by CIO Staff

.xxx Domain Effort Leads to Lawsuit v. U.S.

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May 19, 20062 mins
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ICM Registry is starting a legal battle after an unsuccessful bid for a new .xxx domain for Internet pornography, The Register reports.

The story reports the company is going to file a suit against the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., to gain access to information withheld by the department in a Freedom of Information Act request made in October 2005

ICM Registry head Stuart Lawley told The Register that the information will provide the “extra evidence that provides the irrefutable proof” that the U.S. government intervened in the issue to prevent .xxx from going ahead.

If true, it would also contradict public statements made by the Department of Commerce that it “plays no role” in the day-to-day running of the Internet.

According to The Register, there is already significant evidence in the 1,600 documents provided under the act that the U.S. government lobbied hard against .xxx, having come under significant pressure from domestic right-wing Christian groups, to the extent that it actively solicited other governments to complain against .xxx and even threatened to overrule Internet oversight body ICANN if it did agree to the Internet registry. But of those 1,600 documents, 120 pages contain “redactions”—blanked-out text—with 98 blank in their entirety.

Lawley told The Register that his motivation for the lawsuit is to expose double-dealing at the heart of the Internet. “Our story needs to be told,” he said. “We’ve been done wrong. I think what’s going on here is already clear, but I want the extra evidence.”

For previous news and information about the .xxx registry, read ICANN OKs Creation of .Tel Domain.

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Compiled by Paul Kerstein