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Aug 08 2010

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ICANN OKs .XXX Domain Name for Porn Sites

MARINA DEL REY, Calif.—During a Thursday teleconference, the board of directors for the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers resolved to allow ICM Registry’s application to establish and administer the dot-xxx adult-content-specific sponsored Top Level Domain to move forward toward approval.

In its entirety, the resolution reads:

Whereas, ICANN’s General Counsel has completed the expedited due diligence regarding ICM Registry, as directed by the Board, and has concluded that ICM has represented that its Application for the .XXX sTLD is still current and that there have been no negative changes in ICM’s qualifications. 

 

Whereas, ICANN Staff is in consultation with ICM on a new proposed registry agreement for the .XXX sTLD and expects to receive a finalized proposal from ICM.

RESOLVED (2010.08.05.21), upon receipt of ICM’s application documentation, ICANN Staff is authorized to post ICM’s supporting documents and proposed registry agreement for the .XXX sTLD for public comment for a period of no less than 30 days.

RESOLVED (2010.08.05.22), upon completion of public comment period, ICANN Staff shall provide the Board with a summary of the public comments and shall make a recommendation to the Board as to whether the proposed registry agreement for the .XXX sTLD is consistent with GAC advice.

RESOLVED (2010.08.05.23), once the Board has received the above public comment summary and recommendation from the ICANN Staff regarding the proposed registry agreement for the .XXX sTLD, the Board shall at its next possible meeting, consider this recommendation, and determine, consistent with the ICANN Bylaws, whether a GAC consultation shall be required.

On Friday, ICANN spokeswoman Michele Jourdan told AVN the board expects to post the most current ICM documents and open a 30-day public comment period “within the next few days.” She apologized for being unable to provide a more precise timeframe.

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Porn sites may soon be able to tag themselves with a .xxx address now that ICANN has given the new domain name its initial OK.

After denying several requests over the years for a new .xxx top-level domain, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) finally relented Friday by giving the new domain its conditional approval.

ICM Registry, which would manage and sell the new domain name to porn sites, has waged a long struggle to get .xxx accepted by ICANN as a top-level domain, only to get a thumb’s down at each turn. ICM’s Chairman Stuart Lawley has consistently touted the .xxx domain as a way to segregate and safely filter out adult entertainment sites. However, conservative groups have in the past lobbied Washington and reportedly pressured ICANN to deny the request.

 

 

But after acknowledging that its refusal to accept .xxx was “not consistent with the application of neutral, objective, and fair documented policy,” ICANN agreed to review the proposal once again, according to the Associated Press.

On the ICM Web site, Lawley said of ICANN’s decision: “It’s been a long time coming, but I’m excited about the fact that .xxx will soon become a reality. This is great news.” Lawley added that the decision brings to fruition a 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 .xxx was wrong.

Though ICM is declaring victory, ICANN’s final and official approval of the new domain is not quite a done deal yet and faces some red tape that could delay the new domain’s debut.

In an e-mail to CNET, Lawley said ICANN agreed Friday to check his company’s financial and technical ability to run the new registry, which he claimed is a simple exercise. The next step, according to Lawley, would be to negotiate a contract that takes into account recommendations from the Government Advisory Committee, which advises ICANN on issues of public policy. Then the matter would go to ICANN’s board for final approval. Lawley said he’s hopeful that ICANN will sign the final contract at its next board meeting in October, clearing the way to go live with .xxx domains at the start of next year.

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