Master of its domain? Not yet: Porn loses another online battle

Will the $5 billion online porn business get a differnt domain name?
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Not anytime soon.

The Wall Street Journal has just filed a new story for tomorrow’s paper, updating its piece today about the just-failed stuggle for the .xxx domain name.

The thrust of it?

“The Icann [Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers] vote likely will be seen by critics as evidence of the influence commerce has over the Internet, experts said. “Dot-xxx isn’t the best idea in the world,” said Jonathan Zittrain, a professor of Internet governance at Oxford University. “But a virtue of going ahead with it would have been a signal to Icann’s constituencies around the world that it is not just an arm of the U.S. government.”

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We’re a little confused as to why the vote went as it did. I mean, on the one hand, we’re all for helping parents filter porn.

On the other, anyone paying a visit to www.wetbeavers.com shouldn’t expect to meet up with our little friend pictured at right.