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Irish Domain Registry Banning Adult Domains 222

Karate Sid writes "An Irish adult website has blogged about the Irish domain registry banning adult domain names, including and The IEDR's reasoning is that the words 'porn' and 'pornography' are offensive and immoral. Of interest is how took legal action against the IEDR — and proved that neither word is offensive — yet still lost the case, as the IEDR are the highest authority in Ireland when it comes to deciding what is and isn't an offensive domain."
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Irish Domain Registry Banning Adult Domains

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  • by MBGMorden ( 803437 ) on Tuesday March 31, 2009 @07:47PM (#27410025)

    Really a shame on this. I'd argue that we need more Irish porn in the world :(.

  • Nice to know that stupidity isn't restricted to one country.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      This isn't exactly a huge surprise. Ireland is, in many respects, a fairly civilized country; but it has some hardcore traces of backwards popish hellhole around the edges. Of note, for instance, is the fact that divorce only became constitutional in 1995.
      • by mi ( 197448 )

        Ireland is, in many respects, a fairly civilized country

        With its debt being about eleven times [] their GDP, which is huge even by European standards, Ireland may, indeed, be considered "civilized"... But only by those, who share the America's Administration vision of civilization...

        Of note, for instance, is the fact that divorce only became constitutional in 1995.

        And abortions are still prohibited []. Unbeknown to most of Bono's "liberal" fans, moaning: "Why can't the US be more like Europe?"

  • by MrEricSir ( 398214 ) on Tuesday March 31, 2009 @07:51PM (#27410077) Homepage

    So this only applies to the domain name, and not the content, right?

    Is there anything offensive about the name "goatse"?

  • Darn! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Tuesday March 31, 2009 @07:56PM (#27410161)
    Well, there goes my chance to register ""... by the way, isn't it already April 1 in Ireland?
    • by HTH NE1 ( 675604 )

      by the way, isn't it already April 1 in Ireland?

      Hmm, UTC/GMT +1 currently, so yes by nearly an hour at the time you posted.

      Where do I go to register .ie domains, and can foreigners to Ireland register domains?

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by HTH NE1 ( 675604 )

        Answered my own question, so I'll share:

        All applicants applying for a .ie domain name who are not situated in the 32 counties of Ireland, must demonstrate a Real and Substantive Connection with Ireland (with the exception of those applying with a registered Community Trademark)

        Examples of acceptable documentation demonstrating substantial trade or commercial activity within Ireland are as follows:

        • Copies of invoices (showing trade to or from Ireland)
        • High-quality brochures
        • A signed letter on headed paper from a bank manager, firm of chartered accountant(s), registered auditor(s), tax consultant(s) (where the tax advisor identification number is displayed), or solicitor(s) confirming the applicants trade with Ireland.
    • Just to stay somewhat on topic:

      $ whois

      % Rights restricted by copyright;
      % Do not remove this notice

      % Not Registered - The domain you have requested is not a registered .ie domain name.


    • by the way, isn't it already April 1 in Ireland?

      [liar paradox] Yes. [/liar paradox]

    • You can have I reserve both "" and "". ;)
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Or, maybe not.

  • The IEDR is a hotbed of infighting and interference. Started by a few select academics in Dublin's UCD, it is still being meddled with non-stop. I sure as hell don't care whether or not they want to register adult websites, but the IEDR are particularly nasty even to legitimate domain registrations. For example, a private citizen can't register a personal domain unless they're a company or publicly known celebrity like a politician. Leave the policing up to people better able to do the policing.
  • Hmmm.... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Facegarden ( 967477 ) on Tuesday March 31, 2009 @08:07PM (#27410299)

    I guess i shouldn't bother with my idea for then, Huh?

    • I guess i shouldn't bother with my idea for then, Huh? -Taylor

      Only if you take the word Cocksucker out. Apparently, umpires and the Irish are the two groups you don't want to offend with this word...

    • You might get away with

      Or maybe just ?

  • Some national TLDs just suck. That's why there's relatively few .fr domains, compared to or .de domains. It's a shame, but it's not like you can't have your own .com or .net
  • by tomhudson ( 43916 ) <> on Tuesday March 31, 2009 @08:11PM (#27410335) Journal

    This is slashdot. Anything with IE in it is dirty and disgusting and offensive and downright immoral.

    BTW, next they'll be banning because it contains the word "slash", which is reminiscent of Jack the Ripper and violence in general. They've already banned OJ's domain - (W - W - W -SLASH - SLASH - BACKSLASH - SLASH DOT EYE EEE).

    • by Repton ( 60818 )

      Is Jack the Ripper really the dodgiest connotation you can come up with for "slash"?

  • Reminds me of Goatse (Score:3, Interesting)

    by SupremoMan ( 912191 ) on Tuesday March 31, 2009 @08:23PM (#27410441)
    Didn't get similar type ban from the Christmas Island Internet Administration?
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      yeah but that was banned for content NOT just the name.

    • Sounds like a case of "my turf my rules".

      I would rather ireland be dictatorial about IE than have some half-assed international committee try to worm its way in...particularly since that committee is likely to have hidden wolves of corporate interest backing it up.

  • It seems like every day on the front page is another story of how some gov't or corporation or religious group is trying - and succeeding - to destroy free speech. I just can't grok how stupid and greedy people are that they will stifle one of the greatest ideals in the world because they are offended/moremoneymoremoney/think of the children! C'mon people, the more you can deal with reality the more you can grow and learn. Censorship breeds weak minded individuals.

    I'm not trying to troll but I'm so damn t

    • by rts008 ( 812749 )

      Censorship breeds weak minded individuals.

      That is the goal, easier to control. Can't rock the boat!...someone might fall in and discover they love swimming!

      Freedom of speech and press is the only light keeping the dark of ideological slavery and hermetically sealed ignorance at bay.

      Barely, but just so.

  • Heres an idea! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 31, 2009 @08:51PM (#27410679)

    If it offends you, don't type it into the damned address bar.

  • .IE Always Been Crap (Score:5, Informative)

    by meehawl ( 73285 ) <> on Tuesday March 31, 2009 @09:06PM (#27410829) Homepage Journal

    I had dealings with the .IE crowd back in the early-mid-90s trying to set up some domains. At the time it was being run by a small cabal of jumped-up sysadmins-turned-pointy-haired-bosses hidden away in University College Dublin (one of the larger public universities in Ireland). They blocked basically every application for any domain name that was any way lucrative, exciting, or with a potential to make a profit, and took an amazing amount of time to actually get anything done. I am unsurprised but a little dismayed to see that the descendant of that dismal sinkhole apparently still possesses much of the same bureaucratic DNA.

    • That was pretty much how any national domain name registrar worked in the 90s - your description could just as easily apply to .pt instead of .ie

      At the time most national domains where managed by a clique of university teachers many of which were elitist unprofessional pricks with egos larger than their IQ.

      I vaguely remember that it was easier to get a .com domain name than most of the national ones.

  • The IEDR's reasoning is that the words 'porn' and 'pornography' are offensive and immoral.

    I'm not sure "reasoning" is the correct word here.

  • I'm almost shocked nobody has registered
  • However, Leprechaun porn is still O.K.

  • (Score:4, Informative)

    by sqldr ( 838964 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @03:37AM (#27413065)
    I just checked it out. It's possibly the most disappointing porn site i've ever seen. It doesn't have any porn on it, for a start.
  • by ChameleonDave ( 1041178 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @03:52AM (#27413121) Homepage
    Bah. I don't browse websites with ie anyway. I use Opera on Ubuntu, you insensitive clods!
  • Every time a story like this comes out, I recall the dreadful attempts by America-haters towards delegating the oversight of the Internet to an international, rather than, American body...

    Certainly, Ireland is a fairly mild case — the country's ban on abortions, for example, is not as bad as curbs on freedoms placed by the likes of China, Russia, or Thailand.

    But it would still suck to see America's influence over the Internet be diluted by that of the (some times much) less free countries...

  • by AP31R0N ( 723649 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @09:41AM (#27415225)

    Why do we have the TLDs?

    They seem to be meaningless and create problems like i'd much rather know that www.Coca-Cola belongs to Coca-Cola and not "Jeff who had 20$ and got to it first".

    If we had some kind of enforcement of what could be on what TLD, it would make sense. As it is, only .gov, .mil and .edu are meaningful. Even the national TLDs are fudgable.

    Having a TLD of .adlt or .prn would allow parents and schools to block pr0n from their kids. Then if a site had porn on it, and it didn't have an appropriate TLD, you could fine it or take it down for a day or two. This would be to the advantage of the porn sites because their customers could easily find the product. "in *.prn: Chasey Lane".

Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. -- Plato