Penn-State-Buys-XXX-WebsitesIn what Penn State University is calling a purely preventative strategy, the school has purchased multiple .XXX domains containing words, acronyms and phrases used in their branding. PSU.xxx, PennState.xxx, NittanyLions.xxx and ThePennsylvaniaStateUniversity.xxx were purchased for $200 each in hopes of keeping adult industry webmasters from using other associated web addresses. ICANN had allowed certain organizations, including colleges, to purchase .XXX domains before the public for this very reason.

The news may not come as too big of a shock to the adult industry, which also was allowed first dibs on branded URLs. Although, news of these .XXX purchases comes at a horrible time for Penn State University. Fox News published a short article focusing on these domains, and supplemented it further with yet another summary of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. It seems the media is not going to be happy until PSU is forever known as the most scandalous University in America.

Penn State’s preventative measures may seem well planned, but we adult industry webmasters known a thing-er-two about how to get around such tactics. The purchase of NittanyLions.xxx may stop us from creating URLs such as NittanyLionGirls.xxx, but it does not take PennLionGirls.xxx out of the realm of possibilities. Addresses like PennsylvaniaStateUndies.xxx, PeeSU.xxx, and PussyStateUniversity.xxx will eventually appear on the wondrous web.

India-Blocks-XXXThe Adult Industry’s fears concerning ICANN’s recent approval of the top level “.XXX” domain seem to be coming true. The Indian government has boldly stated their plans to block all access to “.XXX” web addresses. According to The Indian Technology Act of 2001, “Whoever publishes or transmits or causes to be published or transmitted in the electronic form any material which contains sexually explicit act or conduct shall be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years and with fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees [approx. US$20,833] and in the event of second or subsequent conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years and also with fine which may extend to ten lakh rupees.”

Extended fears include Adult websites being forced to give up their “.com” or “.net” addresses for exclusive “.xxx” properties. Of course, such a thing would make censoring all adult materials much easier for more sexually conservative governments. None the less, not everyone is convinced India’s bark has much bite included. Opinions of The Indian Technology Act’s section 67 vary greatly from firmly believing in the negative hype, to thinking it’s rulings are nothing more than a mockery.

“India along with many other countries from the Middle East and Indonesia opposed the grant of the domain in the first place, and we would proceed to block the whole domain, as it goes against the IT Act and Indian laws,” an unidentified “senior official” at the Indian Ministry of Internet Technology told the Economic Times. “Though some people have said that segregation is better, and some countries allow it, for other nations transmission and direct distribution of such content goes against their morals and culture.” – AVN

ICANNThere’s a new red light district being created – just for the web.

On Friday, the the non-profit group in charge of internet addresses approved a movement to add the internet domain “.xxx” to a list of “generic top level domains” – similar to those those that end in .com, .net or .edu.

The move by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which has been in the works since the board voted against it in 2007, was a point of contention for adult entertainment webbies who claimed that the new domain adds additional financial pressure to register new domain names.

Many other detractors – including the Obama administration – are concerned the new domain is opening up the door for censorship, especially in foreign countries. The United States has to date generally held the position of not intervening with the web, to avoid stifling growth and development…

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Pornography will have its own top-level domain, dot-XXX, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided Friday.

The proposal was made under ICANN’s rules for “sponsored” TLDs, through which domains have been created by interest groups including the aeronautical industry (dot-aero) and the cooperative movement (dot-coop).

ICM Registry, the company that proposed the dot-XXX domain, welcomed the vote.

“It’s been a long time coming,” ICM Chairman Stuart Lawley said in a statement, adding that he is “excited” by the move.

“The decision should soon bring to fruition our six-year effort to create a specific Web address for online adult entertainment, and comes on the heels of an independent review that declared that ICANN’s previous decision to deny dot-xxx was wrong,” he said.

ICM Registry says it is a “completely independent entity with no affiliation, current or historic, with the adult entertainment industry.” Read the rest of this entry »

ICANN Debates .xxx

ICANN has deferred a decision for at least 70 days on whether to create the “.xxx” domain name as an online red-light district.

The board of ICANN – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers – has given its chief executive and chief lawyer two weeks to recommend options for the agency to handle the controversial issue. ICANN, which was meeting in Kenya, oversees the allocation of Internet addresses globally.

The .xxx domain campaign has seen three strikes already from ICANN. If denied again after the 70 day layover, this would be the fourth. “.xxx” is a proposed top-level domain (TLD) intended as a voluntary option for sexually explicit sites on the Internet. The name is inspired by the former MPAA and BBFC “X” rating, now commonly applied to pornographic movies as “XXX”. ICANN announced in June 1, 2005 that .xxx would become a sponsored top-level domain similar to .aero, .travel, etc. but it was never implemented. On May 10, 2006, ICANN reversed its decision, and on March 30, 2007, ICANN rejected the .xxx proposal a third time.

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SEOUL, South Korea — The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted to allow non-Roman characters into web addresses, but it won’t be cheap.

ICANN voted in Seoul, South Korea, this week to approve the measure, which will open up the web to the “100,000 characters of world languages” that haven’t been supported all this time.

But acquiring a non-Roman URL won’t be as easy as typing a few words into GoDaddy.com. Registries that choose to offer the unique URLs will have to pay ICANN $26,000 up front and contribute money annually. Registries that move a lot of volume will be expected to give 3 percent of their money to ICANN every year, while smaller companies will only have to give 1 percent.

The measure marks a sea-change in how the Internet works. To date, Internet servers have only been able to interpret URLs that include the 26 letters of the English alphabet, as well as the numbers 0-9 and the hyphen. That will change as all servers will have to add support for characters from dozens of new languages, including Arabic, Persian, Russian, Hindi, Greek, Korean, Hebrew, Japanese, Tamil, and both simplified and traditional Chinese.

In addition, ICANN set plans to launch a process called Fast Track that will give governments the power to reserve top-level domains (TLDs) in their own language. TLDs are also known as the suffixes to web addresses, such as “.com” or “.net.”

The Fast Track process launches on Nov. 16. ICANN expects to approve the first non-Roman URLs by the middle of 2010.

But will these new URLs be a boon for online hooligans? Spammers might be able to exploit this new option to buy phony domains that look like larger domains. For example, a phisher could simply add a non-Roman character to a common domain like Google.com and wind up with a web address that not only looks like Google at a glance, but that also has a dot-com ending.