India to ban .xxx domains

By on March 26, 2011, 2:03 PM
India has declared its stance against the recently approved .xxx sponsored top-level domain (sTLD). The Indian government plans to block all .xxx domains once they begin to be deployed.

"India along with many other countries from the Middle East and Indonesia opposed the grant of the domain in the first place, and we would proceed to block the whole domain, as it goes against the IT Act and Indian laws," said an Indian senior official at the ministry of IT, according to The Economic Times. "Though some people have said that segregation is better, and some countries allow it. But for other nations transmission and direct distribution of such content goes against their moral and culture."

Distributing adult content is illegal in India, and violators can face a maximum of five years in prison. That being said, Indian law does not forbid the consumption of pornographic materials.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the .xxx TLD last week, and the first domains will likely start to appear within the next few months. The idea for a TLD which hosts only sites that feature adult content had been on the table for 11 years.

In order to register a new .xxx domain, porn sites have to pass an application process that's designed to ensure that their site does not engage in fraud, child pornography, nor offer up malware to users. A key reason the porn industry opposes the new TLD is that it adds additional costs: sites have to register and pay for additional .xxx domain names to avoid having their brands hijacked.

India's decision confirms the main objection raised by critics of the TLD: that it would make censorship of pornographic materials far easier to pull off. Others want exactly this; the new suffix enables easier policing by parents and employers.




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Guest said:

lol its only against india laws because they are all sad ****s that make sex illegal and tbh i wouldnt be surprised if curiosity all together was made illegal in india. The fact that adult content is illegal in india just shows no matter what age they are they all have a brain like a kid they know nothing and they wont grow up.

Guest said:

lol wtf are you talking about guest? do you live in india? have you ever been to india? or do you just watch the simpsons and get all your info from there? lol why does legalizing porn make you an adult?? the article clearly states that the consumption of porn is still legal, so citizens still have access to it. but as a nation, they do not want to associate themselves with the porn industry.

you talk a lot of smack about the worlds largest democracy lol. at least india explains its laws and elects its officials.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Bazinga guest from guest hahahaha...

Every nation has their right to have their laws, and NO ONE has a right to get there and try and change them, or think they have the ultimate answer to somethings problems. That ain't right.

Cota Cota said:

P0wn to Guest on March 26, 2011 2:10 PM, thats the point of the .xxx since its a way to mass block adult content and if people in India think that watching porn is rather indecent well its their right "Mr. i just watch porn Guest"

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Politicians making a meaningless gesture? No effin way!

KG363 KG363 said:

Wow, did not see this coming

/sarcasm

Benny26 Benny26, TechSpot Paladin, said:

It'll be a sad day for many Indians...

war59312 said:

Hi,

This is BS! Should be up to the people not the Government of any state to block porn.

It's already easy enough for parents to block porn, we don't need the government doing it for us.

We the people should, hell demand, to have the choice in the matter!! Thank God I am an American. So don't have to worry about this sort of shit! Anyways..

We need International law that makes it illegal to censor just because you (the government) does not like it.

I am all for blocking terrorism related sites and sites that try and sell stolen products (not torrent sites, I'm talking about sites making money off stolen products, not just copyright infringement).

This is censorship at it's finest.

"Every nation has their right to have their laws, and NO ONE has a right to get there and try and change them, or think they have the ultimate answer to somethings problems. That ain't right."

BS!! The world is now multinational and you must obey international law (you don't and you get thrown out of power like what is happening this week in the middle east or you start a WAR or both or something worse).

Just because you are your own sovereign state does not mean you can do whatever the hell you like. Like it or you will be forced to obey international law one way or another (may take time).

Besides, India is a widely recognized member of the UN. Which guess what? That means it recognizes international law and agrees to follow it.

So sure you can make your own laws, but your are still limited to what those laws can be.

No one would stand for it if India decided to pass a law saying any government agent can shoot you dead any time the ******* feel like it just because they ******* feel like it.

Yes that's of course extreme and would never happen. That's the ******* point, damn it!

cya,

Will

PS: So sick and tired of everyone blaming the US for the world's troubles. You got your own selves in this mess and we are doing out best to clean it up.

I'm sure that will start some debate, no?

Guest said:

Hey, it's THEIR country. If the people don't like it, throw them out.

LOL...seems to be working in Egypt, maybe in Libya and other places.

w3b0n said:

whats up with the war59312, international laws?

All the "international laws" that promotes war by any circumstance is bad. Period.

Killing people sucks, this is not the world that i grown up for nor the world that i want to leave to my kids.

All cultures that doesn't know how to deal trouble with communication and peaceful methods should rethink the internal causes of their belief's, because the actual system of things has some real major flaws and its going to collapse at any time.

RE-THINK.

Premature watching of pornography on a child is harmful, it tends to grow the idea that every woman is a sexual object which is bad for societies good health. You want to keep raising stupid pricks and trolls? let your children watch porn then, but dont blame "PORN" when they become wannabe ganstas, pimps, dealers or some other crap that will lead them to an early death.

Guest said:

Why is this news in the first place????

krayzie said:

being one of the most populus places in the world.. its probably not a bad thing..

horny mofos heheh

Guest said:

The mass exodus of India begins.

Guest said:

Why this is even considered news I don't know, and why people outside of India protest this I also don't know. If the Indian people want porn, they live in the world's largest democracy and will be able to get it.

Xclusiveitalian Xclusiveitalian said:

Wow sucks to be them lol

Guest said:

A country does not need porn which has Tantra...

negroplasty negroplasty said:

They're gonna miss out on a lot of porn lol...

Guest said:

Yes India is world biggest democrazy (not democracy) because the country where their national hero can not say what they want to say like,

The Shiv Sena threatened it would not allow screening of Shah Rukh Khan's movies till he apologised for his remarks regretting the absence of Pakistani cricketers in the forthcoming Indian Premier League tournament in March, and later he apologized because of Shiv Sena pressure,

This is just one example,

Judge before saying!

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

"Premature watching of pornography on a child is harmful, it tends to grow the idea that every woman is a sexual object which is bad for societies good health."

What if it is man on man gay porn? Do the children still grow the idea that every woman is a sexual object? :P

Guest said:

One thing done good by our Government... :D

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

When I lived in Bali, they had (and still do) pretty strict laws prohibiting porn as well. I thought it was amusing because, the prostitutes there were never harassed, and man were there a lot of prostitu...err, anyway, none of the locals I spoke with cared about porn at all, they were more interested in the real thing (which was plenty abundant).

Guest said:

""Premature watching of pornography on a child is harmful, it tends to grow the idea that every woman is a sexual object which is bad for societies good health.""

Thats BS, and is written by a bible thumper.

Guest said:

I would like to tell people responsible for banning .XXX domain in India :

1) Teri Maa ki Chut

2) bhen ke Laude

3) Haraam ki aulaad

4) Maaderchod

5) Bhosdike

All of the above are very nice and encouraging words to them. Freaking no brain Maniacs. BAN these good for nothing bureaucrats n politicians.

gobbybobby said:

Nooo not the porn! Anything but the porn!

hitech0101 said:

The above comments are quite ridiculous because they don't know what they're talking about.

If you were Indian you would knew quite well why this happened & you could care less about it.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

The above comments are quite ridiculous because they don't know what they're talking about.

If you were Indian you would knew quite well why this happened & you could care less about it.

I think I know why this happened! It's to keep up the "productivity" of "customer service" and "telephone sales" agents, by preventing them from surfing porn during their 12 hour workday!

I suspect the only thing they'll be allowed to have at "phoneside", is a dictionary of "Common English Given Names". That way, they'll be able change their "nom de plume" away from something like, "Biff", "Drake", or "Cinderella", when it isn't working for them.

With porn available to these employees, they might be either tempted to, or preoccupied enough, to adopt a porn name by accident.

I mean God knows, we can't have, "Miles Long" or "Lotta Goo" calling the president of the PTA, now can we?

gobbybobby said:

LOL next time I call my ISP and get the Indian call center I will be imagining the only reason they put me on hold is to jack off in the extreamly small box they work in.

Guest said:

If people are already watching porn, I'm sure they'll keep watching porn.

Shutting down napster didn't shut down music piracy.

I still do not know a single person in the world who pays for music.

lipe123 said:

Just putting this out there but isnt India the place where there are plenty "temples" with these type of engravings on them: [link]

Aka India is the founder and daddy of all pornz today, soo I'm really confused by this whole thing.

lipe123 said:

Interesting how there is no edit/delete option on these comments.

Re-read the article and it seems they only want to ban it because it forces all porn into a category and then its no longer legal to hide freaky illegal porn under .com/net/etc domains.

Also means that all porn can easily be filtered out by IPS's/schools/government/etc by simply blocking .xxx.

Guest said:

Very interesting! Someone mentions porn and suddenly everyone's an authority. Each nation has the prerogative to pass laws that it feels is in the better interest of the majority of its citizens. If a certain individual feels his/her freedom has been stripped away, he/she could always find 'creative' ways to overcome present predicament or perhaps migrate to one of those nations where greater freedom enables anyone to pursue any desire and indulge in any perversion. In the meanwhile, perhaps we should stick to technology. We can always shift to porn if this site is called G-Spot.

hitech0101 said:

captaincranky said:

The above comments are quite ridiculous because they don't know what they're talking about.

If you were Indian you would knew quite well why this happened & you could care less about it.

I think I know why this happened! It's to keep up the "productivity" of "customer service" and "telephone sales" agents, by preventing them from surfing porn during their 12 hour workday!

I suspect the only thing they'll be allowed to have at "phoneside", is a dictionary of "Common English Given Names". That way, they'll be able change their "nom de plume" away from something like, "Biff", "Drake", or "Cinderella", when it isn't working for them.

With porn available to these employees, they might be either tempted to, or preoccupied enough, to adopt a porn name by accident.

I mean God knows, we can't have, "Miles Long" or "Lotta Goo" calling the president of the PTA, now can we?

Again you guyz have no idea do you? Just because a part of the population works there doesn't mean everyone does. Well if you judge us by that means then we can judge you by watching your people do crazy stuff in youtube.

Staff
Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

There's some irony here given the fact that India brought us the Kama Sutra...

Guest said:

LOL. Why are you guys arguing so much about that Indians wouldn't be able to watch internet porn?

One thing most of you don't realize is that it doesn't really matter to indians. They don't rely that much on internet porn. 99.9% of the Indians don't watch internet porn anyway. So, removal of it doesn't really affect them.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Why Do Men Climb Mountains.....?

Pick a topic, any topic......

LOL. Why are you guys arguing so much about that Indians wouldn't be able to watch internet porn?

One thing most of you don't realize is that it doesn't really matter to indians. They don't rely that much on internet porn. 99.9% of the Indians don't watch internet porn anyway. So, removal of it doesn't really affect them.

Well, because somebody posted the thread, that's why!. After which, it then became both our responsibility and manifest destiny to argue about it! BTW, where did you get that statistic about Indians and internet porn, I'd want you to divulge your source before I start accepting that as fact. I think it probably more like 99% DO watch internet porn. I don't have a source. But, I do have my personal belief system, and I'm entitled to my opinion!

What's a matter with you? Did you come here looking for an argument or something?

hitech0101 said:

captaincranky said:

]Well, because somebody posted the thread, that's why!. After which, it then became both our responsibility and manifest destiny to argue about it! BTW, where did you get that statistic about Indians and internet porn, I'd want you to divulge your source before I start accepting that as fact. I think it probably more like 99% DO watch internet porn. I don't have a source. But, I do have my personal belief system, and I'm entitled to my opinion!

What's a matter with you? Did you come here looking for an argument or something?

Let's just say 90% of people with internet do watch porn but something many people tend to miss is around 70% of the population is rural which means no internet & the ones with permanent access to internet is quite low especially with broadbands & other high speed internet connections. Also the majority of porn is viewed is probably through dvds. Most people do watch porn but probably not by means of internet.

Guest said:

India may be the world's largest democracy, but there is just way too much corruption in that country hopefully they get rid of that.

Mamoon69 said:

I hope they restrict porn to .XXX domain only and force domain owners/sellers & ISPs to shut-down and stop porn sites running under .COM & .ORG ...etc. & force them to use .XXX only. This makes life easier for parents and anyone who respects morals.

I know that somebody somewhere is pissed-off by my suggestion so I'm ready to be attacked and I don't care cause someday we will face the result of our acts; Good or Evil. So, take it easy and look at it from a different prospective.

Open up your minds and don't let the devil steer you to hell.

Guest said:

It is important to note that porn sites are NOT REQUIRED to have a .xxx domain. It is an option that allows porn sites to be easier identified as what they are. similar to .gov referring to a government entity, and country specific TLDs for country specific sites (no matter how abused these actually are)

Guest said:

americans are jealous. now india will be free of malware, viruses and worms and all that nasty porn stuff that no one wants in their homes., but americans will have to deal with all that crap, and they have to have all that sleaze and disgusting stuff on their cyberspace

Guest said:

india is banning bbw porn lol

T77 T77 said:

Guest said:

lol its only against india laws because they are all sad ****s that make sex illegal and tbh i wouldnt be surprised if curiosity all together was made illegal in india. The fact that adult content is illegal in india just shows no matter what age they are they all have a brain like a kid they know nothing and they wont grow up.

Its "India" ,and not "india".Check with your english before posting.And by the way this is a technology news and analysis site.I don't think this is the right place to post rude remarks about a country and its people.Dont tell me that your country is a utopia.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

While I do believe the following response is appropriate to its flame starting predecessor, there are a few things I would like you to consider.

Its "India" ,and not "india".Check with your english before posting.And by the way this is a technology news and analysis site.I don't think this is the right place to post rude remarks about a country and its people.Dont tell me that your country is a utopia.
With all that said, as I understand it, one of India's prime ministers made a statement something along theses lines. "Now that we have a billion people, the world will have to take us seriously"! I took that to mean the general belief was that you could simply breed yourselves into world prominence". But what do I know.

If there's such a thing as "Utopia by comparison", I honestly believe that any number of countries would far out balance India for the title.

I did apply the proper capitalization(s), as a matter of course.

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