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.XXX registry goes on the counter-attack

Kevin Murphy, September 10, 2010, 15:41:05 (UTC), Domain Registries

ICM Registry has issued a strongly worded response to its critics at the Free Speech Coalition, questioning the porn trade group’s relevance.

As I blogged yesterday, the FSC has asked ICANN to release documents disclosing the level of support the .xxx domain, so it can more effectively argue against its approval.

ICM has responded with a letter to ICANN that paints the FSC as overly US-centric and says its arguments deal with issues that have long been resolved.

We understand that the FSC currently has approximately 1,000 members. We further understand that both its leadership and its members are almost exclusively U.S.-based.

The bottom line is that the FSC’s comments simply restate the arguments they have made in the past. Their claims were inaccurate, unsupportable, untimely, and irrelevant when first made, and remain so today.

The would-be registry claims that, contrary to the FSC’s claims, only a tiny portion of its 179,000 pre-registrations are defensive in nature, 6,435 in total.

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Comments (3)

  1. Jim Fleming says:

    ICM Registry continues to drive deeper and deeper into the WEEDs of obscurity and irrelevance with ICANN

    The insiders are clearly attempting to make ICANN fade into the underbrush – No one goes there any more.

    ICM Registry is chasing the end of the rainbow, which is just over the next hill

  2. Christiaan says:

    The fact that the FSC’s members are mostly US-based does not change the validity of the points they made. I, as a European (Dutch) webmaster (active in the adult industry), do not approve of the ICM and its proposed .xxx stld. A week ago we had a webmaster meeting here in the Netherlands and when we discussed the matter of the .xxx domains, we all agreed that it would be bad for the industry. No to the ICM! No to the .XXX stld!

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