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India To Ban .xxx Domain 257

Posted by timothy
from the isn't-that-the-whole-point dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Indian government have said they will introduce measures to block the newly approved .xxx domain from the country. The Economic Times reports that '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.'"
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India To Ban .xxx Domain

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  • by guyminuslife (1349809) on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:02PM (#35617836)

    Excuse the pun.

    This is exactly why we didn't want the .xxx domain name. It seems like it exists for the sole purpose of being censored.

  • Excellent play (Score:5, Insightful)

    by NFN_NLN (633283) on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:07PM (#35617884)

    Excellent move by the Indians.

    Nobody wants there porn censored out, not even the Indians (except a few crazy religious zealots). By declaring they will censor it immediately this will surely kill the .xxx domain AND ensure they can get their porn the good ol'fashioned way as they've already been doing.

  • by Kaz Kylheku (1484) on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:10PM (#35617912) Homepage

    Why are they against porn being collected into a domain that they can easily block?

  • Makes me wonder (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Nikker (749551) on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:19PM (#35617974)
    Kinda makes you wonder though, if so many people are against pornography that they had made it law, why would they need the law since none of them would look at it anyway?
  • by mewsenews (251487) on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:37PM (#35618106) Homepage

    This is exactly why we didn't want the .xxx domain name. It seems like it exists for the sole purpose of being censored.

    I would argue the exact opposite and say that this is why we DID want the TLD to exist.

    Reputable smut dealers don't exactly try to hide what they're selling and will have no problem hosting their domains under the .xxx TLD.

    Most people have no problem with the product in adult hands, but would like it to be as easy as possible to block traffic from .xxx domains to an elementary school library without some stupid third party whitelist or blacklist.

    It works out for everybody except porn fans in puritanical countries, as TFA illustrates.

  • Re:Excellent play (Score:4, Insightful)

    by binary paladin (684759) <`moc.liamg' `ta' `nidalapyranib'> on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:46PM (#35618194)

    Their prescription drug abuse tops the charts. Who needs to loosen up with a beer when you can get Vicodin for a hangnail. Remember, if your doctor okays it, so does your god!

  • by _0xd0ad (1974778) on Friday March 25, 2011 @07:56PM (#35618264) Journal

    Nations aren't supposed to enforce moral standards.

  • Re:Makes me wonder (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Wingnut64 (446382) on Friday March 25, 2011 @08:01PM (#35618308)

    Slashdot comment pulled from my quotes file:

    Social conservatives keep demanding laws to regulate everyone because their usual tools of ostracism and shame are only effective within their own communities.

  • Re:Makes me wonder (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kjella (173770) on Friday March 25, 2011 @08:15PM (#35618398) Homepage

    Because religion puts you up to being a busybody. As individuals I mind my business and you mind yours as long as it doesn't have too ill effects on each other. But if you're seeing this as a sin and an offense against god, then it's not just my choice and your choice but a Right and a Wrong choice.

    To religious nuts it's like trying to say that a cancer cell isn't better or worse than other cells, just different. They want a society that encourages people to make the Right choice and discourages them from making the Wrong choice. They want to push their way of life, their moral systems and their belief on you. They want to cleanse society of sin and taint and if you like your sinning ways that's a problem that needs solving, not a choice to be respected.

    As for why pornography? Because lust is such a basic feeling in people, I doubt there's any religious man who isn't at least feeling somewhat guilty for having naughty thoughts. That's the hook that makes people work for religion, they give you guilt then let you work towards forgiveness. Religion is a bit like evolution, it doesn't care how it survives it's only about numbers - births and converts.

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