Please DO NOT establish an xxx domain
- To: icm-options-report@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Please DO NOT establish an xxx domain
- From: Eddie Settles <itisyourmony@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2010 12:09:03 -0500
. Neither your organization nor the company urging the establishment
of this new domain is arguing that the triple-X domain would clean up
the .COM domain and require all pornographers to move to the triple-X
domain. The .COM domain is a cash cow for pornographers, and they are
not leaving it. Since your organization has no enforcement powers to
make them leave the .COM domain, pornographers would simply expand to
triple-X and maintain their current .COM sites, perhaps doubling the
number of porn sites and doubling their menace to society.
• The triple-X domain will not make it easier to filter porn, even if
all pornographers would voluntarily move there (and that will not
happen). The problem with filtering is not that it is difficult but
sadly that too few parents care enough to employ filters for the home
or laptop computers used by their children. Even if most parents did
use filters on home computers, kids have access to the Internet
outside the home.
• Since most families do not use effective filtering services, the
triple-X domain would merely make hardcore pornography even easier to
find for children. Thus the argument that a triple-X domain would
benefit children by “cleaning up the Internet” is without any basis in
• U.S. citizens should not believe claims by some that the U.S.
Congress could merely pass a law requiring all porn companies to leave
the .COM domain for the triple-X domain. Any law attempting to force
pornographers to relocate to a triple-X domain would likely be
declared unconstitutional because under the First Amendment, all
pornography is “presumptively protected” by the U.S. Constitution
until it has been determined to be “obscene” or “child pornography.”
Just as the U.S. Department of Justice cannot force porn stores to
move or go out of business because it believes that such stores are
operating illegally, the Department cannot force pornographers on
the .COM domain to move or go out of business without first charging
them with a crime and having a court make a determination of illegality.
• Hardcore pornography (or “obscene material,” as it is called in U.S.
law) on the Internet is already a violation of U.S law. The point here
is that if the U.S. Department of Justice is already not enforcing the
laws on the books, what is to make us think they will prosecute
pornographers for merely locating in the wrong domain address?
• If somehow all porn sites providing obscene material would actually
leave the .COM domain for the triple-X domain, they would still be
violating U.S. obscenity law, which prohibits such material on the
Internet regardless of location. We don’t want to provide the
Department of Justice a ready-made excuse to say to illegal porn
companies, “As long as you operate under the triple-X domain, we won’t
prosecute you for the distribution of your illegal materials.”
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