Buckingham Palace and the mysterious porn website

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” BUCKINGHAM Palace’s name has been hijacked by pornographers to peddle filth on the internet.

Computer surfers who type in the web address are linked to a library of indecent pictures.

The site has nothing to do with the Royal Family or their palaces but features 75 named links which include “tall girls”, “handsome hunks “, “lingerie”, “leather” and “fetish”. Most are too obscene to mention.

The site also offers video-dating, home movies and live webcams.

The cynical ploy is known as cybersquatting. And to add insult to injury, the owner of the prestigious palace domain name is offering it for sale for $10,000.

It is understood that the US-based site was stumbled across by a Buckingham Palace employee.

But it is more difficult, and more costly, to take action against the abuse of US dotcom names than those in the UK.

A spokeswoman for the UK-based Internet Service Providers Association said: “There is no law against using a name like this. It is very difficult to prevent people from looking at the site.”

The first a viewer sees after typing in the royal web address is a warning that you must be 18 years old to use it. Once the user registers, all of the pictures are available without any “censorship” strips covering parts of the body.

Within the site there is a link to lists of domain names where the Buckingham Palace web address is for sale for $10,000.

The seller boasts: “I have a policy of vigorously defending my intellectual property rights and I stand ready to defend myself in the event anyone tries to claim any of my domains for their own.”

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said the palace is unlikely to take action – and so far had received no complaints about the site.

“We are aware of it,” she said. “Anyone can register a domain name.”

She added that people wanting to find genuine information about the Royal Family should go to the official site at www.royal.gov.uk“.

How very strange indeed.

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/WWW.PALACEPORN%3b+Websquatters+hijack+Buck+House+name+to+peddle…-a0102888115

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