Porn Site Nabs Canadian Chamber Of Commerce URL, Ransoms It For $9700

In case it’s unclear, a Chamber of Commerce has nothing to do with, say, a bedchamber. Try telling that to the porn site that registered the domain for Barriere, BC’s Chamber of Commerce website, though.

Actually, Marie Downing, the Chamber’s administrator, did try to tell them that. The porn site to which the URL now redirects, PornoLaba, responded by asking her for $9700. Downing was incredulous about this demand, telling the CBC, “It’s a $20 domain!”

To be fair, the URL was BarriereChamber.com (obviously NSFW), and “Barriere Chamber” does sound an awful lot like a Victorian S&M dungeon. The actual Barriere Chamber apparently forgot to set up autorenew on GoDaddy (seriously) and the URL was up for grabs for a few days over the holidays.

The Chamber’s website is now BarriereChamberofCommerce.com. I think this is a win-win: The Chamber’s URL is both more specific and it sounds less porny, proving that there is indeed a silver lining to every dropped ball.

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