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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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Nov 2011 @ 5:17am

    Re: .xxx

    am going on gut feeling here...but i'm guessing there is no requirement to use such a TLD, probably also nothing against registering a kid oriented site with that TLD ever. Of course your website would fail and you would come under scrutiny for that, but doubt it's illegal if your content is not bad

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