ICANN Approves New Domain For Porn Sites

June 28th, 2010 - 8:13 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
site1June 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) The company which oversees web addresses has given green signal to establish a new suffix for websites that contain only pornographic materials. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) which looks into the domain names and categories, recently took the decision to create a .xxx domain category for pornographic online portals. However, the decision of the ICANN has attracted the ire of adult industry as well the Christian conservative lobby.

The ICANN had refused to accept the application by U.S. company ICM Registry to create a .xxx generic domain name similar to .com and .net, as many as three times in the past. The ICM Registry had been lobbying for the initiative for years now and has emphasized that if a separate domain name comes into play in case of pornographic material than filtering out material considered to be harmful of young viewers might become much easier. The company is likely to make a whopping $30 million per year from the new domain addresses.

The conditional approval to establish a different domain for pornography has not been welcomed by members of the adult film industry with sex industry lobby group Eros Foundation voicing their opposition against the decision taken by the ICANN. Fiona Patten, a spokesperson of the foundation has stated to news sources that pornographic industry at large is against a new domain being created, arguing that it would ‘ghettoise’ the adult film industry. Meanwhile, Lyle Shelton, a spokesperson of the Australian Christian Lobby has expressed that the group is opposing the decision as they feel it is a step towards giving legitimacy to pornographic industry.

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