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ICANN Board Rejects .XXX TLD in 9-to-5 Vote
By: Tom Hymes (Free Speech Coalition)
Marina del Rey, Calif. – In a 9 to 5 vote, the Board of Directors of ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, today rejected the ICM Registry application that would have established a voluntary .XXX top-level domain (TLD).
The decision was a surprise to many ICANN watchers, who expected the Board was more likely to extend the decision, continuing a pattern it had set many months ago. Instead, according to a statement posted to the ICANN website late in the afternoon, the vote was taken today because "ICM [Registry] had requested that the ICANN Board vote on the proposed contract at this meeting."
Regarding possible reasons for the no vote, the ICANN statement supplied oblique references to two issues that have dogged the application since it was provisionally approved June 1 2005, "…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. "
The voting broke down as follows:
Directors For .XXX:
Peter Dengate Thrush,
Joichi Ito, and
Directors against .XXX
Vint Cerf (Chairman),
Alejandro Pisanty (Vice-Chairman),
Paul Twomey (President and CEO)
According to the ICANN statement, additional detail about the vote will be posted later in the week at www.icann.org.