Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

Summary: ICANN finally approved the Internet's .XXX top-level domain.

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Can you believe it! There's porn on the Internet!

Cue Avenue Q's The Internet is for Porn.

What really happened was that after a decade-long fight, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), at the close of its 40th public meeting in San Francisco finally approved the .XXX top-level domain (TLD http://www.icmregistry.com/news/welcomeapproval.php). According to a PC Magazine report, Peter Dengate Thrush, a New Zealand lawyer and chairman of ICANN, announced today, March 18th, that ICANN had finally approved this red-light district TLD.

If you think this was done with the approval of the adult entertainment industry, you'd think wrong. They hate it. According to a press release by the Free Speech Coalition, an adult industry trade association, FSC Executive Director Diane Duke said, ""Over the past seven years, we have tried to communicate the adult industry's opposition to .XXX at every opportunity, using every means and forum available. We have participated in public comment periods, letter writing, conversations with stakeholders, and testimony at ICANN's public meetings. All three of the world's only existing adult-trade-associations have issued statements in opposition to .XXX."

Why? Evil Angel, a porn company, founder and adult film star John Stagliano explained in the statement, "I do not support this. I would support it only if there were different criteria for the creation of this entity, that would allow anyone to open a dot porn, or whatever that would compete with .XXX. The effect now is to create a monopoly for one company in this area. The adult community has invested in how it is structured now. It is unfair to us all to add an additional expense to our business without competition for the services that this new business, .xxx, would provide."

You see, the .XXX TLD already has an owner, ICM Registry. So if you want an .XXX site, the adult industry fears you'll have to pay ICM big bucks to register it.

ICM, of course, loved this decision. Stuart Lawley, CEO of ICM Registry, the company behind .XXX, said in a statement: "ICANN's decision to give .XXX final approval is a landmark moment for the Internet. For the first time there will be a clearly defined web address for adult entertainment, out of the reach of minors and as free as possible from fraud or malicious computer viruses"

At the same time, though, ICM also states that it has "no affiliation, current or historic, with the adult entertainment industry." I note in passing that ICM's slogan is "Let's be Adult about It..

There's already hysteria over this new TLD from some circles. Fox News has already declared that this new TLD will lead to pornographers trying "to get your children while they are looking for something else, say a game called "play with Carly" … and also make sure they have a tight grip on those children who might already be inclined to experiment with pornography and who now will know exactly where to go to find it, the '.xxx' world." This same Fox News page included an ad for Cialis.

The truth of the matter, of course, that any content-blocking software, such as Net Nanny can be much more easily set to block the entire .XXX TLD then they can be set to block the hundreds of thousands of adult entertainment Web sites already out there.

In the end, I see this as much adieu about nothing. Like it or not, people watch porn, the Internet has made it much easier for anyone and every one to get to it, and approving the use of the .XXX TLD domains isn't going to make any real difference to this situation. Deal with it.

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  • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

    Its going to make finding my porn easier, but don't think this will do a whole lot of good for the internet overall. The companies with established .com addresses are going to stay with those. No rule says you have to move from a .com to .xxx so you still may run into porn sites during your searches. Not that it bothers me or anything, but I can understand it being a problem for the kids.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Anyway, violence that kids are allowed to see on the Internet and elsewhere

      by ours current hypocritical "morals" is much worse. Porn (if not in sick version) at least not about abuse, it is about natural thing that related to very essence of life.

      While I am definitely not for any porn exposure to children, I was always struck by society's double standards/"morals" about this comparing to violence, which does real life harm, not mostly imagined one.
      DDERSSS
      • Of course the problem is...

        @denisrs

        ...the definition of "sick", isn't it?

        According to religious leaders *ANY* porn is sick.

        How objective is your definition of sick? Any better than "I know it when I see it?" :)
        wolf_z
      • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

        @denisrs Porn is definatly NOT natural, sex in the marraige bed is. There is a BIG difference. My mom and step dad own pornoshops and I can tell you it is sick, evil stuff. Here is my story: http://porn-problem.blogspot.com/
        Joey_Smith_Concerned
    • TMI

      @Loverock Davidson
      "Its going to make finding my porn easier"

      TMI, Loverock. TMI...
      Stark_Industries
  • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

    Glenn Quagmire just discovered porn too...man his arm was huge.
    bizarrosteveballmer
  • Can you let us know if

    the .x_x_x will be REQUIRED for companies that deal with things related to sex (e.g., p_0rn)? If so, it means they can no longer use a TLD that is not .x_x_x. Is that correct? <br><br>If it is, then I think it's really great. As you said, the whole TLD can be blocked and anybody trying to show p_0rn on sites that use domains in different TLDs will be found illegal and should undergo some type of punishment immediately. I hope I'm right on this.
    nomorebs
    • Been looking for you

      You raise a good point. You can't possibly believe that every single thing related to sex is a form of porn... after all you'd be relegating 'birds and bees' movies on the Discovery Channel, high school sex ed textbooks, and a lot of biology materials to the Porn Domains.

      So what exactly (as in EXACTLY) did you mean when you asked whether companies that deal with matters related to sex would be required to use a .xxx domain? I ask because Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously said that he could not define obscenity; he knew it when he saw it, but that was the best he could do.

      Are you the guy the world has been waiting for, the one who can finally define what is porn and what isn't?
      Robert Hahn
      • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

        @Robert Hahn : I guess I was a bit broad in my statement. What I meant were websites that require you to verify you are at least 18 years old because the content of the website was sexual. It could be specially easy to target sites that CHARGE you a fee to access that material too. <br><br>Does that sound good enough to you or are you going to keep being philosophical about this. <br><br>Now, if no one with a site of the type I described is required to NOT use any other TLD than .x_x_x, then I don't see the utility of it. Who the heck wants to be easily blocked by using such TLD? It's useless then.
        nomorebs
      • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

        @nomorebs@ You make it sound so easy. If the rule is "they charge money for access," then you just banned The New York Times because they went to a pay-for-access scheme. Same with the Wall Street Journal.

        Japan is full of porn sites. Are you going to ban all of Japan if they don't go along with requiring use of .XXX? Same with Russia, or Libya, or any of two dozen other countries.

        It all sounds easy. Until you try to do it.

        You were right the first time: the XXX TLD is worthless. The people selling porn don't want to use it, and there is no world government that could require it everywhere. And unless it's everywhere, it doesn't work.
        Robert Hahn
      • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

        @Robert Hahn : Do you also have reading comprehension problems? Does the NYT or WSJ show p0_rn? RE-READ what I said, please! I mentioned sites who warned users that they must be 18 years old or older before entering because they contain material of sexu@l nature. When I referred to paid sites I was referring to the subset of those that show the aforementioned warning that also charge for their access. There seems to be law that mandates them to show the warning. <br><br>So, why is mandating them to show such warning not unconstitutional but **also** mandating them to use the XXX TLD is? I don't see it (but it may be, I'm not a lawyer)<br><br>NOTE: Since you have problems understanding what I say, I need to clarify that:<br><br>* I am not trying to convince anyone that those companies must be forced to register domains with the new TLDs. <br><br>* I'm also saying that if they are not mandated to do so, then I don't see the point of the X_X_X TLD since nobody wants to be easily blocked by register a domain in such TLD.<br><br>* I have seen the aforementioned warnings mostly in western countries. I don't know or care whether Japanese do the same. If they don't, that's their business. Do the U.S. mandate them to show warnings? I don't think so. Does that prevent states in the U.S. from forcing companies in the U.S. to show such warnings? No. So, why are you bringing Japan and Russia? If they are fine with anybody showing p0_rn content in any TLD, that's their call.<br><br>* Finally, you said that a judge could not define obscenity. I don't see how is that relevant to p0_rnography in general. For instance, unlike that judge, I don't think that law enforcement has any problem detecting child p0r_nography sites, does it? If it's feasible to detect child p0_rnography, I don't see why is sooo difficult according to you to detect adult p0r_nography.
        nomorebs
      • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

        @Robert Hahn I will tell you what porn is: evil, twisted sexually taken out of context. Sex is good and even holy in the marriage bed, no where else. My Mom and dad own these shops and I can tell you it ain't pretty. I am clean but here is my story: http://porn-problem.blogspot.com/
        Joey_Smith_Concerned
    • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

      @nomorebs My guess would be no. [b]Requiring[/b] adult themed websites to use a .xxx TLD would be equivalent to censoring and would be ruled unconstitutional (at least in the US). There are many ways to prevent and/or reduce accidental exposure, first being by having a frank and open discussion with those whom you are trying to shelter from it. Carte blanche banning is never a good answer.

      Remember, what you consider "obscene" and what I consider to be may vary, individual responsibility is key here.
      JT82
      • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

        @JT82 Those sites are required now to show a warning before anybody can enter into them. Is that unconstitutional too? I don't see what would be the big jump from that to mandate them to use the .x_x_x TLD, but I'm not a lawyer.
        nomorebs
      • its not censoring its regulating

        @JT82
        its not censoring its regulating. When was the last time you went into a book store and seen hard core sexuality on the cover?? So why should they be allowed to trick people into thinking your going to a safe web site only to find out its a porn site.
        How about porn spam? they cant even follow the law as far as stating they are selling porn in the emails. No everything happens for a reason this is 10000% the porn industry's fault for being a bad community unity
        Stan57
  • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

    .xxx will help to double up the number of porn websites, it would be against the law to force adult companies to move to another domain and they are not going to after investing millions on .com, .xxx is just a money spinner giving nothing back to society, I would love to have the monopoly myself, this is also against free market forces.
    malcarada
  • I'm curious

    Is anyone [i]really[/i] under the delusion that using the .xxx domain will keep porn - as Stuart Lawley put it - "out of the reach of minors"?

    That said, why not? it makes a lot more sense than ".biz"
    UrNotPayingAttention
  • RE: Oh my God! Porn is officially on the Internet!

    They should require them to go to .xxx to make it easier to block.
    Common sense tells us what porn is. Use it.
    swcook6
    • Common sense...

      @swcook6

      Has no place in a court of law. Which is where this would end up.

      If even *A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE* can't define porn, how do you expect anyone else to?

      Sure, there are lots of clear cut examples, like if the sex is explicit and intended to arouse the watcher--but then again there are lots of ways to make even *that* non-pornographic.

      Of course if you want to be *literal* in your definitions, nothing on the net is truly pornographic, which literally means "written by prostitutes". :)
      wolf_z
  • But will anybody use it?

    But will the porn "industry" really use it?

    Chances are, you'll still need to block a gazillion non .xxx domains in addition to the .xxx domain itself. Regardless of intentions, I doubt it will be effective.
    CobraA1