Mandatory .XXX Senate Bill Created

Ynot is repoting that Senators Baucus and Pryor Author Bill to Create Mandatory Adult .XXX TLD. There is a press release on Pryor’s website regarding the bill.

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators Max Baucus (D-MT) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) introduced new legislation today that would serve to require websites that contain “material that is harmful to minors” to operate from a new Top-Level Domain.

“The term ‘material that is harmful to minors’ means any communication, picture, image, graphic image file, article, recording, writing or other matter of any kind that is obscene, or that a reasonable person would find –

(A) taking the material as a whole and with respect to minors, is designed to appeal to, or is designed to pander to, the prurient interest;
(B) depicts, describes or represents, in a manner patently offensive with respect to minors
(i) an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual conduct;
(ii) an actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual act; or
(iii) in a lewd exhibition of the genitals or post-pubescent female breast; and
(C) taking the material as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.”

Pretty broad definition.

My guess is that the bill will pass and then be thrown out in court. But if it does stick, it would mean that all the .com and other TLD adult website owners would have to move their operations outside of the US.

Then maybe the US will take a page out of China’s Government handbook and hire 50,000 people to monitor the Internet traffic and sites in the US. Ya gotta love where the US is headed. Maybe they’ll just enforce the law through ICAN (a US entity). Sorry all you international TLD owners; the US is going to destroy your property and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Apparently there’s a race in the US to see which of the two political parties can legislate with their heads furthest up theirs asses. Score one for the Dems today. But don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll have plenty of Republicans jumping on board this bill too. I hate both of our two main political parties. I want to vote for someone like John Locke or Thomas Jefferson – not have to guess which party is going to expand the roll of government LESS in their next term.

Obviously, if the goal is to protect children, the simple answer is to create a .kids TLD and only allow content suitable for children on those domains.

Problem solved.

If you’re in favor of this bill, please leave a comment. I want to know how you justify this kind of government intrusion in the Land of the Free and the Economic Capital of the World.

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9 Responses to “Mandatory .XXX Senate Bill Created”

  1. Interesting –

    “taking the material as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors.” (emphasis on the “for minors” part) I think that part alone pretty much digs the grave for this bill. Who will say that a nude photograph, such as one displayed in an art museum has artistic value for minors? After all, John Ashcroft couldn’t even handle a historical statue in the DOJ.

  2. sniper says:

    These people are dumbasses. Making a .kids domain and then giving parents a one page sheet on how to tweak the browsers is a MUCH better idea.

    Not to mention it would mean *huge* revenue for anyone set up to sell domains… imagine how much cartoon.kids would go go.

  3. vex says:

    so what any adult industry on .com cant be there anymore?

  4. A Mom says:

    Well, as a rule, I’m not a big Pörń fan. But really, this is like saying “let’s outlaw cigarettes because I don’t want my child to smoke”!

    To an extent, your kids is going to do what your kids is going to do. They will find a way….I was a kid once too, so I know!

    The responsibility is the PARENTS. You can raise your child to shape his morals and views and you can put filters on computers at home. Again, if you child wants to go elsewhere to be naughy online…they will find a way! Keep closer tabs, know where they are, what they are doing, if that makes you feel like you are protecting them.

    I’m so sick of our government passing laws to supposedly “protect” us. What ever happened to personal responsibilty? If you are a parent, then YOU keep your child away from this stuff.

  5. Dad says:

    – “If you are a parent, then YOU keep your child away from this stuff…”

    …Until they go to a friend’s house where the parents DON’T monitor their kid’s internet usage and the computer is in their bedroom.

    When I was a kid, we were LUCKY if we stumbled upon a ratty Playboy magazine in some other kids’ fort… then carefully scrapped the dirt, bugs and worms off it so we could savour the sun-bleached pages of topless and carefully posed women (this was the mid 70s or so, when the ladies in Playboy and Penthouse weren’t attempting to certify readers as gynocologists)…

    Today, a kid can go to their friends house while the parents are out or engrossed in the latest episode of “Lost”, type in a few keywords, and find a website showing people engaged in sex with animals so graphic that even Catherine the Great would turn sheet-white with shock.

    As a dad, that’s a little more than I want a young child or teen to have access to.

    And creating a .kids domain name is one solution, but would severly limit millions of valuable and educational websites they should be able to access while studying for school or for their own curiousity (not every site is going to buy a .kids domain).

    The internet is the (vastly more valuable) equivalent to the set of Encyclopedias my parents bought when I was a kid that I would go to whenever I wanted to learn more about whatever my latest interests were.

    So let the XXX.coms KEEP their .coms – but they can 301 redirect them to a new .xxx they buy (they can certainly afford the extra $10), whether it has the same name or not.

    Advertise sex.com to the world, and when it redirects to their .xxx site – THAT is when the parental block come up. If your kids use the computer, they won’t see the content. If an adult wants to see the .xxx site, they can.

    –”this is like saying “let’s outlaw cigarettes because I don’t want my child to smoke”

    NO, we now say “You have to be 16 (or whatever) before you’re old enough to be able to smoke if you so choose”. Sure kids can smoke if they really want to… but at least society is not condoning that behaviour in children – it’s a clear message that there’s something wrong with it. Kids aren’t dumb – they understand limitations like that are there for a reason, whether they ignore them or not.

    So, imo, adults should make a serious effort to prevent children from finding Pörń online – whether trying to find it on purpose or by accident (ie whitehouse.com).

    As it is now, kids know they can do a google search and find any kind of sex – whether natural or deviant – and adults as a whole have done nothing to stop them; even though kids know we could if we wanted to…

    My 2 cents as a dad.

  6. QuadsZilla says:

    …Until they go to a friend’s house where the parents DON’T monitor their kid’s internet usage and the computer is in their bedroom.

    And the .xxx domain will help “save the children” exactly how in this case?

    If you’re a concerned dad, there already is a solution that works – it’s called netnanny.

    As for:”not every site is going to buy a .kids domain”

    Don’t worry, I know some search engine spammers that will make sure that all information that should be available to kids will be on .kids domains. All of it.

  7. Dad says:

    >>…Until they go to a friend’s house where the parents DON’T monitor their kid’s internet usage and the computer is in their bedroom.
    >And the .xxx domain will help “save the children” exactly how in this case?

    I would hope and assume the various webbrowsers could ensure there is a ‘brain dead’, one step method for parents to configure their computer so it won’t ‘visit’ .xxx sites.

    Bill Gates already created specialized software for police to use for finding child pornographers, so I’d bet that’d ensure future versions (and updates of current versions) of IE would have an easy way parents to set that up. Tons of media coverage about that new ability should be enough to inform most parents.

    Of course other browsers would also have to have something similar, but it’s a pretty easy sale – simply asking they make a minor effort to keep kids and Pörń apart.

    >If you’re a concerned dad, there already is a solution that works – it’s called netnanny.

    That’s not fool proof either, and many parents don’t know about that software, wouldn’t know how to install and configure it properly, or want to spend the money and effort to get it. Make it a part of the browser, make it very obvious and simple to enable, and it’s more likely to be done.

    >>As for:”not every site is going to buy a .kids domain”
    >
    >Don’t worry, I know some search engine spammers that will make sure that all information that should be available to kids will be on .kids domains. All of it.

  8. John Scott says:

    It is horrible for adult domainers, but for some reason I’m not finding any sympathy for them inside myself. Maybe because Pörń is horrible putrification of the Internet.

    Good article nonetheless.

  9. Ian says:

    I certainly don’t think the .xxx domain is a bad idea if it were entirely optional.