.XXX accuses ICANN of 'lip service' on porn domain
Porn domain bidder calls whitewash
The company behind the proposed .xxx internet domain has accused ICANN of trying to weasel its way out of approving the porn-only domain.
ICM Registry, which has been fighting for the right to run the domain for a decade, said ICANN staff members prepared “fundamentally flawed” advice, designed to confuse its own board of directors.
A three-man Independent Review Panel recently ruled that ICANN broke its own fairness rules when it rejected .xxx in 2007 under pressure from the Bush administration, having previously approved it.
The IRP made a two-to-one majority decision, but unanimously agreed that its own ruling was non-binding, which has given ICANN some wiggle-room on how it handles the proposal.
The organisation is currently soliciting public comment on a set of four post-IRP “process options” for .xxx. Three of the four options still lead to ICM's bid being rejected.
This has unsurprisingly angered the wannabe registry. In a response paper released last night, ICM claims: “ICANN Staff propose to give lip service to the Declaration of the Panel, but not correct any of the violations that the Panel identified.”
The company demands that ICANN stop messing about laying “traps, hurdles and obstructions” and return to the contract talks it quit three years ago, if it wants to show the world that it can be objective and accountable.
The IRP is the final court of appeal to challenge ICANN's decisions, short of going to an actual court of law. But ICM is in fact likely to take its case to court should ICANN reject its bid. A lawsuit could quite easily have a nine-figure dollar value attached.
ICANN's revisiting of .xxx has caused a tsunami of complaints from US Christian groups, which believe it will lead to an increase in internet porn. It has also raised objections from porn trade group the Free Speech Coalition, which believes it could lead to censorship.
ICANN will likely make its decision during a public meeting in Brussels next month. ®
Lets do a deal with the god-squads
I suggest that there should be .xxx and .god TLDs.
Then all the religious waffle can be stuck under .god, which by the god-squad's own argument will result in increased levels of god related material on the internet, so will counter the increase in porn.
Maybe we can have christian.god buddhism.god .... Then the Christians can put a .christian.god site filter and only see what they want to see. Certain Arabic countries can put their relevant whatever.god filter at their country's connection to the 'net.
How about sub domains like allah-sucks.christian.god and jesus-sucks.muslim.god .... Probably not a good idea.
Of course there might be some high traffic between sites in boys.xxx and users in priests.catholic.god.
And maybe a there-is-no.god for the atheists.
I'm not quite sure how Jedi and the like fit in. jedi.god seems like an oxymoron.
"US Christian groups" - wankers...
What kind of backwards thinking is that... Surelly it'd make life easier for parents, if they can just block anything ending in .xxx, as well as making it easier for those searching for a bit of action with lady palm.
Adult webmaster against the ICM proposed .xxx tld
As an adult webmaster (been in the industry for over 9 years), I can only see disadvantages.
First of all the proposed .xxx tld will do NOTHING to keep children safe. The only effective way to control what your children get to see on the web is white-listing, not black-listing. So creating a .xxx tld in the hopes you can block it to protect your children doesn't make sense.
There are 1000s established adult sites out there using .com domains. As long as those exist, it will be impossible to block porn by blocking sites in the .xxx tld.
And no one in the adult industry has any intention to abandon their established sites. Why would we destroy our own investments?
If you really want to protect children, you might want to consider setting up a .kids tld, with nothing but sites aimed at children. That way, parents can block everything except the .kids sites.
Second, The adult industry never asked for the .xxx tld. In fact, adult webmaster have been and still are fighting AGAINST it. The .xxx tld was proposed by the ICM, a private organization with no ties to the adult industry and with only one goal: making money off of adult webmasters.