Adult Industry Still Outraged at .XXX Proposal

A global trade association for the adult entertainment industry has written to ICANN expressing their outrage at the prospect of a .XXX top level domain, saying the proposal is “not of the industry and that the proposal does not have the community’s support.

The letter from Diane Duke, the Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition (FSC), a trade association of the adult entertainment industry has members around the globe, and is based in Los Angeles.

In the letter Duke also says the proposal for .XXX has the “added intent to ‘regulate’ an industry it knows nothing about” and finds this “simply untenable”.

Duke requests, in the interest of transparency, the ICANN board consults with the adult entertainment “community to test the application’s true level of support.” The FSC said they would facilitate this process.

And in more scathing criticism, Duke says the FSC finds “the current structure of IFFOR, the sub-organization that would set policies for all .XXX domains, is wholly unacceptable to FSC no matter the final verdict regarding sponsorship.”

IFFOR is the International Foundation for Online Responsibility that ICM Registry, who proposed the .XXX TLD, have established to manage.XXX. IFFOR would comprise a board of directors that represent child protection, privacy, security, free speech and online adult entertainment interests.

Duke concludes that the FSC’s “resolute position is that no self-respecting industry would ever agree to have a minority voice on a board tasked with setting critical policies for its members.”

To read Duke’s letter to ICANN, see:
icann.org/correspondence/duke-to-beckstrom-23mar10-en.pdf