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.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

 

Will .XXX be the Loneliest sTLD on the Interwebs?

04 Apr

There’s something especially sad and ironic about an sTLD dedicated to sex that doesn’t seem to have a friend in the world.

Given that even though .XXX wants us to make a financially risky and high cost commitment to it — but doesn’t really know how it feels about us (or how much it plans to charge us so it can make up its mind), it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, least of all ICM Registry.

I’ve only been to the Phoenix Forum once, but it was one of the best adult online industry conferences that I’ve ever attended. While I’m glad that ICM Registry sent someone to speak with the professionals assembled, I’m disappointed — and more than a little tired of yet more non-answers.

After so many years, you’d think the company would have figured out what it will charge and what it will offer in return.

You’d think.

– Darklady

Nobody wants the new .XXX sex domain

Over the last few years we’ve seen various attempts by governments to censor and control the Internet. China has sort to stop criticism of its policies and to suppress the views of dissidents by controlling internet information at its cyber borders and employing large numbers of people to spy on its citizens’ internet activity. Australia has set up a regulatory scheme which includes a black list of sites that are either X rated or Refused Classification.

There are other ways that governments use to censor the internet including the provision of extreme penalties for viewing certain types of material. In Iran for example, you can be executed for getting around government filters and under some circumstances, just watching porn.

However all these attempts to censor the internet tend to come from governments – and occasionally morals groups who push governments. Censorship of the internet hardly ever comes from the internet industry itself, for obvious reasons. Last week that all changed. In what must rank as one of the most stupid and transparently self-serving decisions on the internet thus far, the international organisation charged with creating and regulating internet domain names, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), approved a new .XXX domain (TLD) for adult and sexually explicit sites.

To read more, visit: ABC

For a prime example of how unpopular .XXX is, read: .XXX Comes Under Fire at The Phoenix Forum

Check out another IT publication that realizes adult professionals don’t like .XXX: Impenetrable Processes and Fool’s Gold at ICANN

 
 

Cats & Dogs Living Together without Benefit of Marriage!

02 Apr

Things have been so serious lately that I figured it was time for a bit of levity… if you can call this kind of close-minded, sex-negative, demagogic hand waving and hysteria encouraging bigotry amusing.

My favorite line from this article is definitely “Everyone who consumes pornography is immersed in an artificial world that distorts reality and relationships.”

Talk about projection! This from someone who thinks the one-and-only natural place for all sexual behavior is within a heterosexual marriage. Possibly without benefit of birth control — and most likely in the dark under the blankets. I doubt masturbation gets a hall-pass even then.

Why, O why, were our arms made long enough for us to touch our genitals?

On the other hand (so to speak), if there’s a deviant sex scandal to be enjoyed from a distance, the religious right certainly seems proficient at serving it up. Men’s bathrooms foot tapping signals, transsexual Craigslist dating, divorce papers served in the cancer ward, Wisconsin mistresses, NRCC strip club visits, “hiking the Appalachia trail,” under-age panda bear suit yiffing, hot chatting Congressional pages, RentBoys “carrying luggage,” gay murder/suicides, solo rubber bondage deaths… liberals just can’t keep up!

Oh, and then there’s that pesky fact that “Red” states consume far more pornography than “Blue” states.

No wonder the religious right is so upset about .XXX. It’ll be much more difficult to explain away a computer history filled with websites sporting that sTLD.

– Darklady

“.XXX” – The Internet’s New Red Light District

(WNS) — It’s not likely you’ve heard of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), but this international organization in charge of Internet addresses has just approved a policy that will create what amounts to a red-light district online.

We’re all familiar with the top level domains like “.com”, “.edu” and “.org.” Now, after years of debate, ICANN has approved “.xxx” for porn websites.

So now, for the first time, a specific industry will have its own suffix on the Internet. In this case, it happens to be an industry that exploits women and ensnares thousands of men and even children into a harmful addiction that can ruin lives and relationships.

For starters, the new .xxx domain will significantly increase the amount of porn online since adult websites will not have to give up their current web addresses. Instead, they’ll create new websites with the new suffix, making their content more prevalent and accessible.

Ironically, family groups and the porn industry were united in their opposition to the change. Pornographers didn’t like it because of the additional costs of the domain and the chance that some countries will block the .xxx domain altogether. India has already announced that they will do so.

Those of us concerned about pornography’s impact on individuals and families are troubled because it will further spread the amount of harmful content that is already so pervasive online. Porn isn’t hard to find online, or to unwittingly stumble across, but ICANN is expanding the territory exponentially.

To read more, visit: Cross Walk

To read a less histrionic article, read: ICANN Signs .XXX Contract with ICM Registry

 
 

The Pointlessness of Specialized TLDs

01 Apr

I can’t think of anything snarky to say here, because this article manages to make so many good points in so few words.

Read it through and then check out some of the comments on the original site. As is so often the case, some feed into all the reasons .XXX is a poor idea — but there are some good points and, well, some nice preaching to the choir moments, too.

– Darklady

India’s Plan To Block .xxx Shows The Pointlessness Of Specialized TLDs

from the open-the-whole-thing-up dept

For many years, we’ve wondered about the wisdom of ICANN slowly doling out totally pointless new top level domains (TLDs) — like .jobs and .mobi — that seemed much more focused on getting companies to pay up for domains they didn’t need, rather than serving any useful purpose. With the recent approval of .xxx, the same thing is happening. Various porn companies feel the need to buy up .xxx domain names, even though they already have domains they’re happy with. And making things even worse is that various countries, with India taking the lead, have declared plans to block all access to the .xxx domain anyway.

Of course, this is kind of silly. It’s as if they’re pretending that porn doesn’t exist elsewhere on the web. But, the other silly thing this highlights is the idea of slowly rolling out specialized TLDs. For years, we’ve been asking why ICANN doesn’t just do away with specialized TLDs and let anyone register anything.anyTLD. It really would not be that difficult to set up a system to allow that, and then you get away from this idea of having to set up all these expensive special TLDs. It also makes it silly for any country to target a specific TLD to block. But, of course, it won’t happen, because it doesn’t involve the companies wishing to be registrars of these new TLDs getting tons of cash.

To read comments on this article, visit: Tech Dirt

Other new link(s): Dot-XXX? Hooray, I suppose

XXX domain officially banned in India

 
 

XXX domain poses headache for Indian regulators

30 Mar

I’m having trouble feeling much sympathy for India since I’m not a big fan of censorship.

Given that the country is full of highly intelligent, well-educated IT professionals with a keen interest in sex and little opportunity to have that satisfied with good information at home, blocking (and overcoming the block of) this sTLD should be endless fun for all involved.

– Darklady

XXX domain poses headache for Indian regulators

India is proposing to block .xxx-registered websites after a global agency governing the web approved the suffix for pornography websites last week, risking confrontation between a fast-liberalising youth and strong traditionalist values.

The government’s move followed a decade-long dialogue within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that resulted in the approval for .xxx suffix for pornography websites. Sales of .xxx domains should begin soon in Q2 2011.

Taking a cue from .com, .org, .nic and others, the creation of .xxx would identify adult content and services and could be used by governments for mass censorship of adult content.

Despite continuous efforts by some staunch conservative groups, porn remains easily accessible in India. The move to ban savitabhabhi.com, a popular toon porn site, fell flat when it later resurfaced through a foreign server.

In addition to labelling it immoral under the Indian Penal Code, distribution of adult content is illegal. Distributing such content in the electronic form calls for imprisonment for a maximum term of five years or/and fine which may extend to 100,000 rupees ($2,237)…

To read more, visit: Reuters India

Today’s other new link(s): Gamma Pledges Ongoing Donations to Anti-.XXX Campaign

 
 

Will the .xxx Domain Name Kill the Online Porn Industry?

29 Mar

Well, that’s an encouraging mainstream headline, isn’t it?

Once again, with friends like ICM Registry, who needs enemies?

Please note that this author has used the term “virtual ghetto.” Stuart Lawley has insisted that there is no way that this sTLD could ever be a “virtual ghetto.” No, no, no… it’s a “resort,” kinda like prison is a resort, I guess… in as much as it’s filled with people who are out of sight and therefore easy to ignore. And secure against unauthorized dangers.

Yeah, right.

Of course, this sTLD can only kill the industry if everyone goes bankrupt paying out the nose to protect their brands by parking their .XXX domains… or we’re all forced into it by a governmental mandate. And that could never happen, right?

– Darklady

Will the .xxx Domain Name Kill the Online Porn Industry?

Earlier this month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved a new Internet domain suffix. After a meeting in San Francisco, the group released a draft agreement that .xxx would soon become a Top Level Domain (similar to .com, .org and .edu) for the world’s adult websites.

The group, which stands to make millions of dollars from the decision as all new .xxx domain names will have to be registered through the Florida-based ICM Registry at $60 each, has been debating the .xxx domain for at least seven years now. (The group has already registered about 250,000 domain names in anticipation of ICANN’s decision.)

Ironically, anti-porn and religious groups, according to PCWorld, have been the most vocal opponents of the new suffix. “Anti-pornography groups and religious groups are against the suffix because they feel it will make porn sites more visible and be an endorsement to the adult entertainment industry,” Sarah Jacobsson Purewal explained. But once the initial media fervor surrounding the creation of a new domain suffix dies down, it could do just the opposite. Creating a virtual ghetto for pornography will make it significantly easier for parents, employers and entire legislative bodies to police unwanted content.

To read more, visit: The Atlantic

 
 

Sorry, .XXX, but Nobody Really Likes You

29 Mar

Poor .XXX.

Nobody seems to like it except for ICM Registry and Stuart Lawley.

The question now seems to be whether to just ignore the bully sTLD — or give in to its demands to pay protection money to defend what may or may not be established adult (or not) brands from poachers.

And exactly how much will that protection money be? I read numbers ranging from $60 to $75 per registration with absolutely no explanation as to why that’s a wise investment or how the money is going to be spent.

Mooning the Porn Stars

Steve DelBianco did a great job of discussing the rocky relationship between ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC) and the Board of Directors, in his piece entitled “.XXX Exposes the Naked Truth for ICANN”.

I’ve been keeping an eye on the adult industry press to see what their reaction is to the .XXX debacle.

But before we start, let’s get something out of the way. Yes, the adult industry is the people who bring us distended boobies and bums. Shall we all get our giggles out now? Because, part of what motivated the .XXX proposal was a dismissive attitude of ‘they are just porn stars, sleaze merchants, so they probably won’t put much up of a fight over a bald-faced tax’. If one assumes the people working in the industry are as smart as the bimbos and studs portrayed on film, one would be sadly mistaken.

An adult industry organization, the Free Speech Coalition organized a lightly-attended protest at the ICANN meeting in a last-ditch effort to deter the .XXX initiative. I’m told that there were more smokers in front of the conference hotel than there were adult industry protesters, that may speak to the poor life-style choices of ICANN attendees more than it does to adult industry passion (feigned or otherwise) for the issue, I don’t know.

One thing was made eminently clear at this point, unlike .aero .museum or any of the other sTLDS that have attained complete and utter failure, the underlying industry did not support the proposal.

To read more, visit: CircleID

Two more interesting and related links to check out:
XXX Does Not Mark the Spot

Sorry, You Can’t Boycott a Top Level Domain Name

 

FSC Launches Anti-.XXX Campaign: .XXX, A Bad Investment — Just Say NO!

27 Mar

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
March 25, 2011
Contact: Diane Duke

FSC Launches Anti-.XXX Campaign: .XXX, A Bad Investment — Just Say NO!

CANOGA PARK, Calif. — Free Speech Coalition (FSC) announced today that it is launching an anti – .XXX campaign and urges adult online businesses to not buy into the newly-approved .XXX sTLD.

“Collectively, adult businesses understand that .ICM’s .XXX is bad for the adult entertainment industry. FSC is launching this campaign thus continuing its effort to rid the industry of this hazard. We are encouraging adult businesses to Just Say ‘NO’ to .XXX,” FSC Executive Director Diane Duke said.

“But FSC acknowledges and respects that, when push comes to shove, businesses need to do what they think is best for their company,” Duke added. “That is why adult companies need to know the implications of purchasing .XXX domain names and why buying .XXX could be the worst investment they’ll ever make.”

To help explain the potential pitfalls of the new .XXX sTLD, FSC has developed a list of bullet points highlighting some of the most serious issues for adult online businesses, and why they should avoid .XXX altogether:

• .XXX costs at least 10 times what your .coms cost (recent numbers thrown out are $70-$75/per domain name).

• Just 5 days after .XXX passed, India blocked .XXX with the promise of more countries like Australia, Germany to follow — instantly de-valuing your costly .XXX domain names.

• sTLDs have a proven history of failure — even ones that are not blocked by entire countries and have their industry’s support ( .Travel anyone???).

• High traffic websites will be leery of linking to your site, fearful of themselves being blocked or having dead links in blocking countries.

• All registrants of .XXX must agree to third-party automated monitoring of their sites for compliance of IFFOR policies — AND you will have to purchase your domain name before you even know what those policies are.

• Aliases (.XXX and .com going to the same site) require that related .coms adhere to IFFOR policies.

• IFFOR Policies will be determined by a council hand-picked by a Board chaired by ICM’s CEO Stuart Lawley-NOT the industry .XXX is supposed to represent. Moreover, ICM Registry has ultimate veto power over policy development.

• Businesses who register with .XXX make their alias .coms an easier target for censorship and blocking — do you really want to put your .coms at risk?

• Do the math — it doesn’t add up. Even if ICM’s claims of new consumers who “trust” .XXX ring true, for a company like Kink.com, which as approximately 10,000 domain names, it would have to bring in three quarters of a million dollars in new revenues annually — JUST TO BREAK EVEN!

Regulatory organization ICANN approved ICM Registry’s application for the .XXX domain last Friday, despite protests from its own Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC), the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, and strong opposition from leading adult industry businesses.

FSC will continue to keep its members updated on this important issue. As the adult industry trade association, FSC will continue to support the better business interests of all adult businesses, and will lead the opposition to .XXX domains because we believe that buying into the .XXX online ghetto is harmful to the adult industry and for individual adult business. The .XXX domain will serve only to fragment the Internet, make adult online businesses an easy target for anti-adult filtering and censorship, and also make it easier for under-age users to access adult material online.

For more information on how you can participate in and support FSC’s opposition to .XXX, contact (818) 348-9373 or diane@freespeechcoalition.com.

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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.

 

India Vows to Block .XXX — That “Resort” is Getting Pretty Exclusive

24 Mar

Well, good golly. Who saw this coming?

Adult webmasters: I’ll keep you up to date on the nations where your .XXX domains will NOT be making an appearance.

– Darklady

India’s Reaction To .xxx Domain Exhibits Why Porn Industry Hates It

What once was a brand for the porn industry seems to be its enemy in the Internet Age.

According to the Economic Times today, the government of India plans to block all .xxx domain sites once they begin to be deployed. Last week the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved the new top-level domain for pornography sites.

Like many parents around the world, India wants to stop that suitor at the door:

“India along with many other countries from the Middle East and Indonesia opposed the grant of the domain in the first place, and we would proceed to block the whole domain, as it goes against the IT Act and Indian laws,” said a senior official at the ministry of IT.

To read more, visit: Forbes

 
 

Australia Won’t See .XXX — Some “Resort,” Huh?

23 Mar

One of the most inane things that ICM Registry spokesmillionaire Stuart Lawley has claimed about .XXX is that it will be a “resort” for the adult industry. If he means that hardly anyone outside of the adult industry will spend any time there, he may be right.

As the Free Speech Coalition and many of its members have pointed out, the .XXX puts a huge target on the adult industry, making it easy to block an entire nation from the sTLD’s content (unless, of course, one uses the IP string to locate a site, but that’s another topic…).

This isn’t a hysterical or unreasonable concern… especially since it’s not just the countries one would expect to support censorship of this kind that are considering a lock-down on the sTLD.
Australia, for instance, is developing quite the reputation for suppressing erotic expression. It’s not at all happy about ICANN’s decision to ignore copious opposition and authorize .XXX.

Feds still concerned about .XXX domain

…The Australian Government was among those opposing .XXX. Last October, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy told ICANN that there was a “lack of identified public benefit” from the TLD.

A spokesman for the Minister told iTnews today that the Government planned to “continue to work with ICANN to ensure the internet operates in the public benefit”.

Although ICANN claimed that more than 50 percent of the feedback it had received between August and October was in favour of proceeding with the .XXX agreement, Conroy’s spokesman said 89 percent of respondents to a March 2010 consultation opposed .XXX.

“There is significant opposition to .XXX from the general public and key stakeholders,” she said. “Representatives from family groups and the adult industry have strongly opposed .XXX…”

Fortunately, there’s a rebel political party trying to bring common sense back into fashion in Australia. Vote Australian Sex Party!

Aussie Sex Party Says .XXX Represents Censorship

MELBOURNE — Australia Sex Party President Fiona Patten said the new .XXX domain marks the beginning of the end for ICANN and its system of apportioning domain names and numbers.

“How on Earth can they approve a TLD that does not have the support of the relevant industry or GAC [Government Advisory Committee]?” Patten asked.

Patten said the Australian government and the country’s adult industry have been opposed to .XXX since its inception albeit for different reasons.

“Not only have they have ignored advice from us but they have ignored the advice of its own GAC, which included the Australian government,” she said…

 
 

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

 

.XXX – The Movie!

21 Mar

What chance does a hard-working pornographer have of making big money in today’s piracy-rich, scoff-law economy? That is the question on everyone’s mind.

One man has heard the cries of our people and is ready to make the internet safe and profitable for adult websites once again.

Unlike most of us, he is a busy, busy, financially successful man in the mainstream world of work. Naturally, this puts him in the perfect position to know what is best for the online adult entertainment industry.

But let’s hear it from the salesman’s lips themselves…..

Appearing in the above film are Larry Flynt (Huster CEO), Allison Vivas (PinkVisual CEO), John Stagliano (Evil Angel CEO), Joanna Angel (BurningAngel.com), Ron Cadwell (CCBill CEO), Peter Acworth (Kink CEO), Mitch Farber (Netbilling CEO), and a host of other adult industry leaders.  The film was written by longtime industry advocate and writer Theresa “Darklady” Reed and directed/produced by Wasteland CEO Colin Rowntree.

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ICANN Approves .XXX sTLD — FSC Response

18 Mar

Now the fun really begins. Frantic registration to protect brands. Ridiculous amounts of money invested in virtual real estate that can easily be blocked by entire nations and located by even the dimmest of under-age intellects. Chest pounding about supposed “ethical” superiority. Wild claims of a virus and malware-free zone… and money donated to … what? A child protection agency? Why? Which one? WTF?

Are we supposed to feel special because ICANN has decided to ignore everyone’s opinion, including GAC’s and the very population this sTLD is supposed to serve, and, instead given in to a pushy rich guy who couldn’t care less about the industry he wants to become even more rich from?

Buckle up; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

– Darklady

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
March 18, 2011
Contact: Diane Duke

ICANN Approves .XXX sTLD

SAN FRANCISCO – The ICANN Board voted today to proceed with ICM’s .XXX sTLD despite the advocacy of the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and a wide range of adult industry leaders. This decision represents the first time the ICANN Board has disregarded advice from its Government Advisory Committee (GAC).

Ira Magaziner, one of the founders responsible for creating ICANN under the Clinton administration, Vint Cerf, the past Chair of the ICANN Board, Larry Strickling, the Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce and former US President Bill Clinton all spoke of the absolute necessity of the ICANN Board listening to its Government Advisory Committee, but apparently the advice fell on deaf ears.

“Of course we are disappointed but we are not surprised by the ICANN Board’s decision. As voiced in concerns by speakers at this very conference, the ICANN Board has dangerously undervalued the input from governments worldwide,” said FSC Executive Director Diane Duke. “Worse, they have disregarded overwhelming outpouring of opposition from the adult entertainment industry – the supposed sponsorship community – dismissing the interests of free speech on the Internet.”

While the industry must assume that second-level .XXX domain names will be sold, the battle is not over. Under ICANN’s bylaws there are review procedures available to affected parties including GAC itself.

“Until now we have been forced to work within the constraints of the ICANN process. FSC is now free to explore all options and we intend to do just that with input from, and in the interest of, our members,” FSC Board Chair Jeffrey Douglas said. “We will help the industry fully understand the risks and ramifications of participating in .XXX .

Douglas went on to comment that, “As regrettable as the vote was, the involvement of FSC and industry leaders in this process has and will continue to provide a positive face of the adult entertainment community to leaders of the online community worldwide.”

In the coming days and weeks FSC will provide information about .XXX and alternatives for the adult entertainment industry.

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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.

 
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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

 

Adult Industry Leaders Travel to San Francisco for March 17 Rally, Press Conference in Opposition to .XXX

15 Mar

I wish I could be in San Francisco for this, but since I can’t, I’ll wait anxiously to hear how the protest went and whether it finally got the message across to ICANN that the adult entertainment industry does not want this albatross.

– Darklady

FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION
March 14, 2011
Contact: Joanne Cachapero

Adult Industry Leaders Travel to San Francisco for March 17 Rally, Press Conference in Opposition to .XXX

FSC also has organized a Twitter campaign for those who cannot make the rally

CANOGA PARK, Calif.–Internet regulator ICANN is holding a conference (http://svsf40.icann.org/) March 14-18 at the Westin-St. Francis Hotel, in San Francisco’s Union Square. The proposed .XXX sTLD is scheduled to be discussed and an abbreviated public commentary period will be held 4-6 p.m. Thursday. Former President Clinton is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech during a gala event on Wednesday.

Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and industry representatives also will be gathering in San Francisco on Thursday, when they will stage a protest rally and press conference in opposition to ICM Registry’s application to run a.XXX sTLD. Representatives will also attempt to address the ICANN Board during Thursday’s public comment period.

As the adult industry trade association, FSC has fought against .XXX for more than seven years, consistently arguing that, if approved, .XXX domains will cost adult website operators millions annually in unnecessary fees; will make adult websites easier to block by governments and other anti-adult entities; and could needlessly fragment the Internet.

Industry members are encouraged to participate in the protest rally, which will take place on the sidewalk outside the Westin-St. Francis Hotel from 12:30-2 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Those who wish to participate in the rally should contact FSC at (818) 348-9373, or joanne @ freespeechcoalition.com. Instructions and directions will be provided.

Immediately following the rally, FSC will hold a press conference with industry leaders, including Evil Angel founder John Stagliano, Pink Visual President Allison Vivas, Kink.com founder Peter Acworth, industry attorney Paul Cambria, online publication YNOT President Connor Young, Wasteland.com founder Collin Rowntree, FSC Board Chair Jeffrey Douglas and FSC Executive Director Diane Duke.

The press conference will take place at 2 p.m., at the Chancellor Hotel, located at 433 Powell St, one-half block from the Westin-St. Francis Hotel. Media interested in attending should contact joanne @ freespeechcoalition.com or call (818) 348-9373.

Though a majority of the adult industry’s largest companies have sent letters to ICANN expressing their opposition to the .XXX sTLD, efforts to quash the proposed “sponsored” Top Level Domain have not persuaded the ICANN Board to reject ICM’s proposal. The Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) that consults with ICANN also has expressed its disapproval of .XXX.

In a letter sent to ICANN, John Stagliano said:

“.XXX is supposed to be approved, accepted, or whatever, by the “community” of people already in the adult community. As the owner of Evil Angel, an adult producer and distributor, and a defender of our right to exist since 1983, 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.”

Pink Visual’s Allison Vivas explained why it is so crucial for to attend the San Francisco ICANN meeting to express opposition to .XXX:

“Right now we feel that it is important for Pink Visual to raise its voice in this controversial matter at the ICANN conference, because we can’t imagine showing support for any for-profit entity whose business model and business practices are not yet defined, and which hasn’t demonstrated a proven ability to benefit our industry,” she said.

“We are unconvinced that a business model that charges roughly six times market price for the product is a fair and beneficial business model for the industry,” Vivas added. “On day-to-day business matters we don’t retain the services of vendors without having an understanding of what those vendors can actually do for our company; why would we throw in behind the establishment of a top-level domain about which we have the same question?”

FSC’s Duke described the years-long efforts to prevent .XXX from being approved:

“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,” Duke said, adding, “All three of the world’s only existing adult-trade-associations have issued statements in opposition to .XXX.

“Although we appreciate the GAC’s responsiveness to our concerns, it is clear that the ICANN board of directors has not heard us,” Duke continued. “We hope that Thursday’s rally will raise the volume, enabling ICANN to get the message, once and for all, that ICM’s .XXX application does not have the required support of the sponsored community.”

Industry members who would like to express their opposition but cannot attend the rally in San Francisco can participate in a “We Don’t Want .XXX” Twitter campaign that FSC will stage throughout Wednesday and Thursday, March 16-17. Please follow @FSCArmy.

For more information about .XXX, contact the FSC office with the information given, or visit the FSC Blog to read a five-part series entitled, “What’s Wrong with .XXX?”

Rally in opposition to .XXX sTLD
Who: Members of the adult entertainment industry
When: Thursday, March 17 from 2:30-2 p.m.
Where: Sidewalk outside the Westin-St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco

FSC Press Conference
Who: Adult entertainment industry leaders
When: Thurs., March 17 at 2 p.m.
Where: Chancellor Hotel, 433 Powell Street, San Francisco

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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.

 
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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.

 
 
 
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