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Username: Frank S.
Date/Time: Sun, October 15, 2000 at 2:34 AM GMT
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      .xxx and .sex seem like a good idea at face value but they are not...  here is why:

1) These extentions will do nothing to aleviate the perceived shortage of available english or foreign language names in the popular and readily identifiable .com/net/org name space. (who in their right mind would want to run a flower shop or other business at anyway? For that matter, what florist would want

2) Well meaning politicians who do not have a full grasp of the functionality or mechanics of the internet, do not realise that existing adult .com/net/org/ names will simply get redirected by those who control them, to these new .xxx or .sex extensions. The individuals and corporations that control the com/net/org versions of adult URLs realise that they are far too valuable to release back into the namepool. Any effort to force them to do so will fail miserably due to a combination of litigation and lack of enforcement.

There is an old saying that during the gold rush, those who profited were not the miners, but the individuals selling the pick axes and shovels. Today, domain registrars and attorneys play the role of pick axe and shovel salesmen. While I fully support their efforts and right to do so, I do not think that adding a controversial and limited scope extention like .XXX or .SEX  "in the first round" is good for an internet namespace that desperately needs more breadth.

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