Universities Buying Up .xxx Domains To Stop Porn Sites Showing, Once Again, That .xxx Is A Pure Money Grab

from the .xxx dept

For many years, we've pointed out that the introduction of new top level domains (TLDs) has always been more about the cash grab than anything reasonable. The whole point is to get a bunch of companies to pay up to buy theirdomain.tld, just to prevent others from squatting. And now that .xxx is around, the same thing is happening... even to the point that Universities and colleges are buying up .xxx domains to keep them away from porn sites. Of course, this is a total waste of money, but various schools feel they need to do it. In the end, it seems like these new TLDs come across more as a protection racket than anything else. You feel the need to buy them... or run the risk of someone else "doing something bad" with them.

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    Josef Anvil (profile), 18 Nov 2011 @ 7:06am

    I'm totally confused

    Maybe it's just me, but I simply don't get it. The porn industry is against the .xxx tld and now you have schools buying up the .xxx tld to protect themselves from porn.

    WTF?!?!

    The porn people feel their content will be filtered from their consumers. I don't get that. Are they afraid that kids will no longer reach them at school or that adults at work won't be able to view their content??? Why are they not more concerned about a competitor using their URL with the new tld, as that seems to be the more reasonable fear.

    As for the schools being worried about porn people using their URL, WTF??? Anyone typing in harvarduniversity.xxx is almost certainly looking for porn in the form of ivy league co-eds and is not confusing it with the actual university.

    I just don't get it. Why is it that so many people want to act like porn doesn't exist? The movie industry does roughly $11 billion in ticket sales while the porn industry does roughly $11 billion annually. Sounds to me like Star Wars and Star Whores are doing equally well and might even share the same audience.

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