Porn domain proposal back on the agenda

By Derek Sooman on March 21, 2006, 7:22 AM
Plans have been revived for the .xxx Internet domain purely for pornography. The plans were initially dropped in December 2005, thanks to the pressure exerted by the Christian Right group on the Bush administration. But apparently, the proposal has been revived again by Senate Democrats.

Max Baucus of Montana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas, who introduced a bill called "Cyber Safety for Kids Act of 2006," requiring the US Department of Commerce to work in tandem with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a global internet governing body, so as to develop a domain name system which will house material deemed "harmful to minors." The bill suggests that .xxx be used as the domain name ending.

Under this legislation, all pornographic Web sites will be required to relocate under .xxx. In effect, parents will be able to use software to block their children from accessing these sites. Besides, Web sites failing to comply with these conditions will be liable to face civil penalties as decided by the US Commerce Department.




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DragonMaster said:
[quote]Besides, Web sites failing to comply with these conditions will be liable to face civil penalties as decided by the US Commerce Department.[/quote]I think they forgot that the Internet is not 100% located in the USA.
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