What's Wrong With .XXX?
Posted in: Domain Names at 02/03/2011 22:34
The adult industry is still vehemently opposed to the .XXX sTLD with Diane Duke, the Free Speech Coalition Executive Director, writing that "ICM and Stuart Lawley want to use your money to perpetuate the myth that child pornography is connected to the adult entertainment industry."
"But the industry already knows that the myth is not true. In fact, we know it's...BULLSHIT!!!!"
In part one of what is described as a five-part series on the AVN website, Duke is critical of ICM's decision, promised ICANN's Government Advisory Committee (GAC), to "donate $10 per year per registration to fund IFFOR's policy development activities and to provide financial support for the work of online safety organizations, child pornography hotlines, and to sponsor the development of tools and technology to promote child safety and fight child pornography."
Duke writes "There's a problem with ICM's math, however. This is the same ten dollars per year per registration that ICM's Stuart Lawley described -- and continues to describe -- quite differently to the adult entertainment community. As recently as July, 2010, for example, he posted the following statement to XBIZ.NET:"
"IFFOR will be tasked with setting the policies for .XXX. Details can be found on www.iffor.org. This is an independent entity from ICM and will be funded through a contract with ICM to the tune of $10 per registration per year. We estimate now that we will launch with between 300,000-500,000 names so that would translate to $3-$5 million a year for IFFOR.
"With annual operating costs of approximately $500,000 per year, substantial monies will be available for IFFOR to donate, sponsor and fund whatever initiatives it feels appropriate. We envisage a range of initiatives being considered, including but not limited to: health and safety of Adult Industry workers, legal challenges facing the industry such as 2257, piracy, counterfeiting, onerous legislation etc, labeling initiatives, combating child abuse, parental awareness etc."
Duke believes that "ICM has insinuated that the adult entertainment community needs ICM to save the Internet from the child predators that are the adult entertainment community. This is not only an insult to our industry, it also is a lie. The adult entertainment industry has always supported efforts to improve child Internet safety, especially greater parental involvement in filtering and supervising their children's use of the Internet."
"The adult entertainment industry also knows full well that child pornographers and those who peddle adult material to minors would simply avoid .XXX and IFFOR, just as they now avoid the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) and its members, and what currently is the legitimate adult entertainment industry. If ICM truly wants to help children, it would develop a .KIDS TLD, which it actually dropped it years ago in favor of the presumably more profitable scheme to leech off the adult entertainment industry," writes Duke.
She also says "Stuart Lawley promised ICANN that IFFOR will use $10 per registration for child protection. He promised the adult entertainment community that the very same money will be used to protect the industry. But it is NOT his money; it is your money, and it is a fraction of the amount ICM will try to suck out of you -- all in the name of 'child protection.'"
The full article by Diane Duke, Free Speech Coalition Executive Director, is available from: