June 02, 2005

.XXX Domain Approved

The .XXX domain is now ICANN approved, per an orgy of reporting. Before people get too hot and bothered, it's more a pornographic titillation itself as opposed to hardcore action.

Though it seems that the only result of my writing is unsatisfied self-gratification, on the off chance there are some voyeurs out there who may derives some pleasure from legal exhibitionism, I put forth the following for display:

Perversely, commercial pornographers would remain relatively unaffected by the [Communications Decency] Act, since we learned that most of them already use credit card or adult verification anyway. Commercial pornographers normally provide a few free pictures to entice a user into proceeding further into the Web site. To proceed beyond these teasers, users must provide a credit card number or adult verification number. The CDA will force these businesses to remove the teasers (or cover the most salacious content with cgi scripts), but the core, commercial product of these businesses will remain in place.

(ACLU v. Reno, District Court decision)

The sites which will buy the XXX domains are the same sites which register for every blacklist and already want credit-cards. It's not about protecting-the-children. Rather, this is a protection-racket, selling compliance to sex sites.

But, let the domain pornography begin!

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in censorware | on June 02, 2005 12:01 AM (Infothought permalink)
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