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.xxx domains go live

Kevin Murphy, April 16, 2011, 00:17:31 (UTC), Domain Registries

Click here: icmregistry.xxx, then come back.

That’s right. After ICM Registry’s almost 11 years of campaigning, and almost $20 million in legal and other expenses, .xxx domain names are actually live in the domain name system.

ICANN, IANA, the US government and VeriSign, in that order, have all agreed to delegate the internet’s newest gTLD, and the first few .xxx domains went live within the last couple hours.

The domains sex.xxx and porn.xxx are now also resolving to placeholder sites. They’re currently “safe for work”, but possibly not for much longer.

IANA has a .xxx page, complete with a lengthy delegation report (in a snazzy new pdf format) that broadly explains the convoluted process ICANN used to ultimately, albeit reluctantly, approve the TLD.

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Comments (9)

  1. […] board had approved the application for the new TLD at their meeting on March 18th of this year.As Kevin over at DomainIncite points out in his article, the registry website, sex.xxx and porn.xxx (both placeholder pages, safe for […]

  2. Juan Valdez says:

    This is a SPONSORED top-level domain and has nothing to do with the GENERIC top-level domains that ICANN is struggling with at the moment. There’s a big difference and .XXX sTLD domains had to pass a different sniff test (ok, couldn’t help the pun) than the gTLDs but I heard it provided a certain standard of how TLDs and registries should operate.

  3. […] Kevin over at DomainIncite points out in his post on the same topic, the registry website, sex.xxx and porn.xxx (both placeholder […]

  4. […] The Kroes letter was evidently sent April 6, about 10 days before the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, part of Commerce, instructed VeriSign to add .xxx to the root. […]

  5. […] The letter was sent after ICANN had approved .xxx, but nine days before the National Telecommunications and Information Administration instructed VeriSign to add it to the DNS root. […]

  6. […] .xxx top-level domain has been active in the domain name system for a few months now, but to date the only resolving domains have been […]

  7. […] .xxx top-level domain has been active in the domain name system for a few months now, but to date the only resolving domains have been […]

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