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'XXX' suffix rejected

By Fortunesfool     Apr 1, 2007 in Internet
A plan to create a specialized .xxx suffix for adult entertainment Web sites has been rejected.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) rejected the proposal by ICM Registry by nine votes to five.
It was disappointed by the decision. "We are extremely disappointed by the board's action today," Stuart Lawley, chairman of ICM Registry, said Friday. "It is not supportable for any of the reasons articulated by the board."
It argued that the suffix would help protect younger users by clearly marking adult sites. Opponents argued that it would promote the growth of adult sites or else help governments isolate them in one part of the web.
Ultimately adult web-sites are a reality and are going to be no matter what regulatory moves are made. Accepting that reality, this proposal does seem to merit although it does have to be conceded that ICM would benefit commercially.
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