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The .XXX Sponsored Top Level Domain (sTLD), the so-called “virtual red light district” proposed by the ICM Registry, was voted down by the International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) yesterday by a vote of 9 to 5.

The domain was proposed in 2000 by Florida-based ICM Registry, Inc., but did not receive much attention until ICANN preliminarily approved it mid 2005. Once it received preliminary approval, a massive influx of opposition from family groups, pornographers, and Congress caused ICANN to table it so it could be further discussed.

In a statement, ICANN’s Board of Directors said, “feflecting the diversity of views this application has generated, the Board discussion at today’s meeting focused on the criteria for the sTLD, especially for sponsorship, and the terms of the contract proposed by ICM, including compliance issues related to key terms associated with public policy concerns.”

“Votes in favor of the proposed .XXX Registry Agreement were cast by the following Board Members: Veni Markovski, Susan Crawford, Peter Dengate Thrush, Joichi Ito, and Mouhamet Diop. Directors who voted against the approval were Vint Cerf (Chairman), Alejandro Pisanty (Vice-Chairman), Raimundo Beca, Demi Getschko, Hagen Hultzsch, Njeri Rionge, Vanda Scartezini, Paul Twomey (President and CEO), and Hualin Qian.”

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