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XXX domain names for sale

Published: Dec. 7, 2011 at 3:42 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2011 at 2:26 PM CST
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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A new chapter on a very controversial part of the internet is written on Tuesday.

That's the day that the XXX domain names went on sale.  An estimated 100,000 new porn websites were launched.

Some of the first to pay for the new  XXX sites were universities across the country. And one of them was Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

"SIU wanted to get out ahead of this, this is the first day that people could buy those xxx domain names," said Rod Sievers at SIU's Media Communications. " We wanted to get there first before anybody else could scoop up those domains in order to protect our brand, to protect our image."

The university spent $5,000 to protect five different xxx domain websites with combinations of the schools logo and mascot's name.

"If anyone would have purchased those before we had a chance to get our hands on them they could have done anything they wanted with them. And it being an xxx domain, certainly you don't want that kind of material associated with your brand or image," Sievers said.

The owner of We 3 Girls in Marion knows all too well the problems of protecting her company's image on the internet.

"That started a long time before the XXX on the internet became as popular as it is. So we had to go in and do some different additions onto our name in descriptions,"said Brenda Lawler. " In order to keep our customers from ending up in XXX places they didn't want to be."

Lawler says at this time she's not considering paying the $100 a year to buy up the xxx domain name on her company.

"Buying up the XXX might have been a really wise thing for me to have done to protect my customers from all that, but then in these economical times it makes another expenditure that has to be covered."

Sievers says the cost out weighs the consequences for SIU.

"We're paying $5,000 to protect five websites, for 10 years it's fairly cost effective at this point. Who knows what's going to happen down the road. But we've got them locked up."

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