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Uniregistry bans front-page porn in .sexy

Kevin Murphy, January 24, 2014, 11:21:28 (UTC), Domain Registries

It’s okay to have a .sexy web site, just don’t make it too sexy.

Uniregistry, which will shortly launch the gTLD, has banned front-page nudity in the .sexy space.

Its Acceptable Use Policy, published this week, says that “content unsuitable for a minor” is not permitted on the home pages of any .sexy domains:

For the .SEXY top-level domain, the Registered Names Holder shall not permit content unsuitable for viewing by a minor to be viewed from the main or top-level directory of a .SEXY domain name. For purposes of clarity, content viewed at the main or top-level directory of a .SEXY domain name is the content immediately visible if a user navigates to http://example.sexy or http://www.example.sexy. No restrictions apply to the content at any other page or subdirectory addressed by a .SEXY Registered Name.

The policy goes on to spell out in legalese that it’s talking about porn, rather than nudity or erotica per se, and that “minor” is defined as anyone under 13.

Keeping the front page of web sites porn-free, requiring age verification before the user is allowed to drill down to the good stuff, is considered good practice among porn sites already.

Domain Name Wire, which first spotted the ban, has also published the policy (pdf).

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Comments (5)

  1. John Berryhill says:

    It may be worth noting that the language is identical to a US statute – 18 USC 2252B – which relates to “misleading” domain names used to convey the defined material. While that statute has a safe harbor for domain names which contain the words “sex” or “porn”, the word “sexy” has a broader connotation. Hence, the policy is intended primarily to re-state a requirement which already applies to website operators in the United States.

  2. Acro says:

    It’s always an option to move the nude titbits to page 3, The Sun did it for decades. 😀

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