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Microsoft pounces on the .porn

The domain names microsoft.porn, office.porn, microsoft.adult and office.adult have been reserved by Microsoft from the company ICM Registry. The latter was until now mainly known for ensuring the management of the .xxx top level domain name. But it also has .porn, .adult and .sex in its portfolio.

TrollFor Microsoft, such reservations spotted by CNN are a defensive measure to avoid being the victim of hairy trolls. A way to protect its brand image that could be damaged if an office.porn site with content unrelated to its office tools was born.

Until April 1, brand owners who do not want to get into trouble with what is called cybersquatting can reserve their domain names in priority .porn and .adult. General availability will start on June 4. For .sex, the first launch phase will take place in September.

When we search the ICM Registry database, we see that other groups have also taken their precautions. This is also the case for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, to name just the Gafa.

This can quickly become a real headache knowing that there are many other strange top level domain names on the market like the .sucks whose general availability is scheduled for June 1.