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Just how responsible can pornographers be?
CNETnews.com ^ | November 5th, 2005 | Who is Truth?

Posted on 11/05/2005 6:30:54 AM PST by Who is Truth?

Voluntary .xxx Domain "for Responsible Companies" 8/23/2005 1:12:00 PM

Just how responsible can pornographers be?

The latest proposal for new website domains is (dot) xxx, which would theoretically distinguish these websites from others as being pornographic. The Bush administration is objecting to the creation of a dot xxx domain, and Michael Gallagher, assistant secretary at the Commerce Department, has asked for a hold to be placed on the contract to run the new top-level domain until the .xxx suffix can receive further scrutiny.

Gallagher stated, "The Department of Commerce has received nearly 6,000 letters and e-mails from individuals expressing concern about the impact of pornography on families and children."

ICM Registry--the for-profit company in Florida that plans to operate the .xxx registry--has told reported that it would agree to a month's delay in the approval process to permit it to "address the concerns" raised by the Bush administration and other governments.

Jason Hendeles, founder of ICM Registry, says, "We're focusing our attention on the Department of Commerce and ensuring that we're building this as a voluntary (top-level domain) for responsible companies."

The big question that looms is: Just how responsible can pornographers be?

Source: CNET news.com, August 15, 2005


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government
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Can anyone explain to me why " The Bush administration is objecting to the creation of a dot xxx domain,..."

I know the evils, addictions, and just the plain ole degredation of humanity that pornography promotes. I do not understand why isolating pornography into its own domain on the web would be a bad thing. As I understand, it would make it easier for me to block out the use of my computer for my children to accidentally or even purposly visit a pornographic site.

I support Bush, always have supported him and his administration and most likely always will. Any comments on why they would not support domain would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

1 posted on 11/05/2005 6:30:54 AM PST by Who is Truth?
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To: Who is Truth?

I think an xxx domain is a good idea too.


2 posted on 11/05/2005 6:33:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: Who is Truth?

Not of much consequence. Apparently, http is still the only internet protocol the government has heard of. Probably just as well.


3 posted on 11/05/2005 6:35:39 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: cripplecreek

and all pornography should be FREE by law.


4 posted on 11/05/2005 6:35:47 AM PST by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
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To: Khepera

OK whatever you say I guess.


5 posted on 11/05/2005 6:38:40 AM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: Who is Truth?

.xxx is a good idea - illegitimate websites would not be able to use that domain.


6 posted on 11/05/2005 6:39:01 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (~~~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~~~)
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To: Khepera
and all pornography should be FREE by law.

Some is! Google with safe search off!! LOL!

7 posted on 11/05/2005 6:40:21 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (~~~A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!~~~)
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To: Who is Truth?
Plainly labeling pornographic sites has to be a good thing. Does anyone really think it's hard to find porn on the internet?

Put it in one place, clearly labeled for what it is and it may improve firewall protection as well.

8 posted on 11/05/2005 6:40:46 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Who is Truth?

I don't know but I am volunteering to review all .xxx sites just to make sure they belong there


9 posted on 11/05/2005 6:40:48 AM PST by misterrob
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To: All

I think the objection is based on the "voluntary" notion.

If xxx can be easily blocked then the perveyors will not be able to easily get misdirected traffic (ie whitehouse.com vs whitehouse.gov)

There is no incentive to have this actually used.


10 posted on 11/05/2005 6:42:26 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Khepera
All pornography should be free by law?

No, that would be the FREEDOM OF SPEECH should be free. Go tell the pornographic companies that they should let you view all their material for free and see what they give you.

Read our constitution Khpera, it truly is an amazing document that can teach us all about what freedom is.
11 posted on 11/05/2005 6:43:44 AM PST by Who is Truth? (TRUTH is not relative)
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To: muir_redwoods

My friends daughter was looking for an asian cartoon character a while back. She found plenty and announced that people everywhere are disgusting.


12 posted on 11/05/2005 6:45:35 AM PST by cripplecreek (Never a minigun handy when you need one.)
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To: Who is Truth?

I guess I should have used the /s flag


13 posted on 11/05/2005 6:45:50 AM PST by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
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To: Who is Truth?
"I do not understand why isolating pornography into its own domain on the web would be a bad thing."

It provides cover to the pornographers, just as the voluntary MPAA rating scale did for moviemakers.

They'd be free to produce any kind of garbage and, as long as it's rated properly, be free to market it.

14 posted on 11/05/2005 6:50:30 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: Khepera
My bad Khepera. After reading your post again I realized that it was geared more towards humor / sarcasm rather than an ignorant statement. Sorry about that. To paraphrase scripture, I should be quick to read, and slow to reply.

Sorry again
15 posted on 11/05/2005 6:52:53 AM PST by Who is Truth? (TRUTH is not relative)
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To: Khepera
It is, but you have to make it yourself ...

The male of the scene has to be able to stand up to the pressure ...

16 posted on 11/05/2005 6:53:56 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: Khepera

To most I don't think it was necessary.


17 posted on 11/05/2005 6:54:54 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: Who is Truth?

No problem.
Usually it is my caustic writing that gets me into trouble.


18 posted on 11/05/2005 6:55:19 AM PST by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
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To: Khepera
I was just teasin', I sure know it ain't all free ...
19 posted on 11/05/2005 6:55:43 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: 68 grunt

Porn is what you make it.


20 posted on 11/05/2005 6:57:33 AM PST by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
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To: Khepera

:^)


21 posted on 11/05/2005 6:58:00 AM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
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To: Who is Truth?
"No, that would be the FREEDOM OF SPEECH should be free."

ALL speech should be free, or can we, as a society, decide that some speech is too offensive?

22 posted on 11/05/2005 6:58:25 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: Khepera
and all pornography should be FREE by law.

See the OSP (open source porn) initiative.

23 posted on 11/05/2005 7:06:55 AM PST by mikegi
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To: Who is Truth?
For all who noticed and raised an eyebrow or two, I made a very bad mistake. I am not the author of that article nor did I intend to take the credit for the article. It was my bad for thinking wrongly when it asked for the author. I thought they were talking the author of the POST, which is me.

Letfreedomring.com did not have the author listed, just the source as CNETnews.com.

Once again, I DID NOT WRITE THE "Just how responsible can pornographers be? article.

My apologies to the author. Please forgive me.
24 posted on 11/05/2005 7:09:13 AM PST by Who is Truth? (TRUTH is not relative)
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To: Who is Truth?

I don't think anyone has answered your question as to why the Bush administration would object to the .xxx domain. I think it's a good idea. It would make it much easier to filter out the garbage when surfing the web, yet still protect "free speech" concerns.


25 posted on 11/05/2005 7:10:26 AM PST by manwiththehands (Big Lie #1: "Islam is a peaceful religion"; Big Lie #2: Bush "lied")
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To: cripplecreek

I think it is a good ideal as well. What tropical hell-hole has been chosen for their new domain?


26 posted on 11/05/2005 7:24:04 AM PST by Dionysius (ACLU is the enemy)
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To: Who is Truth?

How would this affect foreign domain sites? I have a feeling these people would find a work around to continue to prey upon unsuspecting people.


27 posted on 11/05/2005 7:38:57 AM PST by Indy Pendance
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To: Who is Truth?

.xxx should only be allowed if the administrators of the .com, .biz, .net, etc domains ban porn sites from their control -- otherwise it is completely pointless.

porn is a drug and it works just like other drugs... by luring. pornographers are not going to happily isolate themselves into a corner where they can be easily blocked and ignored. it just is not going to happen by default.

on top of that you're going to have companies having to buy (and thus financially support) their .xxx domain to protect it. ibm.xxx, microsoft.xxx, whitehouse.xxx, etc.

the .xxx domain just give pornographers free reign w/o bumping them off of the existing domains.

now, i would FULLY support putting them in their own red light district if it also got them out of the business/commercial district.


28 posted on 11/05/2005 7:49:25 AM PST by kpp_kpp
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To: Admin Moderator; Who is Truth?
For all who noticed and raised an eyebrow or two, I made a very bad mistake. I am not the author of that article nor did I intend to take the credit for the article. It was my bad for thinking wrongly when it asked for the author. I thought they were talking the author of the POST, which is me.

Letfreedomring.com did not have the author listed, just the source as CNETnews.com.

Once again, I DID NOT WRITE THE "Just how responsible can pornographers be? article.

My apologies to the author. Please forgive me.

Mods, please make the fix?

29 posted on 11/05/2005 8:05:09 AM PST by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Who is Truth?; GatorGirl; maryz; afraidfortherepublic; Antoninus; Aquinasfan; livius; ...

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30 posted on 11/05/2005 8:06:04 AM PST by narses (St Thomas says “lex injusta non obligat”)
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To: manwiththehands

Getting the pornsters to yank up their .com and .net roots and go to .xxx would be unenforceable in many parts of the world. A lot of porn is US based but by no means all of it.


31 posted on 11/05/2005 8:08:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck
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To: cripplecreek
.xxx will never work as porn companies (most which are based overseas anyway) will easily circumvent it.

Besides, the free market is already taking care of online porn. There's tons of blockers and programs that consumers can buy, such as NetNanny and Cybersitter.

32 posted on 11/05/2005 8:10:28 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed)
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To: narses

" + " what does this mean?


33 posted on 11/05/2005 8:43:03 AM PST by Who is Truth? (TRUTH is not relative)
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To: robertpaulsen

They'd be free to produce any kind of garbage and, as long as it's rated properly, be free to market it.



What bkind of garbage are you worried about them marketing that they aren't already?


34 posted on 11/05/2005 9:25:16 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Your FRiendly FReeper Patent Attorney)
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To: Beelzebubba
"What bkind of garbage are you worried about them marketing that they aren't already?"

Oh, they already are? Well then, they certainly don't need a .XXX domain then do they?

35 posted on 11/05/2005 9:36:30 AM PST by robertpaulsen
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To: Who is Truth?

Later pingout. An xxx domain is better than what there is now. At least the sickness can be contained.


36 posted on 11/05/2005 10:17:05 AM PST by little jeremiah
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To: Who is Truth?

Michael Moore was hoping to use that domain for his personal line of plus-size designer clothing stores. :0)


37 posted on 11/05/2005 10:22:35 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Many Democrats are not weak Americans. But nearly all weak Americans are Democrats.)
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To: Who is Truth?

The Sign of the Cross.


38 posted on 11/05/2005 11:34:47 AM PST by narses (St Thomas says “lex injusta non obligat”)
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