ICANN approves .XXX red-light district for the Internet

Stefan Fouant sfouant at shortestpathfirst.net
Sun Mar 27 00:39:05 CDT 2011


> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Levine [mailto:johnl at iecc.com]
> Sent: Sunday, March 27, 2011 12:57 AM
> 
> 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?"

Agreed.  And ICM made damn well sure that they had the ways and the means to wage a considerable and sustained amount of legal pressure by selling over a quarter million pre-registrations at $75 each, generating over $20M in revenue...

Stefan Fouant






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