ICANN Once Again Shoots Down .xxx TLD

from the try-try-again dept

The proposal to create a .xxx top-level domain for porn and adult content has been rejected by ICANN several times, as the group recognizes that it really isn't a very good idea. ICANN has again rejected the proposal, saying the company behind it hadn't adequately addressed previous concerns about how content in the TLD would be policed. What's odd is that ICANN board members said the group shouldn't be in the business of overseeing internet content, because it's inconsistent with its technical role. While that's correct, the position would appear to be at odds with ICANN's approval of the .mobi TLD for mobile content, in which it's given the .mobi registrar the ability to dictate what sort of content appears on sites in the domain (though, it looks as if they won't enforce their rules if you give them enough money). And money, of course, is why all of these useless TLDs keep being proposed and approved. Don't think that the guy behind the repeated .xxx TLD proposal has any sort of altruistic purposes at all -- in his own words, he's doing it "to make a pile of money.". ICANN doesn't need to give him (or anybody else proposing another pointless TLD) that opportunity.
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    Anonymous Coward, 31 Mar 2007 @ 9:54am

    Won't work

    Starting a .xxx won't work. What one person considers porn, another considers art. What one considers art, another considers porn.

    Somone will open a website for their art using a .com address and others will be up in arms claiming it's porn and should use the .xxx address! Then the lawsuits start.

    Others will open a truley pornographic site using a .com address, claiming it's not porn, but rather an educational or art website. Then the lawsuits start.

    Believe it or not, it's not as simple as saying if a website shows a naked body, it's porn. Sex and the human body are not inherently pornographic, except to the naive. Even more, the comment that movies or photographs qualify, but not paintings or cartoons won't work either. I can show you paintings or cartoons that are so realistic, it would take an expert to determine if they were actual photo's or if they were drawn/painted.

    Then what do we do about the great works of the masters? Are they pornographic? Do we limit ourselves to only works of art that are 300 years old or do we allow contemporary artists to produce and post on the internet art that shows the human body?

    In some countries, women walking around topless is considered the norm, yet in the U.S. we consider it obscene. The internet doesn't have boundries like countries do. Given the ubiquitious nature of the internet, we (the global community) will never be able to agree on what's socially acceptable and what's not. That being the case, creating a .xxx address will only result in the lawyers making tons of $, but won't address the issue of keeping our children free of socially unacceptable content on the internet.

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