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    sTLDs hoping to enter legacy root Adult entertainment trade association starts letter writing campaign against .XXX
    posted by Mueller on Wednesday September 14 2005, @06:09PM

    Tom Hymes writes "The Free Speech Coalition, the trade association for the adult entertainment industry, has started a letter-writing campaign in opposition to the creation of a .XXX TLD. It can be found here - www.freespeechcoalition.com/xinfo.htm - along with the reasons for our opposition.

    www.fightthedotxxx.com is also gathering company names to send to ICANN.

    I'm sure there are a plethora of opinions here regarding .XXX, many for it, some against it, some indifferent, but whatever you feel about pornography, the wisdom of segregating lawful speech on the Internet, or even the independence of ICANN, please keep in mind that this particular application is for a sponsored TLD, and that contrary to their claims, ICM Registry does not have anywhere near the industry support needed to legitimize this application.

    Unfortunately, while ICANN can hear the Commerce Department and its 6000 religious right letter-writers loud and clear, they become quite deaf when the industry's trade association contacts them. But then, the entire process regarding this .XXX application has been replete with misrepresentations, outright fraudulent claims, and a profound lack of transparency or open communication. Unfortunately, the stakes are far too high to ignore ICANN's lapse of responsibility, which is why we are asking our members, our industry, and everyone who cares about free speech to join us in opposing the approval of .XXX.

    Thanks for your attention, and please help us oppose this bad idea that will not work."

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    by AmericaAtLarge on Thursday September 15 2005, @12:56PM (#16224)
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    What you are trying to do is, in effect, to impose your moral values and to censor ideas. This shouldn't be tolerated any more than ICANN's wavering on issues.


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    About those "6,000" letters
    by jberryhill on Thursday September 22 2005, @03:43PM (#16228)
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    What Mr. Hymes fails to point out, and what is well-known to anyone paying attention, is that those "6,000 letters" to Commerce were automated emails sent from a religious/political website with a "submit" button, the URL of which was posted on an adult webmaster forum along with the suggestion that those opposed to the proposal go and hit the button.

    It is not unusual on the internet for people to disagree about any particular proposal or idea. Those opposed to .xxx are not required to participate, to register a domain name, or indeed to care one way or another. Is it surprising that there is a tinfoil-hat brigade who believes that a TLD within a computer network addressing system would spell the end of the world? Not really. Where were these people during the public comment period, or indeed during the several years that this application has been on the table?

    But, why bother to actually engage in the process when you can collect donations by persuading the persuadable that the end of the world is near.

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