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Porn rally underway at ICANN San Francisco

Kevin Murphy, March 17, 2011, 20:34:06 (UTC), Domain Policy

A small group of Free Speech Coalition supporters are currently holding a protest against the .xxx top-level domain, outside the ICANN meeting in San Francisco.

The rally outside the Westin St Francis hotel on Union Square has attracted about 25 people by my count, chanting slogans such as “We want porn! No triple-X!”

Noted porn producer/performer John “Buttman” Stagliano is among them, although he seems to be keeping to the sidelines.

Not to judge, but another of the protestors appears to be the same homeless guy who’s been bothering me for change and cigarettes all week.

Also attending, first amendment attorney Paul Cambria. There’s an unsubstantiated rumor he’s ready to serve ICANN and/or ICM Registry with a lawsuit if .xxx gets approved tomorrow.

He declined to comment on the rumor.

There’s an FSC press conference shortly, and Cambria tells me he’s going to be making a statement at the ICANN public comment forum later this afternoon.

I’ll update when it becomes clearer what the FSC’s game-plan is.

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Comments (3)

  1. Nic says:

    “….another of the protestors appears to be the same homeless guy who’s been bothering me for change and cigarettes all week.”

    Gorgeous. Made me laugh.

  2. Chris says:

    As a member of the adult industry, I strongly oppose the creation of a .xxx tld. The adult webmaster community has more than once voted NO to the proposal.

  3. Jill says:

    This is upsetting, to say the least. The ICANN has failed to address the fact that there is no incentive for pornographers to move or shut down their .com, .net, .org domains, and so this will expand the reach of this material online. Increasingly, this content is not even legal (according to US laws), and is not protected under the First Amendment if it meets the standards of obscenity. Why are we spending time and resources on enabling the distribution of such content? Who is pushing this agenda?

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