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With Friends Like ICM Registry, Who Needs Enemies?

23 Mar

With Friends Like ICM Registry, Who Needs Enemies?

What do you get for the man who has everything? If you’re ICANN, apparently you hand the .XXX sTLD over to ICM Registry no matter how many people oppose it or what damage it could do for the supposed sponsored community.

Already the headlines are flying — with misinformation spread by both those who oppose and support the new TLD.

“Critics say XXX domain only creates more porn,” hyperventilates Christian Today.

“Obscenity gets green light with ‘.xxx’ domain,” the Florida Baptist Witness declares, misrepresenting the domain’s contents in an attempt to instill moral outrage above and beyond the call of duty. In case that doesn’t get folks worked up enough, the writer stokes the fire by claiming that the internet “harbors a dark side that has ensnared countless men, boys and increasingly women and girls. That realm of darkness is now expanding.”

“No Kisses for ICANN’s Approval of .XXX Internet Domain Name,” the Family Research Council pouts… as though it would actually kiss anyone foolish enough to ask it out on a date. The FRC also insists that the domain extension will house “pornography and obscenity.”

Meanwhile, President Bill Clinton pops off about .XXX as though he has any idea what he’s talking about…

… and President Obama is attacked for not taking a stand on .XXX.

Most annoying to me, is the mindless media myth that this ruling is welcomed by the adult industry. One blogger even claims this is a “happy ending” for adult sites.

And through it all, the number of pre-registered sites is used as proof of that industry happiness.

While this is to be expected since the subject is sex, the adult entertainment industry doesn’t need even more heat focused on it by the relentlessly hot but dim forces desperate to sent its workforce into unemployment lines, if not prison cells.  It’s inevitable now, however — and any boost in harassment from government or religious agencies will deserve to be placed at the feet of Stuart Lawley and ICM Registry.

– Darklady

 

Big News Day — Webmasters Protest .XXX While Some Speculate that ICANN is Going Rogue

18 Mar

Today really kept me hopping with articles to add to the sidebar — and figuring out which one of these two headlines should go into the main page. I ultimately decided that both are important and deserve to share this update.

It’s an interesting progression of stories. The adult industry once again expresses its distrust and dissatisfaction with .XXX and ICM Registry (along with various governments and religious groups) while people speculate about whether ICANN is just going to do what it wants regardless of what anyone else thinks.

We live in interesting times.

– Darklady

25 Adult Webmasters Protest .XXX at ICANN Meeting

Adult site owners protest at ICANN meeting.

About 25 adult webmasters — and one homeless guy who’s been hanging out outside the ICANN meeting all week — joined together to protest the .XXX top level domain name this afternoon in San Francisco.

The protest was organized by Free Speech Coalition.

25 Adult-Webmasters Protest .XXX at ICANN meeting

To read more, visit: Domain Name Wire

Is ICANN Getting Ready To Approve .XXX Over The Objection Of The Government Advisory Counsel (GAC)?

The Government Advisory Council (GAC) gave its report on the .XXX extension to the ICANN board this morning and it sounds like the ICANN board is getting ready to approve the .XXX extension in a vote over the GAC’s objection on Friday Morning.

Here is the statement of the GAC and the board from this morning’s session.

Read through it and see what you think:

“The GAC has prepared a statement of advice, and iIcan read that to the room now, and read it into the record.”

“There is no active support of the GAC for the introduction of the .XXX top-level domain.”

To read more, visit: The Domains

 

UnitedDomains.com Starts Taking Free Pre-Reservations For new gTLD Domains

12 Mar


Let the .XXX domain registration cat fights begin!

– Darklady

UnitedDomains.com Starts Taking Free Pre-Reservations For new gTLD Domains

Pool.com has been taking pre-reservations for domain names for anticipated new gTLD extensions for well over a year.

Now another registrar, UnitedDomains.com started yesterday to accept the pre-reservations for some of the anticipated new gTLD extensions including .gay, .hotels, .nyc, .berlin, .eco, .sfo and .film.

UnitedDomains.com has received almost 5,000 reservations as of time of publication.

There is no charge for the pre-registrations but of course no guarantee that these extensions will ever exist, nor that any of these domains will be registered to the pre-registration applicant.

UnitedDomains.com is also taking pre-reservations for .XXX which is not a new gTLD but which is up for approval next week in San Francisco.

However the sponsor of the .XXX extension, the ICM Registry has also taken pre-registrations of its own for a number of years.

Learn more on TheDomains.com

 
 

Lawley Waffles Anew on .XXX Registration Prices

10 Mar

It’s a frickin’ shell game with Lawley! Does he wake up each morning and just toss a dart at a board with different prices? Where’s the money going, ICM Registry? Into your legal defense fund? Your travel fund? Your TLD gambling fund? Your next divorce settlement? To “protect children?” To “protect” adult performers?

Why should we doubt these two entities when they’ve been so open, honest, respectful, and consistent?

This sTLD “resort” increasingly reminds me Sun City back in the late 1980s… a paradise for wealthy, out-of-touch folks from out of town who don’t care what’s happening on the other side of their gates.

I dunno about anyone else, but “I won’t play Sun City!”

– Darklady

Stuart Lawley Interview at DOMAINfest 2011 in Santa Monica from ICM Registry on Vimeo.

 
 

US Gov’t Interest In Domain Name Veto Represents Yet Another PR Nightmare

10 Feb

Wow. We didn’t see this one coming, did we?

Actually, we did. But who listens to us? We’re just members of the adult entertainment industry. What could we possibly know about… oh, anything, really, right? ICM Registry has certainly appeared to have come to that conclusion.

Egypt recently demonstrated internet censorship on a national level by simply… cutting access for everyone (except, presumably, top government officials/agencies.) That, in and of itself, should chill the virtual marrow of anyone who believes in the free and reasonably unfettered exchange of information. Of course, so much depends upon the definition of “reasonably” and “unfettered.”

Fortunately, the situation in Egypt, like that in Iran previously, also showed the world that those who truly want to reach the other side of the virtual wall of silence can — with a little help from their social network/microblogging friends.

That’s reassuring… but why should we need that kind of reassurance?

– Darklady

US Gov’t Interest In Domain Name Veto Represents Yet Another PR Nightmare
from the does-no-one-think-about-this-stuff dept

Last week, someone had sent over a document purporting to be from the Commerce Department advocating that ICANN’s new open top level domain plan include a “government veto,” that would let various government agencies seek to block a particular TLD. We didn’t write about it at the time, because I couldn’t confirm that it was real, and the whole thing seemed so ridiculous and short-sighted I didn’t think that it could have really come out of the Commerce Department. Lesson learned: never underestimate the Commerce Department’s ability to make really bad decisions.

It appears that it’s now been confirmed that the Commerce Department really does want veto power for any government over a particular TLD. The reports suggest that there’s concern about TLD’s like “.gay” which some countries may not like, and some of the fear is driven by the .xxx debacle, when ICANN initially approved a .xxx domain, thinking it would be a “redlight district” for porn, but then after public outcry, the US government pressured ICANN to change its mind. This was especially funny because no one seemed sure whether or not .xxx was good or bad for kids. There were some people who thought .xxx would be “good” for kids by creating an area that was easy to rope off and keep kids out of. Others argued that .xxx was bad because it admitted that porn existed (or something like that).

To read more, visit: Techdirt and check for similar articles in the sidebar.

 
 

Wasteland’s Rowntree to Receive FSC Leadership Award

08 Feb

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION

February 7, 2011
Contact: Diane Duke

Wasteland’s Rowntree to Receive FSC Leadership Award

CANOGA PARK, Calif. – Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is proud to announce that Wastelend.com CEO Colin Rowntree will receive the FSC Leadership Award, to be presented at the XBIZ Awards on Wednesday night.

“Colin volunteered his time and efforts to oppose the proposed .XXX sponsored top level domains – an issue that FSC has been dealing with for nearly ten years,” FSC Executive Director Diane Duke said. “By dedicating himself to spreading the message on .XXX opposition, Colin not only went above and beyond to support FSC, but also to reach out to his colleagues and peers in the industry.

“Colin’s work exemplifies the kind of community-building that the adult industry needs in order to face the issues that challenge us today,” Duke added.

Rowntree produced and directed .XXX – The Movie, a public service announcement on behalf of .XXX opposition and featuring industry leaders including John Stagliano (Evil Angel CEO), Ron Cadwell (CCBill CEO), Peter Acworth (Kink CEO), Mitch Farber (Netbilling CEO), among others. The video’s script was written by FSC Board member Theresa “Darklady” Reed.
(Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi066qFMJcI ).

FSC’s Leadership Award is presented to the adult entertainment industry business or individual who demonstrates excellence in the adult entertainment industry in leading by example. This award can be given for community service, activism, creating a positive and outstanding work environment, innovations and other qualities that lift the business or individual above the rest.

The XBIZ Awards are to be held February 9, at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA.

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The Free Speech Coalition is the national trade organization to the adult entertainment industry. Its mission is to lead, protect and support the growth and well-being of the adult entertainment community.

 

.XXX Demands Approval in Brussels

27 Jan

I’m not without sympathy for the situation that ICM Registry and Stuart Lawley have found themselves in. Nobody likes to realize that they’ve just executed a brilliant and high profile re-enactment of the Pearl Harbor attack using their business.

On the other hand, just because someone dumps a load of money into a hole doesn’t mean that the world owes them the right to declare the hole a resort and insist that everyone affirm their delusion.

Given how willing Lawley has been to assure adult web professionals that he’s a wealthy, successful, hard-working businessman with an amazing product that every adult webmaster will want and should be eager to fork over good money and more for… it’s hard not to take at least a wee bit of satisfaction in the fact that he and his company aren’t feeling quite so smug anymore.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out, that’s the one certainty in this situation.

– Darklady

.XXX Demands Approval in Brussels

ICM Registry has called on ICANN to quickly give final approval to its .xxx top-level domain contract after its meeting with governments next month.

Company president Stuart Lawley, in a letter to ICANN (pdf), said ICM has “invested extraordinary resources” in its TLD proposal and has waited almost seven years to get into the DNS root.

Its hopes of getting the nod from ICANN’s board of directors in Cartagena last month were dashed, when it was decided that a final consultation with the Governmental Advisory Committee was required.

That consultation is set to take place in Brussels at the end of February (although ICANN’s announcement of the meeting last Friday conspicuously made no mention of .xxx).

To learn more, visit: Domain Incite

 
 

New TLDs may face more GAC delay

23 Jan

There are times when it almost seems like GAC isn’t a big fan of ICM Registry, the friend of all adult internet professionals and their site visitors.

For whatever reason, neither it nor ICANN mentioned .XXX in relation to this postponement in fulfilling the dreams of several TLD hopefuls — including the only one that has so divided the two entities that ICANN quoted chapter and verse to GAC for not green lighting the porn “resort.”

This should be interesting… and March should be fascinating.

– Darklady

New TLDs may face more GAC delay

ICANN has finally confirmed the date for its groundbreaking meeting with its Governmental Advisory Committee, and it doesn’t look like great news for new top-level domain applicants.

The GAC and ICANN’s board of directors will meet for a two-day consultation in Brussels, starting February 28, according to an announcement late yesterday.

Attendees will be tasked with identifying the problems the GAC still has with the Applicant Guidebook, and trying to resolve as many as possible.

The devil is in the detail, however. ICANN stated:

This meeting is not intended to address the requirements/steps outlined in the Bylaws mandated Board-GAC consultation process.

This means that, post-Brussels, a second GAC consultation will be required before the ICANN board will be able to approve the Guidebook.

Learn more at: Domain Incite

 
 

Network Solutions will sell .xxx domains

15 Jan

All I want to know is why prostitution is illegal, but Network Solutions can sell ICM Registry .XXX domains. Seems so wrong on so many levels.

– Darklady

Network Solutions will sell .xxx domains

Network Solutions has become the first big-name registrar to show that it will support the proposed .xxx top-level domain.

This page has recently appeared on the NSI site, accessible from the company’s home page through the link “.xxx Coming Soon”.

NSI appears confident that ICANN will approve the TLD soon:

.XXX will be launching shortly and Network Solutions is working with ICM Registry to provide informational services for our customers that wish to take advantage of the launch and register domain names.

The TLD is currently being tied up by ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee, but many believe it’s likely to be a shoo-in at the San Francisco meeting in March or sooner.

Learn more at: Domain Incite

 
 

Should ISPs Censor Porn?

21 Dec

How absolutely thoughtful of ICM Registry and Stuart Lawley to offer to make the process of censoring porn so much easier!

Yeah, they’re on our side.

Thanks so much, you guys.

– Darklady

Should ISPs Censor Porn?

UK Conservatives usually lean left of American Democrats, but their latest porn-blocking proposal appears to take a cue from the right.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, UK culture minister Ed Vaizey announced his desire to block pornography from the “source”- the Internet service provider (ISP). Unsurprisingly, his controversial decision has made some UK mobile carriers roll their eyes.

“It’s technically not possible to completely block this stuff,” Trefor Davies, chief technology officer at ISP Timico, told the BBC.

ISPs can only censor sites by selecting specific IP addresses to block. The problem is, most Web sites share IP addresses, so blocking one site would block many, possibly unrelated, sites. This isn’t a problem if you live in China, or a country that doesn’t mind overblocking. Earlier this year Australia appeared to go down this path but is probably stepping away after learning what it entailed.

To read more, visit: PC Magazine

 
 

Mansion Built for British Billionaire Family Goes on Auction Block

15 Dec

Have you ever wondered just who the heck this Stuart Lawley guy is and why he’s so determined to force through an sTLD that nobody except himself seems to be enthusiastic about?

This article certainly doesn’t answer any of those questions, but it does provide a few answers about Lawley’s past for those of us who were blissfully unaware of his presence until it started to complicate an already complex process of expressing ourselves in a sexually frank way online and, in some of our cases, making money while doing so… during the worst recession this nation has ever known.

I’ve got nothing against rich people. Heck, I hope to be one of them someday! I have a problem with rich people who seem to think they’re better than the people they claim to want to offer services to, however. As someone who has gone through a divorce, I empathize with Lawley and his soon-to-be-ex… but I still don’t like how he’s conducting himself in the matter of .XXX and the adult entertainment industry and concerned free speech advocates.

That makes it a bit difficult to have much sympathy for the guy, but it does make learning more about what’s going on with him fascinating. Somehow I don’t think taking a loss on this house will cause Lawley or ICM Registry nearly as much inconvenience as the launch of a .XXX sTLD will cause for those of us who hope ICANN sees sense and denies the request.

I am sick of reading articles by writers or with comments enthusiastically supporting .XXX — because it will make it easy to block or filter the traffic.

Some “resort” that would be, Stuart.

BTW — Don’t forget to check out the links on the right. New articles are added throughout each week.

Those of you who have asked what’s up with ASACP and its refusal to take a stand on this issue even when it’s been misrepresented by ICM Registry and Lawley: I am looking for answers to your questions.

– Darklady

Villa Del Fiume, Pаrt Deux: Tһе English Lineage Continues, Attracting A Second British Family οf Wealth

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To read more, visit: Currency Trading Exchange Guide

 

.XXX debate could test GAC powers

03 Nov

Producers of erotic materials have been innovators and horizon walkers since cave painting days. Ironically, we’re still getting turned on by the same things — including some of the supposedly more exotic same things.

Sexually frank sights, sounds, and stories have long forced societies to confront their short-comings and fears… and now the question of whether an .XXX sTDL belongs on the internet puts ICANN in the position of doing some administrative self-inventory.

The additional wait has to be making ICM Registry’s metaphorical sphincter clench. I don’t have a problem with that. Better its than ours.

– Darklady

The long-running .xxx top-level domain saga has tested ICANN processes to their limits over the last decade, and it looks like it may do so at least one more time.

Digging a little deeper into the board’s decision to consult with its Governmental Advisory Committee before approving the TLD, it looks like the discussion will be quite broad-based.

The .xxx consultation could in fact have consequences for the board/GAC power balance, helping define the parameters of their future interactions.

This PDF, published at the same time as last week’s board resolution on .xxx, outlines three GAC positions that could have a bearing on the matter.

The first is its communiqué from the Wellington meeting in 2007, which noted that several GAC members were “emphatically opposed” to the introduction of .xxx.

The GAC operates on a consensus basis. When it can’t find consensus, its communiqués also reflect minority positions. So ICANN now wants to know whether the Wellington letter constitutes GAC “advice”.

To read more, visit: DomainIncite

 
 

Politics and Internet Governance

21 Sep

The international online community is naturally sensitive to the possibility that the United States might want to keep control of the internet and its crankiness about .XXX may well feed that sensitivity, if this article is to be believed.

This is one more reason that it’s vitally important for those of us in the online adult entertainment industry (as well as those offering frank, non-”porn” content) to make sure it’s understood that it’s not just the US government that doesn’t want .XXX — it’s also the people who qualify for membership in the sTLD community.

Time is running out, so send your comments to ICANN before September 23.

Need inspiration? Other comments can be viewed at xxx-revised-icm-agreement.

“Most users today seem to approach the existence and configuration of the Internet with the same vague appreciation they bring to the supply of, say, electricity. We generally take it for granted, and assume that its specific parameters and characteristics just sort of happened – as if by some law of nature – in the ways that we experience and take advantage of them today. From a security perspective, we are also aware that we depend hugely upon the system, and understand or intuit at some level that this entails great vulnerability to the system being degraded or shut down by those who wish us ill.

What is less appreciated, however, is how contingent the Internet’s current organization actually is, how much this arrangement is the product of choices that have in recent years become subject to political contestation, and how much the thing we take most for granted and regard as being the most fundamental characteristic of the modern Internet – its role as a boundary-erosive, information-aggregating, and ubiquitously-accessible global data “superhighway” – is in fact still somewhat up for grabs. Most users probably fail to appreciate the degree to which, quite apart from issues of “cyber security” as they are usually understood in the West, a struggle has been underway for the last few years over who will control the Internet’s future, and to what end…”

To read more, visit: Hudson

 
 

FSC Panel Puts the Dot in XXX at The AVN Show

11 Aug

It looks like everybody at the AVN Show likes a satirical video — but they also realize that this is serious business… and that no one who actually works in the adult industry seems to know anyone in the adult industry who supports the .XXX sTLD.

How can that be, given that Lawley insists he has thousands of reserved domain name requests from enthusiastic site owners and a mysterious, but enormous, horde of supporters?

Why all the secrecy, especially while complaining that ICANN isn’t being transparent enough for ICM Registry’s comfort?

–Darklady

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) organized a panel Saturday morning at The AVN Show that featured several members of the adult industry speaking to a room full of attendees about their concerns regarding the planned dot-XXX sTLD. The hour-long session also kicked off with the debut of a short film that satirized the ICM Registry application…

To read more, visit: AVN

 
 

Judgment day for .xxx and .jobs

05 Aug

This blogger thinks that both of the proposed TLDs will move forward — and ICM Registry certainly thinks its going to inherit the world, or at least a fair segment of its wide web, so perhaps today really is the day that Stuart Lawley and his mysterious team members have been dreaming of. Hopefully ICANN has better sense than that, however.

– Darklady

ICM Registry will find out whether its contract to run .xxx will have to face a potentially lengthy review by ICANN’s notoriously slow-footed Governmental Advisory Committee.

To read more, visit: Domain Incite

 
 

FSC Announces Lineup for .XXX Panel at The AVN Show

04 Aug

Oh, to be a butterfly on the wall during this panel, especially since non-industry professional Stuart Lawley claims he’ll be in attendance.

This is an impressive lineup of people who “get” the online adult entertainment industry and are capable of articulating what they know.

– Darklady

Titled “Dot-XXX: A Broad-based Perspective from Industry Leaders,” the panel includes Duke, Hustler President Michael Klein, BurningAngel.com founder Joanna Angel, and MiKandi Chief Software Architect Christopher Lewicki. The panel will be moderated by Wasteland.com founder Colin Rowntree…

To read more, visit: AVN

 
 

83 percent say Yes! to .xxx in CNN poll

04 Aug

I’ve heard it said that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics. This piece of self-serving nonsense certainly qualifies for all three.

Who knew that when Stuart Lawley insists that there is overwhelming support for the .XXX sTLD he’s referring to people who won’t be purchasing them! It would certainly explain his numbers, given that I’ve never met anyone who thought this thing was a good idea, except for people who want to be able to block sexually frank expression from the rest of the internet.

My favorite part of this bit of back-patting is where he refers to the actual adult online industry (indirectly, of course) as “opponents of dot-xxx” who falsely claim “there is no support for the top-level domain…”

Of course there’s support — just not among the community targeted for this so-called service.

– Darklady

Do people really want a special dot-xxx Internet extension for adult content? Well, according to the 240,000 people that entered a CNN poll, the answer is a very definite ‘Yes!’

To read more, visit: ICM Registry Blog

Watch more adult webmasters oppose .XXX and Lawley once again promise to contribute a portion of the domain registration to child protection:

Porn Sites Closer to .xxx Web Address

 
 

See you at ICANN Cartagena!

04 Aug

There’s nothing like greasing the wheels of commerce in the hopes of seeing them slip into your professional ruts. Lawley promises “one hell of a party” if .XXX is approved at the Cartagena meeting. My guess is that there will be far more dancing by those of us in the industry if ICANN wisely gives this sTLD a pass.

– Darklady

We are pleased to announce that ICM Registry is a Silver sponsor of the upcoming ICANN meeting in Cartagena in December…

To read more, visit: ICM Registry Blog

 
 
 
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