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jose 18th March 2006 05:03 PM

.XXX tld
 
Ynot is repoting that Senators Baucus and Pryor Author Bill to Create Mandatory Adult .XXX TLD. There is a press release on Pryor’s website regarding the bill.

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) introduced new legislation today that would serve to require websites that contain “material that is harmful to minors” to operate from a new Top-Level Domain.

“The term ‘material that is harmful to minors’ means any communication, picture, image, graphic image file, article, recording, writing or other matter of any kind that is obscene, or that a reasonable person would find –

(A) taking the material as a whole and with respect to minors, is designed to appeal to, or is designed to pander to, the prurient interest;
(B) depicts, describes or represents, in a manner patently offensive with respect to minors
(i) an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual conduct;
(ii) an actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual act; or
(iii) in a lewd exhibition of the genitals or post-pubescent female breast; and
(C) taking the material as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.”

Pretty broad definition.

My guess is that the bill will pass and then be thrown out in court. But if it does stick, it would mean that all the .com and other TLD adult website owners would have to move their operations outside of the US.

Then maybe the US will take a page out of China’s Government handbook and hire 50,000 people to monitor the Internet traffic and sites in the US. Ya gotta love where the US is headed. Maybe they’ll just enforce the law through ICAN (a US entity). Sorry all you international TLD owners; the US is going to destroy your property and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Apparently there’s a race in the US to see which of the two political parties can legislate with their heads furthest up theirs asses. Score one for the Dems today. But don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll have plenty of Republicans jumping on board this bill too. I hate both of our two main political parties. I want to vote for someone like John Locke or Thomas Jefferson - not have to guess which party is going to expand the roll of government LESS in their next term.

Obviously, if the goal is to protect children, the simple answer is to create a .kids TLD and only allow content suitable for children on those domains.

Problem solved.

Instead we have legislation proposed that would destroy over a Billion dollars worth in virtual Real Estate and force hundreds of companies offshore. What about the guy who paid $11,000,000 for sex.com? Oh he gets sex.xxx you say? Well what about the UK owner of pussy.org (#1 in Google for Pussy) and the owner of pussy.com, do they play Rock, paper, scissor to see who gets pussy.xxx?

blastfromthepast 18th March 2006 05:05 PM

Re: .XXX tld
 
Require who? Offshore porn operators?

Drewbert 18th March 2006 05:19 PM

Re: .XXX tld
 
>or post-pubescent female breast

Legislation possibly written by someone whose fetish of choice is pre-pubescent female breast.

Will National Geographic have to move to .xxx ?

Never let prudes run your country.


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