Adult Industry Fighting ‘.XXX’ Internet Domain Change

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Members of the adult entertainment industry are in San Francisco to oppose a plan to create a separate Internet address for porn websites.

After a decade-long debate, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, decided in December to proceed with the “.xxx” domain name suffix to stand alongside “.com” and “.org”.

ICANN is taking public commentary on the issue at its conference Thursday, and adult industry representatives say they will speak out against the plan.

ICM Registry LLC, which wants to sell the domain names, says the “.xxx” suffix will help customers find adult sites.

But the industry argues it will cost website operators millions in unnecessary fees and make porn sites easier to block by governments.

About two dozen people protested outside ICANN’s meeting, chanting “We like porn. No to xxx.”

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  1. ILLEGALS says:

    domain.xxx is a good idea. So now it’s easier for me to censor & ban x-rated sites from users/kids.

  2. Michael Whiteacre says:

    Nothing says freedom like separate but equal. To quote/paraphrase Ann Kuch, who commented on this recently:

    Anyone concerned about the strong hand of government — and the censorship of the internet should see the problem here.

    Before .xxx has even been approved, Senator Max Bachus introduced legislation to MANDATE that all adult companies move from .com to .xxx

    .xxx sites can then be easily censored by any government in the world. ICANN was presented with a copy of this proposed legislation. ICANN is well aware that .XXX shall lead to censorship (as well as fragmentation) of the internet.

    If ICANN were to approve TLDs that identified the TYPE OF ACTIVITY taking place, like .shopping, .researching, .programming, etc., there would be little or no controversy. However, as long as ICANN works to separate the internet based on content (.xxx), or group identity(.gay)?, this controversy will persist.

    We should not be separated by WHO we are or WHAT we are saying. Instead, we should only be separated by the way in which we intend to USE the internet. That would serve the best interest of the internet community as a whole.

    .XXX is an outrageous money grab by Stuart Lawley of a company called ICM. He has nothing to do with the adult industry, and seems to have contempt for those who do. .XXX is more like xxxtortion, if your read the details.

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