by Mike Masnick
Tue, Jun 29th 2010 9:38pm
This isn't much of a surprise given the convoluted history of the .xxx domain -- including meddling by the US government -- but it appears that after all of these years, the domain is set to be approved. It doesn't seem like anyone's happy about this -- for conflicting reasons -- which was why there was so much controversy over it in the first place. Some religious groups fear that this is "legitimizing" porn, while some porn sites fear that they're going to be required to operate in the .xxx domain. Of course, porn is already legitimized and it would be nearly impossible to require porn sites to operate in that domain, so it seems like both sides have little to fear. As Wired notes in the link above, the reality will probably be that the domain -- like so many modern top-level domains will mostly be ignored or become home to more shady operators that most people know to avoid.
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