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I support option #3

  • To: "icm-options-report@xxxxxxxxx" <icm-options-report@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: I support option #3
  • From: Phil Harvey <PHARVEY@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Apr 2010 09:18:57 -0400

As founder of PHE, Inc./Adam & Eve, I am writing to voice my concern about 
ICM's proposal for a .XXX sTLD.

Adam & Eve is the nation's largest marketer of adult products with millions of 
satisfied customers in the United States and all over the world. Founded in 
1970, Adam & Eve is also one of the oldest names in the rapidly evolving adult 
industry. As the flagship company of PHE, Inc., Adam & Eve caters to a general 
audience. PHE also owns several smaller companies that focus on meeting 
customers' special needs.

Regarding ICM's proposal for a .XXX sTLD: It is our understanding that one of 
the requirements for a sponsored top level domain is "broad-based support from 
the sponsorship community."

As the nation's largest marketer of adult products, we at PHE Inc./Adam & Eve 
oppose the creation of a .XXX sTLD. I also believe that the ICM's claims of 
support based on preregistrations are without merit due to the likely defensive 
nature of the registrations and ICM's coupling of the preregistration process 
with a statement of support as the only option.

To be clear, I do not support the creation of a .XXX sTLD and I do not believe 
it has the adult industry's support.

Moreover, I am extremely concerned with ICM's proposed regulatory board, the 
International Foundation for Online Responsibility (IFFOR). In the best of 
circumstances regulation and policy development for the adult entertainment 
industry is difficult, due to the great potential for censorship.

In IFFOR's case, the selection process and IFFOR's ultimate authority are 
disturbingly vague. That vagueness coupled with their lack of experience in, 
and knowledge of, the adult entertainment industry is a recipe for disaster. 
ICANN does not involve itself in the regulation of industries. Giving 
regulatory authority to an outside entity over an adult industry's online 
presence would be a grave mistake.

For the reasons mentioned above, and because I believe ICANN was well within 
its rights to deny ICM's application at the 2007 Board meeting in Lisbon, I 
encourage ICANN to choose Process Option No. 3. This option would deny ICM's 
petition to move forward with the .XXX sTLD.

Phil Harvey
President and Founder
Adam and Eve/PHE

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