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ICANN Begins "Land Rush" For .XXX Web Domains

Unknown Lamer posted more than 2 years ago | from the campbells-soup-xxx dept.

The Internet 94

Velcroman1 writes "The World Wide Web red-light district is poised to explode. After more than a decade of debate, rejections and legal challenges, the Internet's governing body began accepting applications for .xxx websites from the adult entertainment industry on Tuesday, Nov. 8 — otherwise called the 'begin printing money phase.' The so-called 'landrush' phase signifies the true launch of .xxx websites, following the Sept. 5 date when ICM Registry began accepting .xxx applications from trademarked companies — those looking to use a .xxx address and those seeking to prevent their company from appearing on a .xxx website."

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I am waiting for... (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999474)

goatse.xxx

Can't wait for Slashdot.xxx (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999476)

Open source porn! (Plus Apple stories)

There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (0)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999552)

Any idiot who thinks otherwise and sets up a pr0n site will soon be filtered out and go out out of business.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

marcosdumay (620877) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999598)

By the other side, it just makes it easier to google with "site:.xxx". Anybody with more than one neuron will probably get both a .xxx and a .org or .net domains for the site.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999662)

True but it is not exactly hard to find porn on the internet whether you are looking for it or not.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999758)

But if you look for it in .xxx Frank Shilling [elliotsblog.com] is where you are likely to find it. Don't expect that the landrush opportunity isn't already locked up in full.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999932)

The man with the 7-figure pockets could get sexe.xxx and sexo.xxx, but not sex.xxx? After the battle over sex.com, I'm curious who was awarded that domain.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000026)

While you battled with your 7-figures about a single world, I registered every other word in the dictionary and created new niches of porn.

You should check out our wildest newly added categories: categories [tinyonline.co.uk]

(while joking, that list does sound like it could be made into a porno.)

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000358)

Thanks for the new sig.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000250)

Dunno, but I bet he's wined and dined the boss of ICANN. Maybe even thrown in a luxury yacht or two.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999826)

It's not necessary the only domain of a porn site.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (4, Insightful)

Lincolnshire Poacher (1205798) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000006)

> will soon be filtered out and go out out of business.

The main environments in which such filtering would occur are libraries, schools and workplaces. Somehow I doubt there is much demand for porn originating from those environments anyway, at least not much money-raising porn.

According to a recent article in the Economist [economist.com] , porn browsing is growing fastest on smartphones. The .xxx domain wouldn't be blocked on those devices unless attached to a corporate network.

So who exactly will be blocking this?

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (5, Insightful)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000322)

So who exactly will be blocking this?

Entire countries?

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (2)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001110)

You mean the ones that already do?

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (3, Informative)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001166)

I cant say about other countries, but here in India, there are around 30-40 porn sites blocked, and on addition to that the entire .xxx domain is blocked

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

bmo (77928) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001312)

>but here in India, there are around 30-40 porn sites blocked,

That's not very many.

--
BMO

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001562)

>but here in India, there are around 30-40 porn sites blocked,

That's not very many.

-- BMO

you missed the second part.
in addition to these 30-40 (which are on .com/.net/etc), the ENTIRE .xxx domain is blocked

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Reverand Dave (1959652) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003680)

You missed the part where there are about 1 billion other porn sites on the web so the 30-40 doesn't even scratch the surface.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (2)

ooloogi (313154) | more than 2 years ago | (#38005536)

I think that was the intended point: 0.00001% of non-.xxx blocked, while 100% of .xxx blocked - it shows that companies using an xxx domain will also provide access via other TLDs as well

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#38009238)

So who exactly will be blocking this?

Entire countries?

Will the people in those countries be paying for Pr0n?

Even if they could afford it, when the government controls the banks (had to resist making an ISR joke here) how could they? I can think of three nations off the top of my head who will block a $30 P/m pr0n site, yet you can get a shag from a live girl for less then that (in one of them, you could probably get two depending on your negotiating skills).

What kind of person pays for Pr0n these days. Would .XXX be blocked in those countries. Not a problem for paysites, the free sites might not be so quick to join up.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

jittles (1613415) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000376)

The main environments in which such filtering would occur are libraries...

When was the last time you went thru the computer lab at a library??? *yuck*

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38000740)

Dude! The computer area at MY library looks out into the teen books area.... h-h-h-HOT!

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001412)

I'm sure mobile networks will be happy to charge an extra $1/MB for data to any site resolved via a .xxx domain name lookup...

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002450)

So the sticky keyboard is being replaced with the sticky smartphone screen

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002644)

They actually have some good ideas.

"He wants to build trust: .xxx will be the only top-level domain to provide free virus scanning for all its sites. He also plans to create a payment system on the lines of iTunes and PayPal, which will shield users’ data and allow them to buy bits of content instead of paying a monthly subscription."

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38000210)

"Any idiot who thinks otherwise and sets up a pr0n site will soon be filtered out and go out out of business."

Um, no. You could not be more incorrect.
Do you really think that the more successful sites are the ones not filtered?
Think - existing filters already exist, AND they block a vast majority of porn sites.

Sites like brazzers dot com etc all do just FINE and they are filtered 100%. Presuming they open brazzers dot xxx, they will STILL be filtered 100%.

I /guess/ you could possibly make an argument that a .XXX level block is "shorter" or "simpler" than traditional URL pattern blocks that work within .COM, etc.
But that's irrelevant ... it does not matter WHERE a site is located, it will be blocked.

There's no real-world argument that .com sites are better at evading filters (and thus "not going out of business" because of it). Content filters are usually updated HOURLY, so they'll block every new porn site on any TLD. Smart filters will block the DNS nameservers which are owned by porn sites, so new sites can not slip through like say a "zero day warez" site might slip through.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (2)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000222)

Any idiot who thinks otherwise and sets up a pr0n site will soon be filtered out and go out out of business.

People make money from porn on the Internet?

Is there really any porn you can't get for free by the gigabyte?

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (5, Funny)

Jibekn (1975348) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000448)

They're called fetishes, show me where I can get 40 hours of a midget beating a south American prostitute with a halibut while reciting the pledge of allegiance and ill stop paying for my porn.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (2)

S.O.B. (136083) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002266)

While reciting the pledge of allegiance? That's just going too far.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

mjwx (966435) | more than 2 years ago | (#38009278)

While reciting the pledge of allegiance? That's just going too far.

I think he means he's reciting the pledge of allegiance.

But now I think about it, there's Nazi fetish pr0n, why not US patriotism fetish pr0n.

Rule 34, I'll assume this one to be fulfilled, I have a high tolerance for freaky things but this would be beyond my ability to bear.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Frenzied Apathy (2473340) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000570)

Is there really any porn you can't get for free by the gigabyte?

How would you know how much porn is available for free? Hmmm?

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001304)

How would you know how much porn is available for free? Hmmm?

I think the better question would be....

What the hell do you use the internet for....?

:)

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

tunapez (1161697) | more than 2 years ago | (#38002336)

Up all night honking me horn!

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Medievalist (16032) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001424)

Any idiot who thinks otherwise and sets up a pr0n site will soon be filtered out and go out out of business.

Unlikely. The majority of people who actually pay for porn are probably watching at home on an unfiltered connection.

The freeloaders who watch at work, or on mommy and daddy's connection aren't paying. They are the ones that will be filtered.

Re:There will be no pr0n in the .XXX domain (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | more than 2 years ago | (#38004320)

Why do you plan on filtering at home?

google.xxx (3, Funny)

rwv (1636355) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999558)

Can we expect a new, porn-only search engine? There's lots of money to be made with porn ads. It would be surprising to see what Google does with its own XXX site.

Re:google.xxx (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999638)

Time to register google.xxx for mad money!

Re:google.xxx (3, Interesting)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999746)

They already have that, it's called Xvideos.com [xvideos.com] .

Re:google.xxx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38004240)

I think you'll find SexFind.com is a superior search experience. Or so I heard ;)

Re:google.xxx (1)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000058)

It would be surprising to see what Google does with its own XXX site.

Programmer porn [uproxx.com]

Re:google.xxx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38000790)

www.wankspider.com [wankspider.com]

Re:google.xxx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38001696)

spankwall.com is a porn search engine built by people from the industry.

Re:google.xxx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38006884)

> It would be surprising to see what Google does with its own XXX site.

I guess the star would be Marissa Mayer.
She is Vice President of Location and Local Services,
but would not mind her being President of my local services.

Re:google.xxx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38008328)

Heck there been lots of those. One the best used to be Nymphoseek.com

Other Web Domains poised to explode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999580)

.news
.music
.movies
.books
.webpage

Re:Other Web Domains poised to explode (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999616)

Shit, why don't they just do away with the tiered system altogether. I mean it's not like ".com", ".org", ".net", etc actually mean anything at all.

I want a server named "This is my cool webpage" (yes, including spaces).

Re:Other Web Domains poised to explode (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999762)

http://thisismycoolwebpage/ [thisismycoolwebpage]

Do you really want that?

Re:Other Web Domains poised to explode (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000018)

That should have read as
http:/// [http] this%20is%20my%20cool%20webpage/

Re:Other Web Domains poised to explode (1)

Hadlock (143607) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000524)

It does help organize things a bit. http://www.coolwebpages.co.uk/ [coolwebpages.co.uk] you know immediately is english language, but also strictly British. .gov, .edu and .mil are generally safer than a .ru site to visit, and you know that you're going to have an epileptic seizure if you try reading the flashing text on a .jp site. You can figure out someone's nationality from their accent in speech, but a nationalized or regional top level domains are the only identifier about the location or level of trust you have before you click on a link.

Re:Other Web Domains poised to explode (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002402)

>> It does help organize things a bit.

It works great for Censorship too!

I call dibs on slashdot.xxx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999584)

I'll use it for cowboyneal porn. I'll make money by ads for psychologists and similar.

goatse.xxx (2)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999646)

The only valid use I can think of this is for goatse.xxx to return (actually it was a .cx, but whatever). Whats the QR code for that, anyway?

In a way its a good idea... the over-controlling nutcases can think they are actually doing something by blocking the entire domain, while all the actual pr0n, not wanting to be blocked, remains in the .com domain.

In a way its a bad idea, because most of the money will be generated by giant corporations buying the domain so pranksters/whatever can't abuse their name. Expect to see ibm.xxx purchased by ibm solely to keep other people from messing with it.

Re:goatse.xxx (4, Interesting)

masternerdguy (2468142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999698)

Actually its not a bad idea. It's an awesome way to extort more money for domain hosting to offset the steadily dropping costs. If you don't register your XXX domain, someone else will. It's practically legalized extortion!

Re:goatse.xxx (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999898)

The only valid use I can think of this is for goatse.xxx to return (actually it was a .cx, but whatever). Whats the QR code for that, anyway?

Haha good idea. A lot of QR code reading apps stupidly open a browser window with a page in it immediately instead of showing you the URL and giving you the option to open it. Great for goatse and browser attacks.

Re:goatse.xxx (1)

nitehawk214 (222219) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000940)

Mod "+1 I will never scan a QR code again"

Re:goatse.xxx (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38000096)

Well, the next step for the over-controlling nutcases is to start lobbying politicians to pass a law which forces adult sex oriented businesses to move their sites to the .xxx domain. In the US, there will probably be a 1st Amendment challenge to this kind of law, but adult sites based in the US already have to comply with 18 U.S.C. 2257 (even though it is virtually never enforced) which mandates that all models that appear in sexually explicit images are of legal age. So the legal basis for the federal government to regulate internet porn is already in place. Requiring sex sites to move to .xxx would be an extension of the legal theory that gives municipalities the right to pass zone ordinances to keep adult oriented businesses from locating nears schools, churches, etc.

sarahpalin.xxx (1)

muon-catalyzed (2483394) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999724)

Porn? No, the XXX hell gates of mockery, intimidation and blackmail has just been blown wide open. I fail to see anything good or positive we can get out of this domain, looks like this is designed only to fill registrar's coffers.

scam + blackmail (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999752)

This is a scam.

I own a adult domain non-generic and working website.
I have the trademark for it but they didn't let me register my domain.xxx because they have reserved thousands of popular words for a later auction.
When i try to register it it says "RESERVED". My lawyer has contacted them without response.

Also they have sold lots of valuable domains before september to investors without telling nobody, you can check register date in some generic domains.

It can also be called blackmail.

This domain will not succeed because its owned by speculators and cybersquatters.

Re:scam + blackmail (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999872)

Without telling nobody? At least they told somebody.

Re:scam + blackmail (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999908)

It's also completely pointless. The "red light district of the internet" exploded in the 90s. I rarely even look at the domain names when browsing for porn.. who cares?

Re:scam + blackmail (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38000060)

What a shame that all the ethical business people are being treated roughly by this.

Re:scam + blackmail (1)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001162)

Yeah, it's definitely a cash-grab. It has no utility for the rest of us, nobody wanted it and it only makes for costly aggravation.

I feel bad that folks like you that have to deal with this.

Re:scam + blackmail (2)

khallow (566160) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001212)

Blackmail doesn't mean what you think it means.

Re:scam + blackmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38003604)

Right. "Blackmale" would be more appropriate in this case.

Re:scam + blackmail (3, Informative)

LordLimecat (1103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001242)

It can also be called blackmail.

Extortion perhaps, but not blackmail: blackmail is when someone threatens to make private information public if you do not comply with their wishes.

Re:scam + blackmail (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38002954)

Officially notify them that you own the trademark and do not agree with this and that you are willing to pay the regular price for it.
Also notify them that you will sue anyone who uses that domain for trademark infringement.

Now the domain name is a tainted product.

Make sure they realize that you will make sure that whoever does end up buying the domain will be informed that ICANN new it was a tainted product.

Re:scam + blackmail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38004328)

I hate cybersquatters. The only good cybersquatter is a dead cybersquatter. Death to the cybersquatters!!!!!

Extortion? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999850)

"We've just created lots of embarrassing names somebody could buy from us and attach to your Internet domain. We think you need protection against that. Won't you buy them first?" Excuse me if I post as AC.

ICANN (1)

Bloopie (991306) | more than 2 years ago | (#37999916)

ICANN has cheezcake?

Flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37999984)

But will these porn sites run on Flash [arstechnica.com] ?

(I expect the story of Adobe discontinuing Flash on mobile platforms to show up here tomorrow as "Breaking News".)

It's such a scam (5, Insightful)

hawguy (1600213) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000024)

My company's attorney asked me if we needed to register all of our domains under their "Register your brand with .XXX so someone else doesn't" program. I told them that while we could do that, there's no reason why someone would want to use our domain for porn, and even if they wanted to, they could register under .org, .net, .info, or one of the dozens of country domains available to anyone (some domain speculator already grabbed our .org and .net domains). I asked him if he was prepared to spend thousands of dollars/year preemptively registering our domain and common mispellings across all available TLD's on the off chance that some porn operator thought that our company's would be attractive to people looking for porn (our company's name is associated more with industrial products than big bouncing boobs). I think he finally understood why this .xxx preregistration was such a scam.

Re:It's such a scam (2)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000392)

I think he finally understood why this .xxx preregistration was such a scam.

Also especially because the .info and .biz TLD's are doing so well...

As a side note, I don't get it. I clicked on the button to register the domain, and it took me to another page where I had to fill out another form and enter my CC info yet again. When I clicked register on that page, it took me to yet another page and I had to apply again...

Re:It's such a scam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38000682)

(our company's name is associated more with industrial products than big bouncing boobs).

"Get your nuts off at titaniumwrenches.xxx!"

Re:It's such a scam (1)

Dewin (989206) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001522)

You're associated with industrial products, not big bouncing boobs? I'm sure there's an audience for that (Possibly NSFW) [youtube.com] .

Re:It's such a scam (1)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001872)

If you noticed there were advertisements in that, you're gay.

Speaking of which, I think I need a new 2-speed battery drill.

Re:It's such a scam (1)

Darinbob (1142669) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003358)

Personally I'm a bit curious about what will show up on kernel.xxx.

Carl Icahn!? (1)

aaarrrgggh (9205) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000338)

My first read was why the hell is Carl Icahn getting into .xxx domain markets... doesn't he have anything better to do with his time?

Phase names (3, Interesting)

sootman (158191) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000432)

> The so-called 'landrush' phase signifies the true launch
> of .xxx websites, following the Sept. 5 date when ICM
> Registry began accepting .xxx applications from
> trademarked companies — those looking to use
> a .xxx address and those seeking to prevent their
> company from appearing on a .xxx website

... which is, in turn, known as the "extortion" phase.

Extortion? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000604)

Are you saying that companies that registered a name should get it under all TLDs? Because that would make TLDs completely pointless.

Re:Extortion? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38000942)

TLDs are already completely pointless.

Re:Extortion? (1)

Hentes (2461350) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001804)

Well, for example there wouldn't be a gmail.com without TLDs as it's already registered on a German domain. The Internet is much bigger than you think, and TLDs serve a useful purpose in keeping it sorted.

Re:Phase names (3, Funny)

The Wild Norseman (1404891) | more than 2 years ago | (#38001944)

and those seeking to prevent their company from appearing on a .xxx website

Where at "microsoft.xxx" the truthful comment that their servers constantly go down on you, brings on an entirely new and unintended meaning...

Re:Phase names (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38010834)

But what else can they do? The TLD is going to become available whether the companies want it or not. Allowing certain corporations exempt status from registration fees, or immunity, would be far more questionable. It's not like IBM or Microsoft can't afford the $80 a year.

Barebones servers... (2)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000596)

On slashdot.xxx

.xxx/files (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38005434)

*cue X-Files introduction music with a pic of CowboyNeal burried in a spaghetti monster of CAT3.

Synchronicity (3, Funny)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000702)

A few articles ago there was an article about a better way to pack balls into something.
Now this story.

Coincidence? You decide.

Re:Synchronicity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38005128)

two dogs in a bathtub.

Land Value Tax (1)

Baldrson (78598) | more than 2 years ago | (#38000928)

ICANN should hand out domains for _free_ on a first-come first-serve basis BUT maintain escrowed bids for all domain names. The annual fee for retaining control of those domain names should be the 1 year Treasury rate. The escrow accounts should yield to the highest bidder the 3 month Treasury rate. If there are groups of domains that have synergistic value together, they should be considered a composite domain by the bidder. The combination of bids (composite and individual) that yields the highest total annual fee to ICANN should define the highest bidder for each individual domain, hence which escrow accounts are paid the interest at the 3 month Treasury rate.

The composite domain bidding needs some explanation:

As an example, let's say that Joe wants acme.com, acme.biz and acme.xxx as a composite domain. He bids $60 for acme.com, $20 for acme.biz and $10 for acme.xxx making the appropriate deposits in escrow with ICANN. Sam comes along and bids $61 for acme.com but the other bids for individual domains acme.biz and acme.xxx are $19 and $9 respectively. The individual bids (totaling $89) in escrow receive no interest payments; Joe's (totaling $90) do. Moreover, the current owner of acme.com pays the 1 year Treasury rate on the $60 bid by Joe, not on the $61 bid by Sam. Conversely, the owners of acme.biz and acme.xxx pay interest on $20 and $10 respectively. Joe's escrowed bid for the composite domain receives the 3 month Treasury rate on $90. The owner of acme.com can, of course, accept Sam's bid of $61 at any time, in which case Sam starts paying the interest on the $60.

The obvious implication of this is that there would be a dynamic and highly automated flow of money between escrowed bids, but domain domain speculation would be a thing of the past.

If a domain name is defended as a legally recognized trademark, business name, etc. then no ICANN-mediated bidding is allowed and ICANN charges no fees.

What should ICANN do with the revenue arising from the difference between the 1 year Treasury rate and the 3 month Treasury rate?

Re:Land Value Tax (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38005162)

Trademarks, 'eh? What about things that are trademarked for one company in one country and to a different company in another?

I'd be amused to find out (1)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 2 years ago | (#38003776)

I'd be amused to find out what would lie behind vaticano.xxx

Old stock photography (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38008430)

Does the monitor in the fox news story look like a Silicon Graphics monitor to anybody else?

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