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||Mon, March 5, 2001 at 11:15 PM GMT
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||Objection to .xxx TLD as rstriction of Freedom of Speech
The argument, by some, that requiring
pornographic sites to register with a .xxx extension would be a violation of those
individuals free speech rights is, by simple logic, deniable.
We currently have
laws with prohibit vendors of printed materials from selling and/or displaying sexually
offensive material to children. Requiring pornographic sites to register with .xxx
extensions would be a logical extension of the existing laws concerning marketing
pornographic materials to children.
Would vendors of pornography suggest that we
include pictures from "Hustler", "Cherry" or other such magazines in children's books?
Internet users seeking xxxx rated materials to a .xxx site would be similar to directing
the same people to xxx rated video retailers for sexually explicit materials.
Any vendor of sexually explicit materials who would object to a .xxx TLD on the
basis if freedom of speech would do so ONLY because it would reduce their ability
to attract innocent young minds to their site or because it would allow parents of
children to limit the childs access to such sites.
IF ICANN or anyone else should
object to requiring pornography shops from registering as .xxx sites, then let those
same individuals go home and put a copy of "Debbie Does Dallas" in the V.C.R. on
Saturday morning for THEIR children to watch. Does that sound stupid?
So does allowing children to enter web sites with similar pictures. Worse,
after they enter, they can't exit because the porno site won't let them.
ICANN decide to continue to support their position regarding .xxx TLD's, they should
be prepared to have sites like "New.net" usurp their authority
- Objection to .xxx TLD as rstriction of Freedom of Speech BillMyers, March 5, 2001 @ 11:15 PM (1/1)