June 13, 2012

Morality in Media: No More Internet Porn Domains!

.Porn, .Sex, .Adult Domain Proposals should be Rejected

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 13, 2012) – Morality in Media (MIM) said today it will vigorously oppose the expansion of pornography domains on the Internet proposed by ICM Registry, the porn domain company behind the .XXX Domain. Two reasons were given for MIM’s opposition: 1.) More porn domains means more porn on the Internet, and 2.) Non-porn companies, schools, bloggers, and individuals will be scammed into buying “protection” on each new porn registry in order to safeguard their good name.

The Internet Corporation for Assign Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that ICM Registry is applying to add .sex, .porn and .adult to its list of porn-related suffixes in the expansion of the Internet’s generic top-level domains.

“People remember that the .XXX Domain was supposed to solve the Internet’s porn problem,” said Patrick Trueman, president of Morality in Media. “The .XXX Domain advocates said pornography companies would leave the .COM Domain and relocate on .XXX, making the rest of the Internet porn-free.”

“Well the charade is up,” Trueman said. “Porn companies did not give up their .COM sites and move. Instead, many just opened up additional sites on the .XXX domain, making pornography more available on the Internet.”

Trueman also said that those thousands of non-porn companies, schools, bloggers, and individuals who collectively paid ICM Registry millions of dollars in order to protect their brand from association with porn were misled and will now have to pay more protection money. “Many of those that bought protection from ICM Registry paid thousands of dollars to assure that their good name would not be attached to a porn site on .XXX, but they did not know that ICM planned to roll out more and more porn-related domains. ICM Registry stands to make untold millions of dollars from additional porn-related domains but one has to wonder what new porn domains ICM will propose next year.” Trueman urged ICANN to stop this scam now and refuse to approve any new porn domains.

“There is no evidence that the public wants or needs more porn domains,” Trueman said. “In fact, distribution of hardcore (obscene) pornography on the Internet is a violation of U.S. law. The U.S. Department of Justice under U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder should begin enforcing the law. Those involved, including ICM Registry, should be investigated for possible violations of federal obscenity laws.”

America is already suffering an untreated pandemic of harm from pornography and we need less, not more, pornography. Research demonstrates that harms from pornography include: damage of brain function, life-long addictions for both children and adults, isolation and depression, family dysfunction and divorce, increased demand for child pornography and child sexual abuse, increased prostitution and sex trafficking, violence against women, financial instability and the list continues.

Founded in 1962, Morality in Media, Inc. is the leading organization focused on opposing pornography and indecency through public education and the application of the law. http://pornharms.com/

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