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ICM Registry, which runs the controversial .xxx top-level domain, today revealed that it has applied to ICANN for the gTLDs .porn, .sex and .adult. The Florida-based company hopes to avoid "shakedown" accusations this time around - last year it faced severe criticism and a lawsuit when it raked in millions of dollars in …


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  1. Dave 126 Silver badge

    They've stolen our word 'Adult'...

    Does this mean we have to use the compound 'grown-up', when referring to things not childish or adolescent, if we wish not to be misinterpreted as talking about something erotic? We can't use the word 'mature', because that now seems to mean '40 years of age and older', rather than 15-24 years of age (dependant on context)?

    1. JakeyC

      ...and my planned site

      will now have to take on a whole new feel.

  2. James Micallef Silver badge

    Landgrab alert

    It's just for the money

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    215,000 .xxx domain names

    And all of them completely irrelevant. I haven't seen a single site on the xxx domain or any ads pointing to such domains during my onanistic surfing.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: 215,000 .xxx domain names

      I don't think the new gTLDs are live yet, but top marks for some dedicated research.

    2. John H Woods Silver badge

      Re: 215,000 .xxx domain names

      That's a lot of research to do single-handedly.

  4. Crisp

    Do we really need more top level domains?

    Surely there are enough! Or, lets go the whole hog and get rid of ICANN and just let everyone have their own top level domain.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Do we really need more top level domains?

      We seem to be moving in the direction of anything as a TLD. The happy outcome of that would be that defensive registrations wouldn't be necessary anymore.

      ... Brilliant idea just happened, I'm going to offer obscene defensive reg. pricing to all Scandinavian companies to protect <domainname>.bork.bork.bork

  5. 0_Flybert_0

    Watch This Futility

    all the new TLD are worthless except the for ICANN making money

    what ... makes ... anyone ... think ... Google ... will ... index ... them ... ?

  6. Alan Brown Silver badge

    Not to mention that some are already in use.

    ICANN isn't the only root in the world, just the most widely used.

    .xxx and several of the other TLDs were in happy use by Alternate roots for some time.

    Hopefully most credible companies will wise up to the scam before much longer.

  7. LinkOfHyrule

    Ask an .adult

    I hear that Blue Peter is setting up a new website for its model making projects that require the use of scissors and other tools that kiddies might need some assistance using...

    Is it really a good idea!?

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