xxx Domain Names

By Melissa Smich on July 29, 2010 In Internet and Online Business





Domain names with a .xxx suffix at the end (where.net,.com,.co.UK usually goes) has recently passed as a legal domain name. A British entrepreneur expects to make $200 million from registering out the domain names to pornography sites around the globe. The man plans to hire out each domain name for $60 a go.

People for Internet porn and against it are happy with the new domain suffix. Those against it want to be able to block it totally from their view which is simple by just blocking the.xxx domain. People for it will now know which sites contain what they’re looking for. Whereas before they all had normal suffixes like.com.

With so many sites ending in.com from car sites to porn sites, it’s easy for people to be tricked into viewing pornography. With a.xxx domain name they will always know. It’s not quite available yet but is expected to be so by the end of this calendar year. Sites have already started registering multiple.xxx domain names in anticipation of this massive shift in the industry.

The British man has stated that support in the industry could not be stronger and 8000 owners of adult sites have put forth their names in support of the scheme. Some religious groups though have opposed the scheme because it legitimizes porn and giving it its own domain names makes it seem acceptable.

Another benefit of this scheme is that filtering in schools will become easier. But on the other hand, in the land of freedom that is the Internet nowadays, there is always ways to get around it and filtering will never work 100%. If someone hosts pornographic material on a free hosting site for example, or sends it over MSN messenger, there is no real way to block this from happening.

A small minority of adult porn sites are against the move because they feel that the government may enforce strict regulations and actually enforce them to move to the new.xxx address. This would ruin their search engine rankings and reputation they’ve built up over time. Someone might have already registered the address that they were seeking and their brand name would be in ruins.

The British man running the sites states that if the government did enforce certain rules then people would not be as hesitant to enter information because it would be a trusted source when backed by the government. Anyone can register a .com domain name and start providing content.

This debate is likely to continue and be a big point in these uncertain times on the Internet but with an estimated 75 million users a month browsing pornographic sites, it’s going to stick around for a while. Demand always creates supply.

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