Future Home Of Online Porn Debated In San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Members of the adult entertainment industry were in San Francisco to oppose a plan to create a separate Internet address for porn websites.

After a decade-long debate, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, decided in December to proceed with the “.xxx” domain name suffix to stand alongside “.com” and “.org”.

ICANN was taking public commentary on the issue at its conference Thursday, and adult industry representatives said they would speak out against the plan.

ICM Registry LLC, which wants to sell the domain names, said the “.xxx” suffix will help customers find adult sites.

But the industry argues it will cost website operators millions in unnecessary fees and make porn sites easier to block by governments.

About two dozen people protested outside ICANN’s meeting, chanting “We like porn. No to xxx.”

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