Universities Buying Up .xxx Domains To Stop Porn Sites Showing, Once Again, That .xxx Is A Pure Money Grab

from the .xxx dept

For many years, we've pointed out that the introduction of new top level domains (TLDs) has always been more about the cash grab than anything reasonable. The whole point is to get a bunch of companies to pay up to buy theirdomain.tld, just to prevent others from squatting. And now that .xxx is around, the same thing is happening... even to the point that Universities and colleges are buying up .xxx domains to keep them away from porn sites. Of course, this is a total waste of money, but various schools feel they need to do it. In the end, it seems like these new TLDs come across more as a protection racket than anything else. You feel the need to buy them... or run the risk of someone else "doing something bad" with them.

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    btr1701 (profile), 18 Nov 2011 @ 9:18am

    Re:

    > congress will certainly make .xxx domain mandatory, and it
    > will pass because because as long as it is still accessible
    > and not modified there is no free speech issue.

    Except for the fact that Congress doesn't have authority over the whole planet. How are they going to force a German or Russian or Brazilian web site to abide by the XXX domain law they pass?

    And who gets to decide what's sexual enough to qualify? Some people don't think anything short of full penetration shots qualifies as porn. Others think the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue or the Victoria's Secret Lingerie Show or major network TV shows are porn. Some ultra-religious people believe anytime a woman is shown with *any* part of her body uncovered, it's porn.

    Whose values is Congress going to codify into the law in the US? And won't those people whose values don't make the cut have a 1st Amendment claim?

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