Internet bosses set to approve .xxx for porn sites

BRUSSELS Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:40pm EDT

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The company that oversees Web addresses is expected to give the go-ahead on Friday for the creation of a .xxx suffix for websites with pornographic content, company officials indicated on Thursday.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees the Internet on behalf of the U.S. government, has in the past resisted creating a .xxx generic domain name system akin to those for .com and .net.

It has in recent years repeatedly rejected a request by U.S. company ICM Registry Inc. to sign off on the .xxx domain.

But members of ICANN's board have argued that in order to maintain neutrality in dealing with domain name assignations, it should create .xxx and allow websites with sexually explicit content to start using the suffix on a voluntary basis.

"If expedited due diligence results are successful, then staff will proceed into contract negotiations with ICM (over .xxx)," ICANN's general counsel John Jeffrey told delegates at a week-long ICANN meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

Online pornography is a vast industry. Figures collated by Internet Pornography Statistics suggest more than $3,000 is spent on Internet pornography every second, with "sex" the number one search term in the world, accounting for 25 percent of all Internet searches.

With an estimated 370 million pornographic websites on the Internet, .xxx could become one of the largest domain name repositories, as big if not bigger than .com.

But some members of the adult entertainment industry oppose .xxx, saying it will invite censorship and harm their business. Members of the American religious right also oppose its creation on moral grounds.

ICANN is expected to make a formal announcement on its decision on Friday.

(Reporting by Andrea Swalec; Editing by David Holmes)

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OpenDemocracy wrote:
“Members of the American religious right also oppose its creation on moral grounds.”

But isn’t the pornography that they object to already there on at least some of the 370 million so-called pornographic websites? Don’t bother closing the barn door, the horse is already long gone.

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Jun 24, 2010 1:58pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Well, I understand the protestations of some “American religious right” (code word for Christian)folk. I’m not big on labels, so I’m unsure what mine would be, but I think that the porn execs that are leery may be more precient. A .xxx extention would sure simplify identifying trash, and would be much easier for me to block.

Jun 24, 2010 7:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wdamn wrote:
If it really becomes true, the China Government cannot be happier.They can block all this kind websites by designing the censorship.

Jun 25, 2010 7:38am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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