Corbin Fisher Kicks Out Half Million Dollars For Gay.XXX Domain Name

UPDATED 4/15/2012 – The internet address gay.xxx has been sold for $500,000, making it the most expensive domain name sold in an extension that is now  publicly open for registration to anyone.

The deal was made as part of the Founders Program offered by .xxx  domain operators. The buyer is Liberty Media Holdings, aka Corbin Fisher, the now based Las Vegas-based gay porn production house. The site associated with the domain is now live and plans on beginning operations this spring. “We plan to make gay.xxx the destination for gay adult content on the web,” Corbin Fisher CEO Jason Gibson said. “We see this as being a game-changer in the online adult industry.”

ICM once did not allow .xxx addresses to regular punters, that is  until now,  when under the new rules anyone can purchase a domain name!

It has however blocked the names of about 4,300 famous people from the domain.

The Founders Program saw ICM sell or otherwise allocate about 1,500 .xxx names to 35 companies, raising over $4m. The first to go live, back in August, was casting.xxx.

According to ICM, nine of these domains sold for over $100,000 each.

The previous top price for an address in pre-launch extension is believed to be the $350,000 that Overstock.com paid the Colombian .co registry for o.co in June 2010. Overstock is in the process of making O.co its primary brand name.

Before that, flowers.mobi sold to a domain investor for $250,000 in 2005, a purchase widely considered to have been an enormous mistake.

Porn addresses selling for big money are not without precedent. The most expensive domain name sale of all time is widely believed to be sex.com, which sold for $13m last year.

Perhaps you would like to create an adult entertainment website. Or maybe you’re here to keep your brand from being registered as a .XXX by someone else. Whatever your reasons for wanting a .XXX domain, you’ve come to the right place. To check the availability of your domain, type the name you want into the search box above.

If you own a popular brand, remember that many savvy online folks (including your competitors) know your brand. With the information they know about your brand, they can disguise you easily in the social media and destroy the reputation of your brand. So if you are NOT the one who thinks that, “I don’t need to worry about identity theft because no one wants to be me”, you should act fast in protecting your brand image online.

According to the Corbin Fisher website, the company is a member of the Californian porn trade group the Free Speech Coalition, which has been ICM’s most outspoken opponent.

The FSC lobbied against the approval by ICANN of .xxx for years until March this year, and has since called for a member boycott of the extension.

As well as being concerned about the high price of .xxx names (roughly $100 a year) ICANN continues to fear that having a dedicated porn-only domain is an invitation for censorious governments to mandate or block it.

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