U of I Not Buying “XXX” Internet Domain

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois won’t be buying Internet domain names with the suffix ‘.xxx,’ but that doesn’t mean you should.

Many universities are snapping up the newly available domain names to keep them out of the hands of pornographers. Southern Illinois University has purchased siu.xxx, southernillinois.xxx and saluki.xxx.

But the (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/rquYJ8) that Illinois administrators have decided not to purchase fightingillini.xxx or other Illini-themed domains. Their reasoning is it’s impossible to think of — and purchase — every name with a connection to the university.

Chief information security officer Mike Corn says the school will instead threaten cyber-squatters with legal action. University lawyers will send cease-and-desist letters to anyone it feels is violating trademarks.

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