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Between a Laugh and a Tear

17 Aug

Nothing to See Here

Sometimes ya don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Fortunately, in America we don’t need to choose; we can enjoy them together or separately. A prime example is the current battle of the titanic sphincters known as Patrick Trueman of Morality in Media and, well, you know who from you know where.

Trueman has gone whining to the very government he otherwise has little regard for because .XXX just isn’t popular enough with pornographers. We were all supposed to pack our bags and rush into the arms of that other guy and his shiny new online resort. But we didn’t. So he wants the feds to, like, do something about it.

There’s nothing new about the perpetual threat of legal action or for a rallying of the G-Men against the latest offenders of public morality. It’s just rare to see it turned against such a deserving target for such an ironic reason.

xBiz: Morality in Media Asks The Feds To Probe ICM Registry Over .XXX .Porn

According to xBiz.com, Morality in Media has called on federal authorities to probe ICM Registry after the operator of the .XXX TLD received initial approval for the .porn gTLD.

“The anti-porn group, led by Patrick Trueman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity unit, said that the establishment of a .porn domain will increase the spread of online porn.”

“Trueman, who has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the registry because it may be in violation of federal obscenity laws, says his group is angered over the way .xxx has evolved in its first 20 months.”

“”The .xxx domain advocates said these domains would solve the Internet’s porn problem with pornography companies leaving the .com domain and relocating on .xxx, making the rest of the Internet porn-free,” Trueman said. “But porn companies did not give up their .com sites and instead opened additional sites.”

Read more at The Domains.

 

Wham, Bam, Thank You Ma’am

06 Oct

Everybody’s favorite reason to hate .XXX (aka Stuart Lawley) has had a lot to say about how those of us who work and play within the adult entertainment industry don’t know what we’re talking about when we talk about the adult entertainment industry.

Or the internet.

Or marketing our product.

Or much of anything else, including and especially .XXX — which he’s assured us will change the way the world sees pornography, sexuality, internet commerce, and his brilliance.

Alas for the real world of .XXX consumers, that doesn’t seem to be universally the case. Most of those who’ve ponied up the big bucks have either confessed to doing so out of professional fear of losing their brand’s integrity or haven’t admitted it to anyone other than perhaps their priest, mistress, or beer buddies.

Finally, a brave voice in the online wilderness has raised itself above the hype. Hopefully it will inspire others to come forward, as well.

Let’s keep speaking truth to arrogance!

– Darklady

Another Example that . XXX Domains are a Screw Job

Janey Web writes: Before I start my rant feel free to tell me I should never have bothered with .xxx – I know now that is just what I should have done…Having been completely taken in by the registry’s sales pitch and in the hope of securing ‘my’ domains, I went ahead and followed their procedures… FOOL!

I am aware how the majority of you feel about this process and so won’t expect any sympathy, I just want to document this in case anyone else is even considering buying (or trying to buy) theirs.

I ‘pre-reserved’ – now this is being called ‘expressed an interest in’- ‘my’.xxx domain. I joined the ‘sponsored adult community’ – yes I know… MUG!

I have owned and operated janeyweb.com since 2000. I also own a large suite of top level domains (.coms and .co.uks as we are UK based) most of which contain janeyweb or janey in them.

My company trades as Janey Web Productions Ltd. My stage name is Janey Web.

Our registrar secured one .xxx domain with no problem – www.janeysweb.xxx – this in fact is a name we did not oringinally ‘express an interest’ in, we just decided to get it as we use the .com as a pay site.

We were then told by the registrar that janeyweb.xxx AND the second domain we were ‘interested in’ were blocked so they couldn’t buy them for us.

Read more about Janey’s screw-job from ICM Registry on Adult GYI.

 
 

ICM Speedboats its Message to the Masses

02 Oct

Sorry to vanish for so long and leave you update-less. While it gives me great joy to point at the feet of clay that ICM Registry lurches throughout the globe on, it doesn’t pay the bills, so I’ve had to be Capitalistic in my own adult industry kinda way.

You know, by actually working with and within the industry, as opposed to merely being a parasite feeding off of it while claiming to be doing so for the host’s own good.

Although this is a fairly fluffy update, I have an insane number of links to articles about what ICM Registry has been up to lately, including yet more smack-talk from Stuart Lawley directed toward Diane Duke, the executive director of the Free Speech Coalition (adult industry trade association) during XBIZ EU, Morality in Media’s predictable complaints, the Founders Program, .XXX blocking, the launch itself, PETA, and whether it’s worth the effort or even necessary to try to protect a brand from ICM Registry.

But for now, let’s focus on speedboats because, you know, they have so much to do with porn websites. In a Freudian way. Kinda.

ICM Registry long ago promised to promote the .XXX brand to the mainstream with new and innovative methods. Many of us in the flesh mines wondered what the hell that meant in plain English… and now we know: sponsoring speedboat racers.

Of course! Why didn’t the rest of us think of that years ago? Obviously, speedboat racers will want their own branded websites in the .XXX zone! And the stands (do they have stands at a boat race?) are packed with fans ready, eager, and willing to either buy their own grotesquely over-priced .XXX sites (to help support speedboat racers, obviously) or invest heavily in the few sites that are currently there.

Sure. It could happen. This might be a stroke of rare brilliance that will bring the entire mainstream world of watersports, if you will, to a new realization about the adult entertainment industry and its appropriate place in the grand scheme of internet things.

Or, some individual(s) or group(s) with a (most likely) extreme right wing agenda will grab onto the subject and howl to the media about how porn is rubbing itself off in the faces of the innocent, including young and impressionable speedboat fans and family members.

Which, of course, could still accomplish the obvious task of spreading the good word about ICM Registry’s attempt to clean up the internet by adding more porn to it.

It’s possible that ICM Registry will benefit from the investment, but it seems unlikely that the overall adult industry will get much out of it.

– Darklady

ICM Registry to sponsor world champion powerboat racer Mike Seebold.

ICM Registry, the company behind the new .xxx top level domain name, is entering world class powerboat racing with world champion driver Mike Seebold to compete at this year’s Off Shore World Championships in Key West, Florida…

To learn more, visit Domain Wire

Also, MarketWire.com

 
 

ICM Registry + McAfee = With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemas?

30 Jun

It’s no secret that porn depends upon social stereotypes and cliches for much of its power.

It’s not that we actually believe that our hot secretary, smoldering boss, sexy babysitter, studly frat boy friend, or neighborhood Officer Friendly secretly yearns to take us or give themselves over entirely to our deepest, most secret, sexual desires.

It’s not that we honestly think women are shipped directly from the manufacturing plant with 38 DDD boobs and eternally patient cum-hungry tongues or that men are unloaded from their space ships sporting long-lasting 9-inch erections and a polite interest in cunnilingus — but, like it or not, those are all cliches that we’re familiar with.

Porn is, after all, fantasy.

When it comes to the technology supporting the fantasy, though, I admit that I like it to be based on science.

Science is what gets the bits from there to here. Science is what makes sure I can see very pore regardless of how invisible its wearer wishes it were. Science is what allows me to assure a webmaster that since I have a VISA card, I must be an adult. Science is what protects my computer from ugly bugs, zombies, and other nasty things that go bump through my hard drive.

Science is also what has repeatedly proven the internet stereotype of porn sites being packed with computer-borne diseases to be FALSE.

Yeah, sure, there are plenty of low-level porn sites or sites pretending to be porn sites that should only be visited while wearing a full computer-system/body condom, but you’ve probably got a better chance of getting crabs from that cutie you picked up outside of the bowling alley last week during half-price night than of needing to reformat your hard drive after visiting your favorite cat-juggling midget bondage site.

But that doesn’t mean that our close personal friends at ICM Registry and .XXX aren’t planning to fan the flames of anti-porn prejudice in order to line their pockets, feather their nests, and convince both porn lovers and porn producers that the only way to avoid a cache full of cyber-syphilis is to visit their sites, which theoretically practice safer coding than domains that cost 10 times less to register.

What super power will ICM Registry and its .XXX sites manifest in order to keep its sheep as white as snow? Why, a free McAfee SECURE anti-spyware subscription, of course! That’s a $360 savings, according to The Register. Heck, that makes the first year of one .XXX website registration more than break even, no matter how much the domain fleecing costs. (I’m reading $75 – $130 registration prices bandied about these days, with a mere $60 of that going to ICM.)

Bundling online security software into a purchase isn’t unusual these days, with many ISPs and broadband providers doing so. McAfee is certainly a brand name people will recognize, but regardless of what the company website has to say about the product, nobody who doesn’t work for the McAfee seems to be impressed by its ability to deal with spyware. As an anti-virus software producer, it’s got plenty of fans, but review after review reports that McAffee is barely competent when it comes to keeping malware out of our precious anal high-wire ballerina photo collections.

I don’t want to seem ungrateful to Uncle ICM for spending $8 million on a daily sweep of the .XXX neighborhood looking for bandits, but I’d be more impressed if it wasn’t a rent-a-cop doing the snooping, especially if I have to install McAfee’s SiteAdvisor plug-in and/or a “trust mark” to fully benefit from the massive uptick in conversions that the company insists will be mine.

Out of curiosity, if malware does somehow manage to get onto a site, who’s responsible? McAfee? ICM Registry? The dirty porno schmuck who paid $130 for a spot in the gated .XXX red-light community that’s supposed to come with a trustworthy security guard?

– Darklady

New Survey Reveals Misconceptions About Security Measures

Many users harbor misconceptions when it comes to Internet-related security and effective measures that can prevent security breaches. This was the picture gleaned by a new study commissioned by G Data Software, which surveyed 15,559 Internet users with their own PC and Internet access. Participants were be Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

.XXX Will Increase the Amount of Porn Online? Who Knew?

10 Apr

The punchline here is not that the Deseret Times can do exceptionally simple math problems in its head; it’s that Utah is one of the most porn-consuming states in the whole USA.

There’s nothing new in this article. We’ve heard it all before.

The mere existence of pornography, we’re told, is destroying families, demeaning women, and stealing the innocence of children by telling them that Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy don’t exist.

Pornography is the reason your dishes don’t sparkle, your teeth have hard-to-clean stains, your favorite football team lost, you can’t raise decent cucumbers to save your life, and your toilet keeps getting stopped up.

If pornography didn’t exist — or was forced by law into the .XXX ghetto… er… resort — we wouldn’t need the Clean Air Act, Social Security, oil rig or coal mine safety regulations, or awkward conversations about what kind of sex we enjoy. After all, the less you know, the less you know to ask about… or for.

Interestingly enough, the comments area is rather mixed in its opinions. Some folks don’t see the big deal with porn being available online and others want to see it all shoved onto .XXX so they can pretend it doesn’t exist.

IMO, that seems to be the issue that gets the most folks riled up, regardless of whether they are for or against .XXX: whether naked reality should be easily accessible or whether it should be hidden away from view.

– Darklady

New .xxx Internet domain will only lead to more pornography

The formation of the new .xxx domain name for sexually explicit and pornographic material was approved on March 18 by the organization governing domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). After the announcement, an executive stated, “ICANN’s decision to give .xxx final approval is a landmark moment for the Internet.”

While claiming to have the best interest of the Internet at heart, it appears the real interest is the revenue to be generated by selling domain names to porn distributors. According to ICMRegistry, the company authorized to oversee the .xxx domain, 528,335 websites have submitted domain name reservations as of March 28. At the anticipated cost of $60 per website, a whopping $31,700,100 in revenue is anticipated, and the numbers are growing.

It is unfortunate that so often pecuniary gain for the one controls the collective conscience of humanity more than decency and good judgment.

We have seen an interesting phenomenon with the Internet. As the supply of porn has increased, there has been a corresponding increase in the demand for such material. Yet policymakers continue to make decisions that effectively increase porn’s supply to those who are harmed the most by such content: children, individuals and families.

Social experts increasingly recognize that forming positive loving relationships, both in and out of the home, and seeing individuals as more than mere objects to be acted on are severely compromised when one uses porn.

To read more, visit: Deseret News

 
 

.XXX: Fear and Loathing at the Phoenix Forum

07 Apr

They (whoever “they” are) say that size counts… and this is a fairly long video, so find a comfy chair, pour yourself a refreshing beverage, perhaps pop some popcorn and find someone to rub your feet, because Colin Rowntree’s moderation of the .XXX focused Phoenix Forum panel is something you won’t want to miss.

Whatever your opinions are concerning .XXX, this is an opportunity to see what a panel of experts had to say on the subject — including a representative of ICM Registry.

After watching this video, ask yourself whether your concerns have been addressed and your questions answered.

If they have, then excellent!

If they haven’t, keep asking them, because the future of your company, let alone the internet itself, is in the balance.

– Darklady

Footage From 2011 Phoenix Forum “Dot-XXX – What Next” Seminar. from Seminar Footage on Vimeo.

Read a related article by visiting: The Domains

 

The coming fight over .gay domain

18 Feb

Scott Seitz at least he has some genuine understanding of, and experience with, his .gay TLD target demographic. His approach to the ICANN process and how he communicates with his intended market demonstrate a savvy heart/mind combo that ICM Registry does not appear to possess.

As for the proposed .gay TLD — like .XXX — it sounds really good for a moment, and then, after you’ve had a chance to really think about it, it doesn’t sound anywhere near as good.

Both have promise. In a perfect world, they would be delightful short-cuts to specialized content that people have a legitimate desire for and right to access and create.

Alas, the reality of the 21st century world is that both of these “alternative” lifestyle-oriented endeavors are rife with potential political, religious, social, and economic risk, as well as gain.

I’m not alone in seeing a connection between the virtual path .gay is preparing to walk and that .XXX has been stamping its feet on since 2004. While the former appears to have learned something from the trials and missteps of the former, some of the same meta questions remain.

– Darklady

The coming fight over .gay domain

SAN FRANCISCO–Scott Seitz has the dubious distinction of proposing what might become the most controversial new top-level Internet domain: .gay.

Seitz, the chief executive of dotGAY, is the founder of SPI Marketing, which bills itself as a “full service” gay marketing, public relations, and event planning agency. Clients include Absolut Vodka, American Express, Subaru and Travelocity; campaigns included a Ru Paul drag race.

Now, as soon as the application period begins, Seitz is planning to ask the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, to approve .gay. At least 115 proposals are expected, including .car, .health, .nyc, .movie, and .web.

Controversial Internet suffixes have a history of suffering the geopolitical equivalent of being referred to a committee that never reaches a decision. An entrepreneur named Stuart Lawley applied for the rights to run .xxx in 2004, and thanks to opposition from the Bush administration and nations including Brazil, it still has not been approved.

To read more, visit: ZDNet

 
 

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

Iח 2001, Villa Del Fiume wаѕ рυrсһаѕеԁ bу Stuart Lawley, a British dot com entrepreneur fοr tһе sum οf $ 5.9 million, аt tһе time іt wаѕ tһе highest price paid fοr a home іח Jupiter, FL, exceeded οחƖу bу tһе рυrсһаѕе οf a luxury residence аt tһе time bу Celine Dion fοr $ 9 million. Lawley һаԁ сrеаtеԁ various internet companies including Oneview.net, a company tһаt wаѕ listed οח tһе UK stock exchange. Lawley retired, selling һіѕ companies fοr $ 180 million, mаkіחɡ һіm аt tһе time tһе 338th richest man іח England. Lawley аחԁ һіѕ wife presently οwח tһе home, bυt due tο a divorce, tһе court һаѕ ordered tһе villa, tһаt аƖѕο includes a separate 1,200 square feet, 2 bedroom/2 bath guest home wіtһ іtѕ οwח porte cochere аחԁ enclosed two car garage, fοr sale аt a minimum price οf $ 4.5 million, a fraction οf іtѕ trυе value.

To read more, visit: Currency Trading Exchange Guide

 

Bad Spelling and Unconvincing .XXX Spokesmodels

21 Nov

Wow. Look at the enthusiasm on those girls’ faces! They are REALLY excited about .XXX and the good things that it will do for adults throughout the planet who like to read, see and/or hear sexually frank materials — not to mention all the amazing things it will do for the adult entertainment industry.

Why, I heard a rumor that .XXX will not only wash your dishes but also go down on you and then cure your pets of mites and fleas! That’s gotta be worth something, right?

Perhaps the young ladies selected to look annoyed, dazed, confused, nauseated, constipated, and, occasionally, mildly pleased during the 18th Eurowebtainment gathering aren’t as bursting with energy about .XXX because they don’t have any pets and prefer to wash their own dishes?

I realize that I am nowhere near as wealthy as Stuart Lawley or ICM Registry. That is probably why I need to be careful about my grammar, syntax, and spelling. Apparently these things aren’t as important when you’re trying to convince the world that you know more about the adult internet than porn folk who’ve been using the internet for a decade.

Instead, commas and semi-colons can go wherever they look good — and “focusintg” presumably has a legal meaning exclusively reserved for those in the F(l)ounder’s Program. Seriously, where did they get that sign printed? The sample place that prints Chinese menus?

Then there’s all the rest of the crap that fills the space. ICM Registry won’t cum in our mouths, has put the check in the mail, and promises to respect us in the morning. What’s not to believe?

Heck, it’s even going to protect children while it’s doing all of those things — at our expense, of course.

Given that ICM Registry has zero track record doing anything — except making empty promises, changing its story, and acting like it’s already ruler of the universe — I’m afraid I’m not convinced.

– Darklady

 
 

Surfers can easily filter

23 Oct

I can definitely sympathize with the rest of the world’s reluctance to be bullied by the USA (or anyone else, for that matter). That reluctance resonates with my own reluctance to have ICM Registry and Stuart Lawley bully me or other members of world of adult online content.

Frankly, that’s another reason for learning the identities of those who have allegedly pre-registered domains. If they’re heavily weighed toward non-US registrants, there may well be an important message for the industry. If they’re just nervous trademark owners, that’s definitely a message for the industry.

Just as being a bully won’t win the hearts and minds of the citizenry during a war, being a bully while trying to hard sell an sTLD doesn’t do much to win the hearts and minds of prospective customers… especially when the bully claims to be doing it for our own good.

– Darklady


Surfers can easily filter websites with adult contents just by merely looking at the extension names.

After about a year, the ICANN publicly announced that it had entered into commercial and technical dealings leading to the creation of .xxx domain. The US government was quick to respond to this surprising move and asked the ICANN to delay the final approval for the creation of .xxx after various sectors loudly aired their opposition to it.

Although many countries lauded the decision to put a halt in the creation of .xxx and give way for multi-lateral consultation, a clear, steering issue boiled and steamed out. The international community raised concern of American hegemony in the internet governance. The *European Union* is clear in its stance that the .xxx case is a crystal-clear proof of government intervention in the policies of ICANN. This, the EU says, is unacceptable to sovereign governments who are relying on ICANN for the control of their websites like UK’s .uk.

With the .xxx controversy still unresolved, the ICANN is now faced with yet another crucial issue.

Visit the site at: World Wide Myles

 
 

ICANN Turns Down .XXX Info Request

13 Oct

The more I read about ICM Registry the more I think it just hates the adult industry and wants to make big money off of us in a kind of “grudge fuck” spiteful way.

Stuart Lawley has insulted the Free Speech Coalition and the adult trade press — and, of course, he won’t even talk to me anymore because I’m a big ole meanie who uses words to beat up helpless millionaires.

What the heck is ICM Registry hiding? What does it think it’s protecting? The names of our fellow porn professionals? The fact there really aren’t as many pre-registered domains as it claims? The number of pre-registrations from people who oppose .XXX but are worried about protecting their trademarks? The perfect chicken salad recipe? What?

Refusing to respond is one of the most passive-aggressive forms of disdain I can think of. As far as I’m concerned, silence is the voice of complicity and, certainly in this case, an expression of cowardice and intense disrespect toward the very community ICM Registry claims it wants to promote and protect.

Nope. I don’t trust ICM Registry.

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. — ICANN has denied FSC’s request for more information about the .XXX sTLD application, including a list of its pre-registrations.

The organization sent a letter to FSC’s Executive Director Diane Duke saying the materials it requested about ICM Registry and its sponsorship body IFFOR, are confidential.

According to ICANN, ICM didn’t respond when asked if it would like to lift the confidentiality restrictions.

To read more, visit: XBiz

 
 

New .XXX Domain Won’t Protect Children from Pornography

30 Sep

There are a lot of people I don’t appreciate claiming they’re just trying to “protect” me, let alone children, from sexually explicit content and its alleged harms. Concerned Women for America (cough) is definitely on that list. This gaggle of frigid busybodies occupies itself by finding circumstances where people are enjoying themselves — and then sending out hysterical notices denouncing them. I guess it’s better than playing in traffic, but only marginally.

Given that nobody except Stuart Lawley and ICM Registry has suggested that the .XXX sTLD would magically protect minors from seeing naked bodies in motion, this is just another example of CWA waving its collective hands in the air and insisting that the sky is falling.

I especially like the part where they once again claim that frank sexual imagery is “obscenity.” Maybe their bodies are obscene, but mine sure ain’t.

On the other hand, the utterly moronic claim that a filter won’t keep someone from an entire domain extension seems pretty pathetic, especially when coupled with the claim that all kids will have to do is stroll down to their local library (hey, there’s a thought!) and pull up their favorite porn site.

It’s interesting to see that at least some of the Right Wing has decided that shoving all erotic content into a room with a door that can be locked from the outside isn’t a good idea, anymore. The obvious reason, of course, is that they want to see all of the doors locked against this form of expression.

Sounds like somebody needs to get laid to me.

– Darklady

The Internet Corporation for assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted to create a new domain, .xxx, exclusively for pornography and obscenity. The proponents of the new domain are not those seeking to protect children, but instead are set to make over $30 million a year from sales of the new domains. Robert Peters, President of Morality in Media, says this move will essentially double the amount of pornography already on the Internet, and do nothing to protect children. Peters explains how, even with Internet filters, parents will be unable to protect children from this domain when friends, libraries, and web-enabled portable devices are within easy access.

For more information on fighting online pornography visit www.obscenitycrimes.org.

To read the insanity on its own site, visit: Concerned Women for America

 
 
 
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