Adult industry welcomes .XXX domain rejection

Adult industry welcomes .XXX domain rejection

Summary: Creating an Internet red light district goes against the adult industry's desire to make adult content more mainstream, says one insider. But the company that pushed for .XXX insists the idea had support

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Adult companies have joined conservative groups in celebrating ICANN's decision to reject the creation of a domain for adult Web sites.

On Wednesday, the Internet regulator voted against the proposal, which would have led to the creation of a .XXX domain suffix for pornography sites. Conservative groups in the US, such as the Family Research Council, have welcomed the decision.

"This would have been a land grab for pornographers, and ICANN did absolutely the right thing,'' Charmaine Yoest, a vice-president of the Family Research Council, told Bloomberg.

Some in the adult industry are equally happy about the decision. Adult industry observer Scott McGowan said he "just couldn’t be happier", in an article on the EyeOnAdult Web site. He claimed that ICM Registry, which proposed the new top-level domain, was purely driven by the desire to make money.

"When conservatives and the porn industry actually agree on something, it kind of says something, even if their motivations come from different places." said McGowan.

"It’s my belief that everyone saw this for exactly what it was, a get-rich-quick scheme. ICM wanted to play God, recreate the online adult industry in their own image, and reap the benefits," he said.

Clinton Alexander, a US-based Web designer who has worked for a number of adult sites, claimed that adult companies had little to gain from switching to the .XXX domain.

"Out of all the parties involved with the decision, only one of them actually wanted the .xxx suffix: the ICM Registry. The only real reason they wanted it is they see it as a possible gold mine," he said.

"Adult companies do not want an .XXX domain because there is no additional profit in it (in fact, there is additional cost) and exposes them to possible future regulation. What’s the point of moving an extremely popular and profitable website from a .com to a .XXX domain?"

Alexander added that adult companies actually want to make content more mainstream and claimed the majority were therefore opposed to the .XXX domain.

"The idea in the adult entertainment industry is to mainstream adult content to the point where it is not different from selling any other commodity, such as groceries," Alexander said. "The more publicly mainstream porn becomes the more money the adult entertainment companies make...Creating an 'Internet red light district' goes against mainstreaming adult content, so most of the producers I know were against the .XXX suffix from the beginning of the debate."

Stuart Lawley, the chairman and president of ICM Registry, disagreed on Friday with the comments made by McGowan and Alexander.

Many of the worlds biggest adult providers had agreed to participate with the .XXX scheme voluntarily, as well as adult companies from over 70 countries, according to Lawley, although he was unable to provide the names of the companies as they are "confidential".

Lawley said it was in the interest of adult companies to participate as they could "clearly label themselves" and avoid being confused with the illegal child pornography industry.

"In layman terms, the porn and child porn industry get intermingled. Legitimate adult industry companies do not deal with child pornography," Lawley said. "This scheme would allow adult companies to step forward and clearly identify themselves as a legitmate adult entertainment site."

Lawley also disagreed that the .XXX domain was purely a "get rich quick scheme" pointing out that ICM Registry had offered to donate $10 annually per domain to charities that fight child pornography. "This could have been five or ten million dollars per year, which is a pretty good effort," he said. "Other [domain owners] give only $1 per domain per year."

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  • hahahah reverse psychology
    anonymous
  • "The idea in the adult entertainment industry is to mainstream adult content to the point where it is not different from selling any other commodity, such as groceries,"

    Do these idiots think porn isn't mainstream already?!?! Maybe they're looking at a different "internet" than I am.

    If there were a .xxx domain it would be too easy for me to pop it into my blocked site list on my router and not worry about it popping up anymore. Better yet, in a perfect world porn sites would be REQUIRED to have a .xxx domain then I could block ALL in one fell swoop and keep my kids from seeing any of it. But no... it is far better that I have to screw around with hundreds of killwordsand mail filters and try to block stuff manually.

    No, those of you out there who are narrowminded and ready to fight, I am not against pornography. In fact I like porn... but I am against these arseholes pretending to care about kid's best interests while hiring 3rd party advertisers to spam every mailbox in the world and shoving porn pop-ups down people's throats. Hypocricy breeds contempt.
    anonymous
  • This whole thing is sooo rediculous. If the intent is to setup the Internet so that porn can easily be filtered out of one's Internet pages, then why are they coming up with all these bogus reasons for killing the project. Either the controller's of the Internet want to filter porn or not. There is no question that forcing porn sites to use a particular domain will work or not, because it will. Under the proposed rule, if a web site operator runs a porn site and is not using the designated domain, after a single report, his domain can be cutoff on the top level servers, removing him from the Internet. Nothing he can do to stop it either. Once all porn was being ran out of a designated domain channel, it would be very easy to filer them out of email, web adds, spam, viruses, etc. The real reason that this got killed is because somebody making the decisions got paid to change their mind.
    anonymous
  • What is the real deal?? It would be so easy to block porn from all computers if the .xxx was required to be used by any site posting anything porn. The other sites on the web could then use the movie and tv ratings system to rate there sites. This was insider payoffs at its hightest level. Someone at the internet office was paid off, either with cash, promises, or gifts. SIMPLE PAYOFF POLTICS
    anonymous
  • porn is a horrible thing and should not be available on the internet AT ALL!!!!
    anonymous
  • Like smoking and drugs, you talk about it to your kids if you wanna keep them at a safe distance. And then, come on now, porn is something everyone will get into at some level or the other....so dont make it an issue...just let it go. The world is already living with it ...Relax !
    anonymous
  • ICM Registry knows this would do nothing to curtail the accessability of porn on the internet. The proposed 70 dollar price tag for a .XXX domain tells where ICMR is coming from.

    We already register sites with all sorts of blocking software like net nanny and ASACP

    The real way to protect your children is a .KIDS domain and a browser that will only access .kids domains and miscrosoft making windows easier to administer so that you can keep your kids from installing programs to circumvent this measure.

    Kids don't get porn from adult websites...we want to make money and kids dont have credit cards...They do get it from peer to peer sites that are clearly providing illegal products of all kinds.

    It may be easier to blame pornographers than to look in the mirror and admit that you let the computer babysit your children for you, but when the chickens come home to roost...They wont be at my house.
    anonymous