Taylor Swift, Microsoft among those buying up .porn suffixes

The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft 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.


The singer Taylor Swift, Microsoft 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.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, is making Internet address suffixes beyond the usual .com or .org available for people and businesses to use. While some are in Chinese or other languages besides English, others could include the likes of .music, .app or, of course, .porn.

To check what brands, groups and celebrities have bought their domain names, visit http://icmregistry.com/domaincheck. According to the site, Microsoft has bought not only Microsoft.porn but Office.porn and Office.adult as well.

Representatives for Taylor Swift, Microsoft and Harvard could not immediately be reached for comment.

An earlier report pointed out that the .sucks domain is now a reality and comes with a hefty price tag as well. Starting March 30, companies and individuals will be able to register these new .sucks domain names. But unlike other affordable domain names, this one will be priced at a whooping $2500.

According to a report by Marketing Land, the company Vox Populi, which proposed this domain to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and also, won the bid to oversee the registrations will be selling the .sucks websites names.

With inputs from Associated Press


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