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ICM claws back 68 .porn names it accidentally released

Kevin Murphy, June 12, 2015, 16:42:52 (UTC), Domain Registries

ICM Registry has recovered nine .porn and .adult domain names from their registrants after they were accidentally released into the market.

Domains such as ads.porn, hosting.adult and buy.porn were among those snapped up by registrants, despite the fact that they were supposed to be registry-reserved.

ICM CEO Stuart Lawley told DI that a list of 68 .porn/.adult names (34 strings in each of the two gTLDs) have been brought back into the registry’s portfolio.

Only nine had been registered in the less than 24 hours the names were in the available pool, he said.

Lawley said it was his own personal fault for not sending the reserved list to back-end provider Afilias.

The affected registrants have been offered a domain from ICM’s premium list up to the value of $2,500 for each of the names ICM took back, he said.

Only one registrant has so far declined the offer, Lawley said.

Konstantinos Zournas of OnlineDomain, who broke the news about ads.porn yesterday, identifies this former registrant as “James” and reported that he is taking legal advice.

This is not the first time that a registry has accidentally released reserved names into the pool, where they were subsequently snapped up by domainers.

In January, .CLUB Domains accidentally sold credit.club, a name it had planned to keep on its premium reserved list for $200,000, for $10.99.

In that case, .CLUB honored the purchase after the buyer agreed to develop the site, scoring many brownie points in the domain investor community.

Both .CLUB and ICM have terms in their agreements allowing domains accidentally released to be recovered.

In ICM’s case, the names it accidentally released were not premiums, but rather domains that the registry plans to use as part of its own business — not to be sold at any price.

It used buy.xxx as a cornerstone of its .xxx marketing, for example, and it plans to use buy.porn and buy.adult for the exact same purpose.

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Comments (4)

  1. If the reason for collecting back the rightfully registered domains, is to use them for Registry marketing purpose as claimed, what then does ICM need 68 of them for, if not to sell at premium price?

    Does the Registry intend to host adult sites with hosting.adult? Do they intend to sell ads with ads.porn ? Regardless of the excuses, its not fair to claw back domains rightfully registered in GA or otherwise.

  2. RaTHeaD says:

    WoW…

    i think it’s great that they don’t think being cheesy ass scumbags will hurt their business. too many businesses today think being honorable is a winning strategy. /s

  3. Nameto says:

    the whois seems to be different for buy.xxx and ads.xxx?

    It looks like ads.xxx is a premium name?

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