FRC Voices Opposition to '.xxx' Domain Name

'Pornographers will go to the '.xxx' domain, but they won't leave the '.com'

domain,' says FRC's senior legal counsel Patrick Trueman



Jun 03, 2005, 01:00 ET from Family Research Council

    WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned
 Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently announced a plan to create a ".xxx" domain
 address to house pornographic websites.  Patrick Trueman, FRC's senior legal
 counsel and former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's Child
 Exploitation and Obscenity Section, released the following statement
 expressing strong opposition to ICANN's plan:
     "The new domain would do more harm than good.  The '.com' domain has been
 a cash cow for the porn industry and pornographers will not give it up and
 remove themselves to the '.xxx' domain.  Instead, they will populate the
 '.xxx' domain and perhaps double the number of porn sites available on the
 Web.
     "The '.xxx' domain also cloaks the porn industry with legitimacy.  The
 industry will have a place at the table in developing and maintaining their
 new property.
     "Creating a virtual red light district may also discourage law enforcement
 from bringing obscenity cases on the notion that the problem is solved."
     Patrick Trueman is the author of a newly released FRC pamphlet -- "Dealing
 with Pornography: A Practical Guide For Protecting Your Family and Your
 Community." The pamphlet explains actions that the average citizen can take to
 fight porn in stores, on the internet, and on television.    A download of the
 pamphlet can be found at http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=BC05C01
 
 

SOURCE Family Research Council
    WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned
 Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently announced a plan to create a ".xxx" domain
 address to house pornographic websites.  Patrick Trueman, FRC's senior legal
 counsel and former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's Child
 Exploitation and Obscenity Section, released the following statement
 expressing strong opposition to ICANN's plan:
     "The new domain would do more harm than good.  The '.com' domain has been
 a cash cow for the porn industry and pornographers will not give it up and
 remove themselves to the '.xxx' domain.  Instead, they will populate the
 '.xxx' domain and perhaps double the number of porn sites available on the
 Web.
     "The '.xxx' domain also cloaks the porn industry with legitimacy.  The
 industry will have a place at the table in developing and maintaining their
 new property.
     "Creating a virtual red light district may also discourage law enforcement
 from bringing obscenity cases on the notion that the problem is solved."
     Patrick Trueman is the author of a newly released FRC pamphlet -- "Dealing
 with Pornography: A Practical Guide For Protecting Your Family and Your
 Community." The pamphlet explains actions that the average citizen can take to
 fight porn in stores, on the internet, and on television.    A download of the
 pamphlet can be found at http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?i=BC05C01
 
 SOURCE  Family Research Council