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ICANN recently voted down the application for a new .xxx top level domain on the Internet. The idea was that this would be a place for porn, which would leave the rest of the Internet for more wholesome stuff. Chris soundly debunked the entire objective of .xxx, and I'm in agreement with him. I also share his surprise at finding myself in agreement with the Christian rght position on this issue, but like Chris my reasoning is completly different from theirs. My principal reason is also different from Chris'.

Simply put: I don't think any organization should have to pre-emptively register their company name or trademarks to keep a pornographer from using it in the .xxx domain. In fact, even if it costs nothing and doesn't involve an actual registration, I don't think any organization should have to go to any effort to put their trademarks on a list of domains that are blocked from being registered in .xxx. And it wouldn't cost nothing, because some documentation of the trademark would undoubtedly be required, and that takes some time and effort to prepare.

Of course, there are those who think that ICANN caved into pressure from a Bush White House looking to do a favor for their friends in the Moral Majority, and maybe they did... but I don't care because the decision was the right one. It would not be the first time that ICANN was right for the wrong reason. It would not be the first time the Christian right was right for the wrong reason. It might, on the other hand, be the first time the Bush Administration was right. I'll have to check on that.

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1. Chris Linfoot05/12/2006 04:15:34 AM

I was going to blog this but you have it about right.

ICANN got it right but for the wrong reason. Results count, though, so I'm happy.

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I'm willing to admit that Bush's guest worker program is more sensible than the opposing "deport all of them" arguements. I just don't think they'd implement it in a competant way.

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