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    April 22nd, 2011
    Domain Names
    content/attachments/13996-dotxxxfire-jpg.html By Connor Young

    YNOT
    – For those of you who are new to the industry and those who were blindsided by the recent news that the dot-xxx sponsored Top Level Domain was approved, I'm here to tell you this battle has been raging for a long time. You may not be aware of it, but opponents of the dot-xxx domain fought its eventual approval for more than eight years.

    As one of the people who has been active in this fight since 2004, I am less than pleased with the news that Joan Irvine, who has been executive director of the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection for many years now, has decided to join forces with ICM Registry, the company responsible for the dot-xxx threat now hanging over the heads of every adult internet business.

    From the start, I always felt ICM's biggest hurdle in getting dot-xxx approved was the utter lack of community support. A sponsored TLD, like dot-travel or dot-edu, is supposed to ...
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    March 25th, 2011
    Domain NamesBusiness News
    content/attachments/13755-dotxxxfire2-jpg.html YNOT – Free Speech Coalition has launched an anti-dot-xxx campaign urging adult businesses not to buy into the dot-xxx sponsored Top Level Domain the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved last week.

    “Collectively, adult businesses understand that ICM Registry’s dot-xxx is bad for the adult entertainment industry,” FSC Executive Director Diane Duke said. “FSC is launching this campaign, thus continuing its effort to rid the industry of this hazard. We are encouraging adult businesses to ‘Just Say No to Dot-xxx.’

    “FSC acknowledges and respects that, when push comes to shove, businesses need to do what they think is best for ...
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    March 8th, 2011
    Domain NamesBusiness News
    content/attachments/13607-fscdotxxx-jpg.html This is part five of “What’s Wrong with Dot-xxx,” a five-part series outlining the Free Speech Coalition’s assessment of the proposed adult-entertainment-specific sponsored Top Level Domain.
    By Diane Duke

    YNOT – You may have noticed a common theme throughout my articles about dot-xxx. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised by the reaction I received to my use of the word “bullshit.” I know it is out of character for me to be so, shall we say, blunt. Those who know me know I take professionalism very seriously; some might say to the point of being boring. Guilty as charged. But I had to get your attention. Dot-xxx is a serious threat to the adult entertainment community, and it is now crunch time, folks.

    The past four articles in this series were designed to explain the threat of dot-xxx. ...
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    March 4th, 2011
    Domain Names
    content/attachments/13585-fscdotxxx-jpg.html This is part four of “What’s Wrong with Dot-xxx,” a five-part series outlining the Free Speech Coalition’s assessment of the proposed adult-entertainment-specific sponsored Top Level Domain.

    By Diane Duke

    YNOT – Is the International Foundation for Online Responsibility an independent entity and not part of dot-xxx registrar-hopeful ICM Registry?

    In his July 8, 2010, post on an adult webmaster forum, ICM Registry Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stuart Lawley wrote, “IFFOR will be tasked with setting policies for .XXX. Details can be found on www.iffor.org. This is an independent entity from ICM and will be funded through contract with ICM to the tune of $10 per registration per year….” There’s that $10 again.

    Let’s explore how “independent” IFFOR is from ICM.

    According ...
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    March 3rd, 2011
    Intellectual PropertyDomain Names
    content/attachments/13573-fscdotxxx-jpg.html This is part three of “What’s Wrong with Dot-xxx,” a five-part series outlining the Free Speech Coalition’s assessment of the proposed adult-entertainment-specific sponsored Top Level Domain.

    By Diane Duke

    YNOT – At the 2010 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers conference in Cartagena, Colombia — some six years after first advancing the dot-xxx sponsored Top Level Domain proposal — ICM Registry finally outlined its plans to protect intellectual property published on dot-xxx domains. The proposal was distributed at a meeting Free Speech Coalition Chairman Jeffrey Douglas and I attended. ICM’s Stuart Lawley also was at that meeting, as was a representative of Valideus ...
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    March 2nd, 2011
    Domain Names
    content/attachments/13566-fscdotxxx-jpg.html This is part two of “What’s Wrong with Dot-xxx,” a five-part series outlining the Free Speech Coalition’s assessment of the proposed adult-entertainment-specific sponsored Top Level Domain.

    By Diane Duke

    YNOT – Registrar-hopeful ICM Registry’s definition of the sponsorship community is:

    The TLD Community will consist of the responsible global online adult-enter¬tain¬ment community (“Community”), generally defined as individuals, business, entities and organizations that: (i) have voluntarily determined that a system of self-identification would be beneficial, (ii) have voluntarily agreed to comply with all [International Foundation for Online Responsibility] ...
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    March 1st, 2011
    UnderageDomain Names
    content/attachments/13552-fscdotxxx-jpg.html This is part one of “What’s Wrong with Dot-xxx,” a five-part series outlining the Free Speech Coalition’s assessment of the proposed adult-entertainment-specific sponsored Top Level Domain.

    By Diane Duke

    YNOT – The adult entertainment industry certainly is no stranger to the use of “child protection” as a pretext to impose unnecessary regulations while engaging in direct attacks on the civil liberties of its members. But governments are not the only serial abusers of this hypocritical tactic. ICM Registry also uses “child protection” as one of the fundamental reasons why a dot-xxx sTLD is needed. The registrar-hopeful even used the specter of child protection ...
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