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India to Block All .XXX Adult Domains

Approved earlier this month, .xxx domains are aimed squarely at those with adult or sexually explicit websites. The idea behind the genre-specific domain is a more regulated and secure environment for online payments; it also makes it extremely easy for schools and parents to block porn on computers frequently used by children. ICM Registry, the company behind the .xxx domain, says it has seen tremendous interest in the new domain and claims that more than 200,000 have already applied to reserve domains.

However, it seems not everyone is so excited about the arrival of the new domain. In India, where the distribution of adult content is illegal, access to .xxx domains will not be available.

"India along with many other countries from the Middle East and Indonesia opposed the grant of the domain in the first place, and we would proceed to block the whole domain, as it goes against the IT Act and Indian laws," The Economic Times cites a senior official at the Indian ministry of IT as saying.

"Though some people have said that segregation is better, and some countries allow it. But for other nations transmission and direct distribution of such content goes against their moral and culture."

Though ICM says there is significant interest in .xxx domains, there is a concern among adult entertainment companies that because .xxx sites are so easily blocked, those who decide not to register a .xxx address could be at risk.

Consider this: a porn company decides not to register a .xxx domain because they don’t want their website to be so easily blocked. However, they also don’t want someone else registering a .xxx domain and using the company’s name to make money. As a solution, they register with the intention of continuing to use their .com (or other) domain. However, those blocking .xxx domains could potentially cross-check and consequentially block other websites associated with the blocked .xxx URL. In fact, the Economic Times reports that when asked what would happen if the same sites continue to provide access under the .in and .com domains, the senior ministry official said that the ministry would proceed "on a case to case basis."

Of course, it’s all made easier by the fact that .xxx is completely voluntary, and no company will be forced to register a .xxx domain based on the content or nature of their website. Still, for those worried about their name being used by others, it’s an issue.

Read more on ET.

(via Tech Radar)

  • killerclick
    Savages.
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  • tacoslave
    a moment of silence please...
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  • adam873873
    It maaay be just me but.. It irritates the heck out of me when I hear news of any government banning or restricting something.
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  • karma sutra?
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  • 11796pcs
    It's illegal to view, distribute- whatever adult content in India. Wow I learn something new every day. Is it because it goes against Hindu beliefs or something?
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  • eklipz330
    guys guys, everyone know the .xxx domains are immoral

    but selling your 13 year old daughter for a few cows so a 28 yo man can impregnate her is perfectly fine.

    don't anyone dare tell me that i'm being prejudice, this shit happens still in India. they literally sell the women... the younger, the more they get from them
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  • LuckyDucky7
    "and culture"

    Yeah, so the Kama Sutra is illegal in its country of origin?
    Funny stuff, I tell ya.

    Anyway, it's a double-edged sword.

    The issue is that while it makes blocking content easy for those who have a legitimate reason like parents (sovereign over children until age of majority), schools (same reason as parents but more limited), and workplaces (employer owns employee's time for duration that employee has agreed on)- for the reason that they own the employees for the time the employees have agreed on), it also makes it easily blocked by those who don't believe that an adult has the right to, say, look upon others exercising these rights also.

    The issue here isn't whether it's right or wrong, or whether or not it 'goes against morals and culture', but the fact that your right to decide your personal morals and culture is taken away.
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  • wild9
    "Though some people have said that segregation is better, and some countries allow it. But for other nations transmission and direct distribution of such content goes against their moral and culture."

    Well, there's no shortage of Indian people having sex..

    Wiki - Projections of population growthDuring 2005-2050, nine countries are expected to account for half of the world's projected population increase: India..

    ..You advocate sexual morality - why don't you advocate responsible BIRTH CONTROL? Give the rest of us a break from the problems you hypocritical beliefs seem responsible for.
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  • wild9
    "Though some people have said that segregation is better, and some countries allow it. But for other nations transmission and direct distribution of such content goes against their moral and culture."

    Well, there's no shortage of Indian people having sex..

    Wiki - Projections of population growthDuring 2005-2050, nine countries are expected to account for half of the world's projected population increase: India..

    ..You advocate sexual morality - why don't you advocate responsible BIRTH CONTROL? Give the rest of us a break from the problems you hypocritical beliefs seem responsible for.
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  • gorehound
    the whole idea of xxx domains was not a bright one at all.
    you will see fallout from this.
    and i am not a porn watcher nor do i care about it except for the fact that there are other adults whop do enjoy it.
    if you do not like it do not watch it.the internet is meant to have freedom.
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