Thursday, March 17, 2011

Obama Ignores Additional Pornography Internet Domain

The porn industry is about to get .xxx as its own .com — and after years of protests by the Bush administration, the Obama administration is standing on the sidelines as it happens.

UPDATE 3/18/11: Pornography .xxx is approved for worldwide use

-- From "Obama administration mum as .xxx nears approval" by Michelle Quinn, Politico 3/17/11

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit California corporation that oversees the creation of top-level domain names like .com, .net and .biz, is expected to approve the .xxx domain on Friday.

The move would cap a struggle that began in 2005 when a Florida company called ICM Registry applied to introduce .xxx as a new suffix for the adult-entertainment industry. Religious groups protested with a letter-writing campaign, and the Bush administration urged ICANN to hold off.

The Obama administration has not taken a public position on .xxx. Asked about the issue this week, a spokeswoman for the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said: "It is premature for us to comment at this time."

The White House declined to comment Wednesday.

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From "Adult Industry Protests .XXX Domain" by Mark Hachman, PC Magazine 3/17/11

The Free Speech Coalition, representing the adult industry, staged a small protest against the proposed .XXX top-level domain outside the ICANN 40 meetings in San Francisco, claiming that it would add undue cost and bureaucracy to an an industry that's already operating smoothly.

However, members of the adult industry said that they had no need of an additional TLD, which would be used to simply either host or redirect content back to their existing pages, most of which use a .com domain.

John Sander, vice president of marketing and business development for, estimated that the new .XXX doamin would cost the company $100,000 per year for the "thousands and thousands of domains" that owns. Sander said that the site's revenue was publicly revealed as about $20 million per year about four years ago, and that the site's revenue had grown "very substantially" since then.

"The industry is concerned about child protection and illegal material being made available on line but does not believe that the TLD XXX will address these issues in any way," Fiona Patten, the chief executive of the Eros Association, covering Australia's adult industry," wrote in a letter to Rod Beckstrom, in April 2010. "There wil still be plenty of adult material on the .com domain and frankly child pornographers are criminals and they will not be concerned about not using a .XXX domain."

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From "Porn stars join religion in protest against .xxx domain" by Alan Cone, 3/9/11

Here is a sudden turn of events: porn stars are siding with those who are against the addition of the proposed .xxx top-level domain.

Both Christian groups and the porn business are opposed to this new domain, causing ICANN to have to create new appeal and review methods to appease all sides. While the rally is nice, it may just become another display that aids the Governmental Advisory Committee, who already disapproves of the proposed domain, in denying the ability for it to become official. That group will also be at the ICANN meeting next week consulting with ICANN over this addition.

Rarely will both Christians and porn stars agree on something, but the vast amount of people opposed to the move from all sides, including the Governmental Advisory Committee that represents many international governments, may be enough to prevent .xxx domains from being approved by ICANN.

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