.xxx domain gets final green light -

The proposed ".xxx" top level domain (TLD) name has at last been given the go-ahead by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

The domain name has had its share of support and detractors but will definitely sit alongside the ICM Registry's other staples such as .net. However, .xxx names will only be given to the "adult entertainment industry" - so that's porn.

.XXX will be regulated by the International Foundation for Online Resposibility (IFFOR) which is a non-profit though it will receive heavy funding should the domain take off, $10 from every website registered. It states on its website that the .XXX TLD will be managed "in accordance with the provisions" of the IFFOR Charter, holding the porn industry accountable for keeping it clean.

That's virus-free and upholding the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights related to free expression.

The suffix will come with weighty responsibilities, including to promote open and transparent policy development and taking a line on best practice to safeguard kids from viewing the stuff and to combat illegal pornography, such as child pornography.

Domain names are being doled out by the ICM Registry to let smut peddlers protect their brands and intellectual property before the open market goes nuts. We can't confirm Castlemaine's interested.