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||Tue, March 6, 2001 at 1:01 PM GMT
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||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?
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
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.