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Username: jonball
Date/Time: Tue, March 6, 2001 at 1:01 PM GMT
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Subject: Bogus on a number of grounds


        The first things that occur to me that make this proposal unworkable and undesirable:       
1. The internet is international.  Every country has different laws and generally accepted standards about what is considered pornographic.  In the UK, where I live, for instance, mainstream US or Continental hardcore pornography is illegal but photos of topless women are considered acceptable on page 3 of family newspapers.  Who would define what needs to go in .xxx?
2. Porn sites aimed at specific markets in the local market would be more logically placed under the country's TLD.
3. .com registration is an automated process, with no policing of the content of sites to which the domains point.  It is not possible to prevent people from using .com (or any other TLD they want) for porn sites.
4. Reference to "free speech rights" belies the US-centric focus of this proposal again.  If all porn was under the .xxx TLD, ISPs would come under pressure from the religious right to bar access to that TLD.  In many countries they do not have "free speech rights" to protect them, so the effect would be that many adults as well as children would be effectively prevented from viewing this material.



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