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Taylor Swift snaps up .porn and .adult web domains from Icann to prevent copycat sites

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By John McCarthy | Media editor

March 23, 2015 | 2 min read

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is set to launch raunchy domains, .porn, .adult and .sucks in June in a bid to create more space on the ever-expanding web, with musician Taylor Swift snapping up TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult before the latest wave became available to the public 1 June.

The non-profit tasked with regulating and releasing internet domains has invited brands, businesses and prominent individuals to pick up titles related to them, in a bid to cease copycats establishing copycat - or derogatory addresses.

In the rush for domains, CNN Money reports that Microsoft Office also purchased Office.porn and Office.adult with each costing as much as £1,674. Icann says that “over 1,300 new names or 'strings' could become available in the next few years”.

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This comes after Trademark Clearinghouse issued a warning last February stating that the release of new domains could present serious copyright challenges for brands - especially with third parties trying to pass as them on new addresses.

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