ICANN and Pornographers: Comrades in Arms?
In my latest column for Corporate Counsel, I explain how ICANN and pornographers may be comrades in arms. According to the press reports, the Florida-based company that bought the .xxx domain last year and reaped millions in registration fees from companies, universities, organizations, and individuals seeking to protect their trademarks and names from being associated with pornography (with no intent of ever using the sites) has applied to own three more—sex, .porn, and .adult. It’s all made possible by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its plans to open the Domain Name System (DNS) to all who want to own their very own top level domain (TLD)—the string of letters to the right of the last dot in an Internet address, e.g. .com, .org, and .net—and compete with the 22 existing TLDs and country codes. More.
Doug Wood, We Expert