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ICANN has porn?

One of the biggest money making segments on the internet is pornography. For years, the U.S.-based ICM Registry Inc company has been petitioning for a new top level domain specifically for the porn industry.

ICANN has repeatedly denied the request to create a domain .xxx that would be used by sites with adult or pornographic material. In 2007, ICANN denied the request to create the .xxx domain with ICANN chairman Dr. Vinton Cerf stating, "[The] decision was the result of very careful scrutiny and consideration of all the arguments."

Reuters reports that ICANN is now expected to finally approve the .xxx domain as early as today. Members of the ICANN board are arguing that in order to maintain neutrality, ICANN should allow the creation of the .xxx domain.

ICANN general counsel John Jeffrey said, "If expedited due diligence results are successful, then staff will proceed into contract negotiations with ICM [for the .xxx domain]."

Figures collected by Internet Pornography Statistics claim $3,000 per second is spent online for pornography and that the term "sex" is the most searched term on the internet, making up a full 25% of all search queries. There are unsurprisingly several groups that are against the .xxx – religious groups are opposed on moral grounds. 

Oddly, some pornography industry insiders also oppose the creation stating that the .xxx domain would invite censorship. That makes sense considering if most porn sites used the domain the .xxx domain could simply be blocked entirely with firewalls whereas most businesses can’t block all access to .com or .net websites.



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hmmm...
By inperfectdarkness on 6/25/2010 11:04:31 AM , Rating: 3
i'm all for this, provided it doesn't lead to more censorship. i'm ok with having increased ease of parental control/work controls; but when the ease of filtration for those two specific purposes is corrupted into de-facto censorship of pornography--it will have crossed the line.

the beginning of the end is when a .com, .org or .net site which contains explicit materials is punished for hosting them in a location other than an .xxx domain.




RE: hmmm...
By smackababy on 6/25/2010 11:10:40 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know if they will be required to use .xxx domain names. If they are, then yes, it will lead to censorship somewhat. I think porn should be championing their own domain. It isn't like a firewall is going to stop people from buying porn... It is a multi-billion dollar a year industry.


RE: hmmm...
By adiposity on 6/25/2010 11:34:05 AM , Rating: 2
It will be optional, for now. Regulating content is different from allowing a new domain suffix, and I'm not sure ICANN can even do content regulation.


RE: hmmm...
By MozeeToby on 6/25/2010 11:36:32 AM , Rating: 3
There are no plans to have adults sites moved to the new domain, doing so would be technically difficult and economically unfeasible. Kind of makes the whole thing moot in my opinion.

I'd be more interested in setting up a .kids top level domain, which could be a semi-walled garden of child appropriate material. It would give parents an safe option for when they couldn't directly supervise their child's internet habits and doesn't have the privacy, ethical, and censorship issues that a .xxx domain creates.


RE: hmmm...
By raumkrieger on 6/25/2010 12:07:20 PM , Rating: 3
The walled garden approach to the internet will lead to one of two things: Either kids will grow up naive and socially retarded, or they'll grow up learning to circumvent all methods of censorship.


RE: hmmm...
By ekv on 6/26/2010 12:16:52 AM , Rating: 2
I Disagree. There is a place for age-appropriate content. Parents can relax controls as age and trust increase.


RE: hmmm...
By Solandri on 6/26/2010 1:55:35 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The walled garden approach to the internet will lead to one of two things: Either kids will grow up naive and socially retarded, or they'll grow up learning to circumvent all methods of censorship.

If that is what you believe, then you do not have to put your kids in that walled garden. It is not an argument for preventing other people from putting their kids within that walled garden if they believe the approach will work.


Ban on .xxx domains.
By themaster08 on 6/25/2010 10:48:32 AM , Rating: 4
I wonder if Jobs will ban .xxx domains on Safari?




RE: Ban on .xxx domains.
By XZerg on 6/25/2010 11:14:26 AM , Rating: 5
the question should be when, not if.


RE: Ban on .xxx domains.
By Motoman on 6/25/2010 3:19:28 PM , Rating: 2
Then where would the dozens of Mac users get their pr0n? :(


Reference overload...
By wuZheng on 6/25/2010 10:27:45 AM , Rating: 2
Byline - "ICANN has porn?"

Quote at bottom - "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone." - Steve Jobs

These made my morning.




RE: Reference overload...
By amanojaku on 6/25/2010 10:30:37 AM , Rating: 2
For me it was the beer, remote and pussy.


RE: Reference overload...
By MrBlastman on 6/25/2010 10:48:29 AM , Rating: 3
Caption for cat:

"I'm on ur couch, strokin my harbls, playin wit my furs."

;)


RE: Reference overload...
By Souka on 6/25/2010 11:11:29 AM , Rating: 1
In related news....

.XXX useage now accounts for 75% of all search results, and 95% of total internet bandwidth useage.


RE: Reference overload...
By Shuxclams on 6/25/2010 1:55:03 PM , Rating: 1
Indeed! :-)


RE: Reference overload...
By xler8r on 6/25/10, Rating: -1
RE: Reference overload...
By Stuka on 6/25/2010 1:33:46 PM , Rating: 2
Reminds me of the old "sound of one hand clapping" shpiel.


Can anyone explain this.
By dark matter on 6/26/2010 4:50:37 AM , Rating: 2
A women takes money and sleeps with a guy (or girl) then she is given the label prostitute. Yet if that very same women takes money and sleeps with a guy (or a girl) and it is filmed for release then she is either a star (porn) or actress (porn).

Anyone like to explain the difference and why we give them different labels.




RE: Can anyone explain this.
By seamonkey79 on 6/26/2010 1:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
Semantics... they're still prostitutes.


RE: Can anyone explain this.
By Akrovah on 6/27/2010 11:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe it has something to do with both of them getting paid?

You know, like some kind of "Prostitute + Jigelow = Porn" thing.


XXX
By SuckRaven on 6/25/2010 4:13:32 PM , Rating: 2
Time to start buying up .xxx domain names, and re-selling them to the porn industry for millions. =)




RE: XXX
By kmmatney on 6/25/2010 4:26:48 PM , Rating: 2
Well, if I owned porn sites, I wouldn't bother putting them on .XXX domains - seems like it would be bad for business, as they are too easily filtered out.

For this rule to have any effect, they would need to force all pront .COM sites to .XXX.


Picture?
By SunAngel on 6/25/2010 11:13:30 AM , Rating: 3
Does that cat have its' hand on its private part?




Lame!
By frobizzle on 6/25/2010 1:04:28 PM , Rating: 2
This is worthless, nothing but a dog and pony show. Porn sites will still want to have .com domains. As others have pointed out, having this new top level domain will only promote censorship.

This idea will be as useless as the little warnings they print on cigarette packages.




Who cares?
By wavetrex on 6/26/2010 1:40:07 PM , Rating: 2
Who cares about .xxx domains or pron websites in general ? Only "newbs" drool over google searches.

Real pr0n addicts know where to get stuff, that is on sites whose names have absolutely no connection with this "xxx" stuff: Bittorr...

(err, nevermind, ignore me.)




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