College Porn

Later this year pornography providers will have a new top-level domain, .xxx. Hoping to avoid the unfortunate situation like with WhiteHouse.com, which used to go to a porn site, many colleges and universities are apparently buying up some potentially troublesome URLs.

According to a piece by Tim Barker in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

There are some eye-opening names being registered. Among them: washu.xxx and mizzou.xxx. Don’t, however, expect to find naked co-eds at either of these sites. In what amounts to a defensive maneuver, schools across the nation are snapping up the .xxx domain names that match their federally registered trademarks. It’s simply a matter of trying to keep them out of the wrong hands.

“We don’t want someone coming across our trademark on a porn site. God only knows what they’d come up with,” said Terry Robb, director of information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia, which also has registered missouri.xxx and missouritigers.xxx.

It’s unclear if this effort is to preclude someone from actually creating a porn site that looks suspiciously like the URL for Washington University in St. Louis , or if it’s to stop someone from just buying the domain name and then forcing Wash U. to buy it back at an exorbitant price.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer