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Porn stars are set to rally against the proposed .xxx top-level domain name outside the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) public meeting in San Francisco next week. The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), a porn trade group, has called a press conference and rally outside the Westin St Francis Hotel in Union …

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  1. s. pam
    WTF?

    Well, Fuck Me

    Or is that Fuck You, Fuck Them, Fuck Us, Who The Fuck, What the Fuck, I Fuck Me......

    I just bit the inside of my mouth laughing whilst eating lunch -- Thanks!

    1. Gordon 10 Silver badge

      Or maybe

      It's just a complete clusterfuck?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Extensive Coverage?

    > El Reg will of course provide coverage direct from the scene next Thursday regardless, and will endeavour to provide as many photographs as possible. ®

    Thegister

    Paris because... well it's up her alley.

    1. sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD
      Thumb Up

      And video!

      Don't forget the video!!!

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    Is this just a misunderstanding?

    With a slogan of ".XXX is bullshit!" maybe this is just a misunderstanding?

    While I'm sure they will cater for lovers of juvencus excrement, I'm sure those with more conventional tastes will alo be catered for...

    Mines the one with the DVD of "Down on the Farm" in the pocket....

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    resistance has been fierce?

    > Resistance to .xxx has been so fierce, from Christian groups as well as the porn business, that ICANN has had to create entirely new appeal and review mechanisms for processing the application.

    <insert joke about RSI and dried-in yougurt in yer laptop keyboard)

  5. JDX Gold badge

    Let's be adult about it

    I wonder how much that masterpiece cost them.

    1. Gordon 10 Silver badge

      I would guess

      Saatchi saw them coming and shafted them.

  6. James Pickett

    Date

    "rally outside the Westin St Francis Hotel in Union Square at 12.30pm, 17 March"

    That's in the diary, then!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      be careful

      There's only 5 feet or so of pavement (sidewalk) in front of the Westin SF, step off that & you'll get flattened by a cable car. Wonder why they picked such a precise and impractical location, instead of just saying "Union Sq" ?

      All seems a lot of pointless fuss by the FSC anyway. Of couse everyone's office firewall will block .xxx, but who's that going to surprise or inconvenience, honestly?

  7. mrobaer
    WTF?

    Why?

    "Resistance to .xxx has been so fierce, from Christian groups as well as the porn business, "

    I don't understand why "Christians" would oppose this. I'm wondering why they aren't taking it further and requesting that after the passage of .xxx that ALL 'adult entertainment' be migrated to .xxx or shut down. That would make it so much easier to block/filter.

    It seems the porn industry has it's lobbyists out in full force.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      read it as...

      "American" Christian groups. I always find it makes more sense then.

      Yes, your right. It's the sensible thing to do that makes sense, but American Christian groups are worried that .xxx would create more porn on the internet.

      . . .

      You'd think that they might notice that they are protesting alongside the porn industry and start thinking that if the porn industry is trying to stop this they should be arguing in the opposite direction, but hey. Only in America.

    2. doperative
      Joke

      why Christians oppose PORN

      > I don't understand why "Christians" would oppose this .. mrobaer

      Because that would lead to legitimising PORN, instead of feeling guilty over your porn stash, like a good Christian should do.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: why Christians oppose PORN

        Indeed... Porn is bad... Wasting all that paper, DVD plastic and hard drive space on nudey prod material... You should be green and just shag an choir boy.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    curious

    why would they be bothered that it will be easy to block porn on the interwebs via a .xxx domain.

    surely the only reason why they would want it to be hard to block porn is so that you can accidently stumble uppon it or browse porn via your employers interwebs.

    surely if you moved all porn to .xxx then an argument can be made that because it is so easy to block then less restrictions should be placed on the porn industry on the interwebs.

    1. Alastair 7

      No

      I might be wrong, but I believe the argument has nothing to do with censoring content in the workplace or for the kiddies. It's the idea of censorship in the first place.

      Take The Sun's Page 3, for example. Topless ladies, but the newspaper isn't on the top shelf. Should it be an .xxx domain? You might say not, others might say yes. Agreeing on standards of decency across the world is anything but simple.

    2. Gerhard Mack

      I'm guessing it's because they don't care about your job

      These are the people who go out of their way to find ways to make you stumble on it by accident. Remember this is the industry that brought us whitehouse.com and nasa.org(found both at different times by accident while in class a decade ago when I was at school).

      I don't mind that porn is out there since what consenting adults want to spend their time and money on is their own business but I really do mind accidentally bringing up porn sites at inopportune moments when someone seeing me bring the site up can have unfortunate consequences (work, school etc).

    3. E 2

      Christain issue with .xxx

      The Christians see .xxx as recognition and legitimization of the porn business.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well if they don't like .xxx

    What about .cum as an alternative?

    1. cs94njw

      Re: What about .cum as an alternative?

      No, because the Welsh want that ;)

  10. Wasteland

    Dot-XXX - The Movie

    Last autumn, a group of adult industry producers joined together to create this entertaining parody short film that provides a look at some of the issues of why dot-xxx is just a bad idea. see it here:

    http://dotxxxopposition.com/2010/08/08/xxx-the-movie/

    Enjoy!

    Colin

  11. Drummer Boy
    Coat

    Can I get a .god domain

    So I can block all the god squad nonsense???

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A whole domain for a movie franchise

    themove.xxx

    stateoftheunion.xxx

    xander-cage.xxx

    vin-diesel.xxx

    And it just goes on

    1. Asgard
      Joke

      @"a movie franchise"

      Not just a movie franchise, it could be applied to other websites as well. For example, I better quickly get www.theregister.xxx ;)

      Not sure what I will do with it, but it would be a very good place to put outright filth like this...

      http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/11/26/ventblockers_2/

      ;)

  13. mrobaer
    Thumb Up

    @ AC 18:19

    "You'd think that they might notice that they are protesting alongside the porn industry and start thinking that if the porn industry is trying to stop this they should be arguing in the opposite direction, but hey. Only in America."

    That would be logical. As a Christian myself, I really don't care about the .xxx domain or porn itself. I figure it doesn't pertain to me or mess with anyone's rights, so just leave it be. Removing the object of an addiction from the person who is addicted does not cure the addiction. Instead more time should be spent helping to remove the desire for the addictive object in a healthy way. It doesn't matter if there are 100 or 100,000,000 porn sites out there to someone who isn't interested in it. Just try to count the amount of twitter feeds, blogs, youtube channels, etc, that are not followed. :)

    I used "Christian" earlier in that format alluding to the crazies out there who always go too far, so far that they'd be hard pressed to even be called Christians at all (ie; Westboro Baptist Church).

  14. Eduard Coli
    Flame

    ICANNt or ICANNot

    Why does the Internet community at large put up with this useless insider club power grab?

    It seems everything they do is a complete fuck-up.

    They do not own the Internet, the people who paid for it do, so ICANN should go the fuck home and get an easy check somewhere else.

  15. Curtis Crowson

    What! There's Porn on the internet?

    Wow, I just can't believe it.

    1. mmiied
      Joke

      AH HA

      we have found Jacqui Smith Elreg id

  16. NoneSuch Silver badge
    Happy

    I did better than that...

    Instead of just banning .XXX on our domain firewall I went ahead and banned .??? instead.

    I love the break. No Facebook. No Tweets. No annoying YouTube fake vids. Ahhhhhhhh...

  17. FozzyBear
    Black Helicopters

    I'm more worried about .GOV

    Have you seen the filth they go on about on the political party pages? Honestly they fuck with your intelligence, screw with your money, gangbang you in the lead up to an election. Honestly most porn sites are tame in comparison

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    what's so hard to understand

    The post is required, and must contain letters. Thank you.

    That last ejaculation was a mistake. I wasn't in a full upright position when i hammered home that last one. So i had to come again and redouble my effort. More Paris.

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  20. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    Oh! The Humanity.

    Can you see the pastor of the Westborough Baptist Chuch protesting along-side Peter North or Ron Jeremy, or [insert name of your favorite gang-banger here]?

    That's a photo-op just waiting to happen.

  21. Dr Patrick J R Harkin

    You haven't got long to get ready.

    I suggest you open that pot of pink gloss and the crate of PlayMobil figures and get painting!

  22. Goat Jam
    Joke

    Ummm

    If they moved all the porn to xxx then everybody would wake up in the morning and we'd be all "Hey, where did the Internet go?"

  23. Chris-M
    Stop

    A .xxx tld would be the beginning of massive censorship on the internet

    In the past senators Max Baucus (D., Montana) and Mark Pryor (D., Arkansas) have already proposed to make the use of a .xxx domain mandatory for adult content. Stuart Lawley of the ICM registry has already stated that if the .xxx tld is approved they will start lobbying to make it mandatory.

    This opens a huge can of worms. What exactly is adult content? Hardcore Pr0n? Sites about breast cancer? Sex ed sites? A youtube video of women wearing bikinis?

    Who gets to decide which sites can still use a .com domain and which sites will be forced to move into the .xxx ghetto? What about the owners of adult websites who have invested thousands of dollars into building a brand? What about their SE rankings? Do you really want to put thousands of people out of business simply because you don't like the product they are selling? Well, what if some Islamic extremist started closing down websites he didn't like? Or what if some extreme right Christian sect decided all sites about the theory of evolution are inappropriate?

    And who will pay for all that? Surely policing the internet to make sure no one secretly put up some adult content on a .com domain would come at a cost. Do we raise the price of .com domains to pay for some new government agency to police the .com tld?

    If you allow the creation of a .xxx tld and as a result the eventual mandatory segmentation of the internet based on content, you'll wake up one day in a world where the internet will no longer be the 'ultimate free press'.

    Voltaire once wrote:

    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

    If you believe in freedom of thought, freedom of speech, than don't keep silent.

    Send " @ICANN REJECT the .xxx tld! #icann " on twitter.

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