U Of Colorado Grabs .xxx Domains, But Not Before Brothel Owner Buys Colorado.xxx

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The University of Colorado is trying to stay a step ahead of pornographers by snapping up newly available .xxx website names, yet the address at the top of school administrators' list -- Colorado.xxx -- already has been purchased by an enterprising Las Vegas brothel owner.

Edward Yeager said he's not planning to put porn on the coveted Colorado.xxx domain; it currently redirects visitors to NaturesNudist.com. But if CU wants the URL, which plays off the Colorado.edu address the university uses for its Boulder campus website, Yeager said it'll cost the school.

"I invest in those names," said Yeager, adding that he's willing to sell the name to CU for about $1,000. "I'm not trying to make $40,000 or $30,000. I just want a reasonable price."

The .xxx domain -- meant to be the Internet's red light district -- rolled out first to adult entertainment websites and trademark holders earlier this year, and then, in early December, sale of the web addresses opened up to all buyers.

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