ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

John Levine johnl at iecc.com
Sat Mar 26 23:56:54 CDT 2011

>What changed ICANN's mind between the ruling in 2007 and the ruling in 2010?

The growing certainty of an expensive and very embarassing lawsuit if
they turned ICM down.  Despite the clear lack of industry support for
.XXX, ICM carefully jumped through every hoop, dotted every i, and
crossed every t in the 2004 application process and the subsequent
appeal and review processes.  I expect the board and staff really
really would not want to have to answer questions under oath like "who
did you talk to at the US Department of Commerce about the .XXX
application and what did you say?" and "why did you vote against .XXX
when they followed the same rules as the TLDs you voted for?"


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