Taylor Swift, Microsoft among those buying up .porn suffixes

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How Taylor Swift Bought the URL Taylorswift.porn Before Anyone Else Got the Chance.

NEW YORK, United States — The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft Corp. and Harvard University are among those buying up .porn and .adult Web suffixes as a pre-emptive move before those domain names become available this summer.Politicians, musicians, products and, well, anybody and anything could find themselves at the mercy of a website address ending with .sucks instead of .com or .co.uk Politicians, musicians, products and, well, anybody and anything could find themselves at the mercy of a website address ending with .sucks instead of .com or .co.uk.

The 25-year-old singer with the cleanest image in pop has purchased domain names TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult before they become available to buy as part of a public sale by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) set to take place on 1 June.Starting June 1, anyone will be able to purchase domains ending in .sucks, .adult, .porn, and hundreds of other options, with new suffixes released every month. There were few to choose from – and most were countries such as .uk and .fr – with only 22 other top-level domains up for grabs such as .com, .biz, or .jobs.

More than 1,300 could become available in the next few years and include places, events, interests and firms, such as .London, .events, .eat, .sexy, .hangout, .dad, .caravan, .rsvp, .vodka and .wtf. According to Ad Week, a select few businesses and individuals were offered the opportunity to buy addresses based on the new domains before they went on the open market for $2,500 (£1,600). GossipCop notes: “The move is not to prevent potential Swift nudes from being posted as no such pictures exist, but to stop her highly-trafficked name from being used by those who want to make money off online porn in general.”

Swift’s move follows her application to trademark five phrases from her latest album 1989, including “Party like it’s 1989”, “this sick beat”, “cause we never go out of style”, “could show you incredible things” and “nice to meet you, where you been?”. They fear brands will be forced to hand over hundreds or thousands of pounds to stop “cyber-squatters” snapping up sites and using the names to criticise them. “While this is high, it is still cheaper for a brand owner to pay this than try to recover the domain name from a disgruntled customer years down the line,” says Connor. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

According to the site, Microsoft has bought not only Microsoft.porn but Office.porn and Office.adult as well. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Several, such as Donuts and Ringside, have been launched with the aim of buying up names such as .lawyer and .florist, so they can charge businesses for the right to use the suffix. Jay Rockefeller told ICANN he thought it was “little more than a predatory shakedown scheme” to get businesses to spend big money on defensive domain registrations.

But according to CNN Money, “[ICANN] claims that its program to expand gTLDs will be beneficial for all internet users, because descriptive domains, such as .healthcare, .deals, and .amsterdam, help ensure web users arrive at their intended destination.” “To me it’s very responsible,” said Steve Miholovich, senior vice president of marketing at Safenames, a domain registrar and advisory firm for websites.

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