Pornographers furious at .xxx domain -

Peddlers of hardcore porn are furious at the web regulator ICANN, and ICM Registry, because of the .xxx domain name. 

Both Manwin Licensing and Digital Playground are taking the fight to ICM Registry, which looks after the .xxx top level domain. They think that ICM mishandled the process and that there was no nead for the domain name in the first place.

The porn industry was dead against it anyway, saying it'd segregate the internet, disregarding the fact that you can't separate porn from the internet no matter how many domain names you own.

ICM repeatedly begged at ICANN's doorstep to approve the suffix. The BBC reports  that ICM first applied for the .xxx domain in 2000, but at the time net regulator ICANN said there was little point. But it appealed and appealed again, until finally, this year, the board agreed to let ICM take the lead on the domain.

Manwin, which publishes Playboy websites, says ICM has an unfair stranglehold on the 'adult entertainment' industry online. It claims ICM is selling .xxx registrations for as high as $60 a pop, which is rather a lot of money. Not only that, publishers argue that they need to own a .xxx domain even if they don't want one - to stop rivals or opportunists making capital from their brands.

In a statement, managing partner of Manwin Fabian Thylmann said the case "uncovers a pernicious monopoly at the very heart of the internet. Ending anticompetitive practices by ICM and ICANN will not only protect our business, but help other companies compelled to pay a fee to keep their names unassociated with a .XXX designation."

ICM told the Beeb that the claims are "without merit".