point of .xxx? The names for porn sites aren't exactly going to be used by .coms, now are they? This is the dumbest thing in the history of internet legislation. The more top-level domains, the worse the internet gets.

    You do remember the whole "whitehouse.com" thing right? That was a porn site, and I can guarantee you they did it just for that very reason. So yes, I can see where the names of porn sites could be used by legitimate company's.
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    5teviewonders , April 19, 2011 2:50 PM
    I don't think the sites being easier to block will effect the industry at all. Most people don't wank off at work or in school.
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    hixbot , April 19, 2011 3:32 PM
    Who will buy up tomshardware.xxx?
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    Anonymous , April 19, 2011 3:44 PM
    in theory it's a good idea, if executed correctly and with proper site accreditation, folks who want to procure such content can do so without fear of having their credit cards run through the cleaners

    in reality, no one really pays for this....
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    cookoy , April 19, 2011 3:48 PM
    how about facebook.xxx for registered sex offenders?
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    gm0n3y , April 19, 2011 4:55 PM
    Quote:
    The obvious answer would be to purchase the .xxx domain and simply not use it. However, companies (or countries) blocking .xxx domains could cross-reference those illicit URLs with regular .com or .org addresses and block those versions too.

    That makes no sense. So if I register google.xxx, then the country will block google.com? They can't just take every .xxx registered site and block the .com version.
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    gm0n3y , April 19, 2011 5:02 PM
    hixbotWho will buy up tomshardware.xxx?

    I actually tried to register a bunch of .xxx domains and apparently only people with existing approved porn sites will be allowed to register .xxx domains for the time being.
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