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ADF special counsel:  .xxx domain rightly rejected

Proposed .xxx domain name for pornographic Web sites would have opened door to increased porn on the Internet, offered “false hope” in protecting children
Published On: 10/18/2017

OAKTON, Va. — The proposed .xxx domain for pornographic Web sites was rightly rejected Friday, according to ADF Special Counsel Patrick Trueman, former chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division, in the U.S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993.

“When it comes to deciding between protecting the profits of pornographers and protecting children, our children come first,” said Trueman.  “The proposed .xxx domain offered nothing but false hope to those wanting to keep Internet pornography from children.  Pornographers would simply expand to .xxx and maintain their current .com sites, perhaps doubling the number of porn sites and doubling their menace to society.” 

For the third time in seven years, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the agency that controls Internet domains, rejected the .xxx domain idea.  Trueman said ICM Registry, Inc., the company proposing the domain, did not pretend that the new domain would clean up the .com domain, and ICANN has no enforcement powers to make it happen.

“Thus the argument that .xxx would benefit children is without any basis in fact,” Trueman said.  Trueman also pointed out that most families do not use effective filtering services on their computers, so a .xxx domain would merely make hardcore pornography even easier to find for children seeking such material. 

 “The U.S. Department of Justice has all the tools it needs to stop U.S. commercial pornographers, who are responsible for most Internet pornography, from operating illegally on the Internet, but those tools are just not being used,” Trueman explained.

Federal law prohibits distribution of any hardcore pornography (obscenity) on the Internet, yet during the last two administrations, prosecutions have been limited mostly to small companies selling only the most extreme material, depicting animals, human waste, and vicious rape material.  According to Trueman, such material comprises only about one percent of illegal content on the Internet.

“This approach has given a green light to the largest porn companies, which distribute a wide variety of illegal hardcore material on hundreds of thousands of .com sites,” Trueman said.  “Congress did not intend to exclude 99 percent of hardcore pornography when it passed new pornography laws targeting Internet pornography 10 years ago.” 

 Trueman predicted that this is not the last we will hear of the .xxx domain.  “There is too much money at stake,” he said.

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. 

 

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