K-State buys potential porn sites

By Bryan Richardson

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If Kansas State officials have their way, the worlds of pornography and education won’t mix.

K-State is among universities nationwide buying .xxx domains to avoid having their names associated to pornographic content. The .xxx domain is intended as a voluntary option for porn sites. Public sales for .xxx domain names began Dec. 6.

Ken Stafford, K-State chief information officer, said Thursday that some universities haven’t been purchasing the domain names, but he considers that a mistake.

“We’re trying to do this so we don’t get embarrassed by something someone puts up there,” Stafford said.

Stafford cited as an example the White House website, whitehouse.gov. During the late-90s and early-2000s, typing whitehouse.com led people to a pornographic website.

K-State has blocked registration of k-state.xxx and kansasstateuniversity.xxx, which are the two names that the university trademarks. Stafford said doing so costs $200 each, but gives the university ownership for a decade.

K-State has 17 other domain names it’s attempting to buy, but there are multiple companies trying to sell those names. It’s up to the free market for the overall winner, so the price hasn’t been set on these domains. They are: k-statealumni.xxx, k-stateathletics.xxx, k-statefootball.xxx, k-statesports.xxx, k-statewildcats.xxx, kstate.xxx, kstatealumni.xxx, kstateathletics.xxx, kstatefootball.xxx, kstatesports.xxx, kstatewildcats.xxx, ksu.xxx, ksualumni.xxx, ksuathletics.xxx, ksufootball.xxx, ksusports.xxx and ksuwildcats.xxx.

Stafford said K-State expects to spend $2,000 a year to reserve all of them. The university would have to pay more to actually have operating websites, but that shouldn’t be expected, of course.

Although it could seem like a lot of names, there are many more variations the university could pursue. However, Stafford said that isn’t likely.

He said there could be thousands of variations on K-State, Aggieville and any other well-known name. “We’re not trying to do everything in the world,” Stafford said. “You can’t do that.”









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