View Poll Results: Should pornographic websites be given the .xxx domain extension?

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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Manchester, UK

    Talking Explicit XXX Legislation

    I bet the thread title caught your attention, eh?

    Porn Sites to Gain a Top-Level Domain

    It's official—the Web soon will have its own red-light district. This week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved a plan that will allow pornographic Web sites to use URLs that end with ".xxx."
    ICANN first considered this adults-only, top-level domain in 2000, but decided to reject it. That move drew criticism from certain Web groups that said the organization was too "heavy-handed" when it came to deciding on which domains were acceptable. Others domains ICANN has rejected include .mobile, .health and .travel.

    As for this week's decision, ICANN spokesperson Kieran Baker said the nonprofit organization has merely taken the first steps to creating designated adult URLs, and that the Canadian ICM Registry will handle how the new top-level domain, which will be voluntary, is distributed and dealt with.

    "As the tech coordinator, we don't have a role in passing judgment on content," Baker said. "We don't look inside [these sites]; we just let them know to where they get sent."

    That leaves the bulk of the answers about the new online destinations with the ICM Registry, which was unavailable for comment at press time.

    But ICM president Stuart Lawley said in a statement, "By moving forward with .xxx, the online adult-entertainment industry is taking part in a proactive approach to its presence on the Internet, making an identifiable commitment to responsible behavior and to the development of best business practices."

    ICM also posted information about the new adult-oriented destinations, including how and why the new domain will prove to be beneficial, the most repeated comment being that the best-practice guidelines accompanying an .xxx site will relieve pressure from child and family safety groups—namely because a regulatory group that heads up the .xxx domain will set rules as to how and where adult Web sites with that top-level domain operate on the Web.

    Parry Aftab, who serves as executive director of one such group, WiredSafety, said that after many meetings with both online safety and pro-porn groups, she stands behind ICANN's decision.

    Aftab said the creation of the new domain is "good for child safety" and that it gives parents and guardians "a valuable tool to protect their children from inappropriate content on the Internet."

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    Aftab said she was initially approached by ICM's Lawley and was opposed to talking with him. After learning that Lawley was an enterprising businessman and dedicated father—instead of a pornographer—she decided to meet with him to see how the .xxx domain could help protect children in addition to preserving the rights of adult-content creators and consumers.

    She said she thought this was the best time to act, because in two years the domain would have been in the hands of pornographer Larry Flynt, and "that's not acceptable."

    "It isn't a complete solution, but it's a step in the right direction," Aftab added.

    According to the ICM Web site, a voluntary .xxx domain is also necessary to protect the rights of adult-content creators and consumers on the Web. Research shows that the online adult-entertainment industry is one of the largest and fastest-growing parts of the Web. More than 10 percent of all online traffic and 25 percent of all global Internet surfing is for adult-oriented material.

    As a result of these staggering numbers, ICM says the responsibility falls to this voluntary, industry-led movement. The ICM statement says it will promote child-friendly surfing online, promote credible self-regulation for the online adult-entertainment industry and protect freedom of expression for adult-content creators and for Internet users, among others.

    The new .xxx Web sites will start to roll out once ICM and ICANN create and sign a mutual contract. The new domain will cost less than $100 and will be available to registrants willing to adhere to the predetermined best business practices.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    I like it! I would love to see all sites of that nature move to that, to prevent children from getting a site of that nature by accident, especially White House since most children do not know about .gov and only .com. I hope there is a new law ruling that, but I very much doubt that.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    I like the idea......

    Then ya always know where the filth is (And also know where NOT TO GO if you dont wanna see it)

    I hope they make ALL EXISTING PORNO SITES go .xxx also
    Last edited by The Dude; 06-02-2005 at 10:37 PM.

    Tinyurl is the answer for posting long urls!!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Can anybody else imagine the chaos there will be the very second the registrations become open?
    Imagine all the great domains that will be available, and none of them will be taken. Whoever is the fastest will get them.
    It will be as if they erased all the current .com sites and allowed everybody to start new.

    I think it's good though. This way parents who don't want their children to see porn can easily just block the .xxx tld. I don't think all the sites will switch to it however.

    I wonder if google will be the first to register ?
    Haven't been on WHT for 6 years!

  5. #5
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    Oct 2002

    Tinyurl is the answer for posting long urls!!!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Let's see.....
    Or Hmmm Make that forum for adult hosting only and charge a few $$!

    Originally posted by The Dude
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  7. #7
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    May 2004
    Pflugerville, TX
    If they're smart, they will set up some sort of system where current adult site holders on a major TLD (.com/.net/.org, maybe a couple others) would have a specific amount of time to preregister for domains they owned in the .xxx extension, perhaps have a 90 day preregistration period, after which anyone can grab any unregistered domain.

    The big problem I see here is how one determines a global standard for pornography and what governing body will be put in place to judge every individual site that comes under scrutiny by whatever standard is enacted. This would be a monumental task, and presumably an impossible standard to set.

    That being said, the article did state this would be voluntary and self-regulated, which means while it's not necessarily destined to fail, I'd say it's predisposed to failure. Why move away from a coveted .com name and pay 10x as much, when you stand to capture significant traffic keeping the .com name around?
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  8. #8
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    Mar 2004
    Greater Chicagoland
    As much as I'd like to see all the filth confined to .xxx domains the last thing I want is an authority dictating what type of content can be on contained on publicly available TLD's.

  9. #9
    They will cost more, why would anyone want to pay over MORE money for an XXX domain unless they can score a sweet domain?
    This idea WILL flop, you watch.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    limited to one domain, no way. it just seems wrong.

  11. #11
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    Sep 2002
    Imagine all the great domains that will be available, and none of them will be taken.
    Exactly! even...
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  12. #12
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    Dec 2004
    United Kingdom
    Yeah they should do that, But i cant see the scheme being affective considering theres millions of porn sites and they would all be forced to move i think not.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    London UK
    all the big sites can already be easily blocked using netnanny et al.

    it's the small unknown sites, or the link farms that will still be available to anybody to see.
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