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June 07, 2005

Family group criticizes dot XXX plan

From CNSNews:

A pro-family group is criticizing a plan to assign an ".xxx" domain address for pornographic websites, saying it "would do more harm than good."

The Family Research Council blasted the plan by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and expressed doubt that pornographers would want to give up the dot com domain, because it "has been a cash cow for the porn industry."

"Instead, they will populate the '.xxx' domain and perhaps double the number of porn sites available on the Web," said Patrick Trueman, FRC's senior legal counsel and former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, in a statement.

I'd say I have to agree with them. It would only work if porn sites were restricted to those domains. As it is pornographers grab any domain they can find as a way of luring people to their sites. I've heard of churches who neglected their domain expiration, only to find it snatched up by a porn site, who offered to sell it back to them for a sizable sum. They, of course, refused, but had to continually explain why, what had been their web sit, now contained porn.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 7, 2005 07:36 AM

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