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4/4/06

XXX TLD BS

There is a company. This company wants to run a new TLD and make the big bucks selling domain names. The new TLD they want is .XXX.

Bush and religious organizations are against it. They say it will give legitimacy to the porn industry.

Florida's ICM Registry, which hopes to run the domain, argues that the "responsible online adult entertainment industry" will flock to the new address, making it easier for internet users who do not want to see porn to avoid it.

"Several governments are emphatically opposed from a public policy perspective to the introduction of .xxx," says Malaysian bureaucrat and ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee chair Sharil Tarmizi.

Want to know the real deal? Read on;

1. It will not protect children from porn or porn spam. There will still be porn on other TLDs like com, net, and org. Those who don't care who sees their porn are not going to do the responsible thing as suggested above.

2. Porn is not illegal. Therefore, they are legal business entities. They cannot be forced to move all of their websites to dot xxx.

3. Sex.com and other domain names are worth millions of dollars. These companies have spent millions of dollars to advertise and brand their names just like mainstream companies do.

4. They have spent years building up link popularity and traffic to their domain names.

5. Is the government or ICANN going to reimburse them all that money the domain names, branding, and traffic is worth? If not, and they force them to move to dot xxx, how long do you think it will be before they sue the government and ICANN for that money?

You may not like porn, but until it is illegal, their businesses get the same rights under the law that any other business gets. Your opinion does not make them illegal.

I am not defending them on a moral basis. We are a nation of laws though and those laws are to be applied equally. You cannot say, I don't like porn, they are bad people, and they should all have to go where we tell them. This is not only illegal, it's a childish point of view at best.

All this is about a company wanting to make some money selling domain names. They will make a big hype about how valuable these new domain names will be because all porn will be moved there.

Speculators will rush in and buy up tons of domain names believing the hype. The actual move will never happen. Those established porn websites will be in the same place they have always been, but maybe they will have a few additional domain names in dot xxx as they speculate or protect their IP interests.

The bottom line is this. If you are anti-porn, of you think too much trashy content is being offered on the web, why aren't you producing a ton of good content on the web to counteract it?

Many like to complain about the web's content, but most, including churches are ignoring the fact they can reach millions of people through the web. They are not blogging every day and putting up websites about the "good" things they consider to be good. They are not working as hard to put good content on the web as the porn industry is working to put more porn on the web.

Put your money where your mouth is. How many websites with good content for children have you built or funded? Are you going to just whine about it or are you going to take back the Internet by providing enough good content that it someday will outweigh the bad content out there?

If you are not doing anything about it, then shut up.

by Chris McElroy
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