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ICANN rejects the creation of an .XXX domain for the third time

An international agency today once again rejected the creation of an .XXX domain for web sites that contain adult content.  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted down the proposal by ICM Registry LLC in a 9-5 vote -- ICANN is responsible for managing the domain-name address system for the Internet.  The latest vote marks the third time that ICANN denied a proposal for a universal .XXX domain.

"[The] decision was the result of very careful scrutiny and consideration of all the arguments," said Dr. Vinton Cerf, ICANN chairman.  

One of the members disclosed that he voted against the .XXX domain because it would not be able to keep children from being protected by adult content.  A "large part of the community thinks that if we approve dot-xxx, all that material ... will magically move into dot-xxx, and therefore children will be protected, because it will be easy to filter.  That, in my opinion, is not going to happen," said Roberto Gaetono, an ICANN board member.

Another member of the ICANN board criticized the agency for being too timid when it comes to expanding and working with controversial topics.  Similar arguments took form when the comittee voted against the top-level domain last year.

The .XXX registrar, ICM Registry, Inc., filed a lawsuit against ICANN last year after the March 2006 rejection. ICM has publically announced it will likely pursue further legal action against ICANN in the wake of this newest announcement.

If the proposal clears ICANN in the future -- which is unlikely -- the .XXX domain would be available on a voluntary basis.  ICM Registry will be able to submit a new proposal to ICANN for the next round of applications. 




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