Sex domain .xxx has been given final approval by the internet governance organisation Icann
The move to create a top level .xxx domain ends a 10-year battle over the virtual red-light district. Icann gave initial approval last year, but
carried out further consultation checks over the application.
It is now poised to sign an agreement with the ICM Registry, which is backing the domain, to make .xxx a reality.
Supporters say the domain will make it easier to filter out
inappropriate content. But many pornographers worry that the move could ghettoise their content. Religious groups have argued that giving pornography sites their own domain legitimises the content.
ICM said last year that it had more than 110,000
pre-reservations for .xxx domains.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number on Friday finalized its contract with ICM Registry to run the .XXX sponsored top-level domain. The announcement was made on the ICANN blog in a post by ICANN general counsel John Jeffrey.
In 2007, Herald Sun writer, Keith Moor presented an article about G Media [abbywinters.com] which aimed to blow the whistle on the adult film production corporation. The article utilised such terminology and descriptive phrasing as young women
, naivety of young women , manipulating them to perform explicit sex acts , young impressionable women and immoral and exploitation of the young at its worst .
On 15 June 2009, G Media was raided on alleged claims
of a breach of fifty four counts of making objectionable films for gain, one count of possessing a commercial quantity of objectionable films and two charges of possessing child pornography.
Many of the initial charges were dropped. However,
Garion Hall (CEO) subsequently plead guilty to charges of possessing a commercial quantity of objectionable films it intended selling or exhibiting and producing an objectionable film in Victoria .
The issue was raised again in the
media during 2009 while a subsequent trial in 2010 saw G Media targeted by two former models, Blaire and Melita . They claimed that the company was exploiting them and other nude models .
When analysing the sentence
administered to G Media, the underlying subtext of moral debate is evidentiary. Hall pleaded guilty to charges of production and possession, and was subsequently charged on 28 May 2010. He received a $6000 fine.
The charges were significantly less
than the original accusations. However, one can presume that the relatively-insignificant fine was swayed somewhat by Hall's statement of intentions to vacate Victoria (and indeed the country), by moving the company to Amsterdam.
Montreal's infamous strip clubs might have to get a little less touchy feely.
Peter Sergakis, president of an association representing 700 Quebec bar owners, said a recent Supreme Court ruling has created a grey zone in the law.
2007, a Laval court found a local strip club was a common bawdy-house because it allowed its clients to pay for contact dances. The Supreme Court of Canada upheld that ruling in January.
In some strip clubs in Quebec, particularly in the
Greater Montreal Area, clients are able to pay for lap dances where they can touch the body of a dancer, including her breasts and thighs.
The judge in the 2007 case noted prostitution can occur even if the individuals don't complete a
sexual act. This means a public place that allows people to pay just to touch a woman can be considered a bawdy-house.
Sergakis said for more than a decade, police tolerated so-called contact dances at Montreal's strip clubs, but now bar owners
fear police will use this decision to pick on clubs they don't like.
Sergakis owns several bars and clubs in Montreal, including Cabaret Les Amazones, a strip club that allows contact dances where the customer has the right to touch certain
parts of a dancer and not others, Sergakis said.
I want to be clear, I am not saying I want prostitution in my club, Sergakis said. I'm saying we have to decide here in this country what we want so everyone
knows what is accepted. I think the government should establish clear rules and enforce them. Right now there is total confusion.
According to court documents, plainclothed Laval police officers entered the strip club and were
told they could pay $10 dollars for a private booth and touch the breasts, the buttocks and the thighs of a dancer. The judge in the case ruled that the dancers were clear and transparent in their offers of sexual favours for money for the
sexual gratification of clients in a public place.
French politicians and feminists are requesting the closure of a French cleaning company website which uses young women dressed as French maids in sexy lingerie to clean houses. The Sensual Clean Service company directed at fulfilling male
fantasies as part of their service, has sparked nutter 'uproar' in France.
The company offers maids to clean clients houses dressed erotically, fitting the French maid bill. They only recruit women with impeccable bodies and good looks, to fit
the role which charges between 95 and 150 Euros per hour, which feminists have said distorts and insults the female image .
The 'cleaning' is performed in a sensual way to please the client. It is, however clearly stated on the website that
it is not a sex service, nor do they offer any illegal activities , insisting that the Lady Clean (the maid) stick to a strict no touching policy.
The service, which is run across France is highly popular with their male
audience, however French women are 'enraged'.
City mayor for Venissieux, Michelle Picard described it as the objectification of young women, declaring the company to determine how legal their services are.
Police will soon be able to crack down on sexy fun at so called host bars, where male staff fulfill the desires of female customers .
Representative Yoon Sang-il of the Future No Hope Alliance said that he is seeking a revision of the
Food Hygiene Law, which currently defines those engaged in such entertainment as women who drink with customers or who entertain customers with singing or dancing.
The lawmaker seeks to change the word women to people to
include men, establishing the legal grounds to harass bars that offer male prostitution or 'other illegalities', presumably referring to lady boy bars.
The current law only governs females, and the loophole in the law leads to the proliferation
of bars with men offering illegal services, Yoon said.
The Ministry of Miserable Gender Equality and women's groups welcomed the move but the health ministry is showing a more cautious approach, saying social consensus is needed on the issue.
According to a recent report by the Seoul Shinmun, about 100 host bars are currently operating in Gangnam, attracting some 10,000 customers a day, many of which are engaged in male prostitution. The total sales in the area are estimated at 30
billion won ($26.9 million) per year, and the figure may be much higher if the illegal sex trade is included. Some 3,000 men work there serving female customers.
The compilation of evidence against Alexander Baldacchino, who is accused of projecting unlicensed pornographic material at the City Lights Cinema in Valletta, continued before Magistrate Edwina Grima.
Although people in the court room could be
seen smirking and laughing quietly to themselves as the hearing was going on, the penalties for showing unlicensed pornographic material are quiet serious, and if found guilty the accused could face up to two years behind bars.
told the police that he has been running the City Lights Cinema for over 20 years, was arraigned in court over the same charges in 2009, but the case against him is still pending.
Persecuting Police Inspector James Grech told the court that
Baldacchino showed both soft and hard porn videos in a run-down cinema with the intent of making money. He would charge clients a nominal entrance fee of €4, allowing them to stay and watch as many videos as they liked during the day.
Investigating the cinema a police sergeant noticed that there was a switchbox near the screen. When he flicked the switch, a hard porn movie started showing, entitled Lost Connection, and when he re-flicked the switch, a soft porn video would start showing.
The police found that the City Lights Cinema did not have a permit to even shown licensed porn videos.
A German man has been sentenced to four years in prison and fined $10,000 for engaging in un-Islamic behavior by creating porn videos and photos of him having sex with a local women.
Gunter Bischoss, who has lived for several years in the
breakaway northern region of Somaliland, is married to a Somali woman and worked for international relief agencies.
AllVoices.com reported earlier that Bischoff could have faced a death sentence. The state's director general of the ministry of
religion, Ibrahim Ismail Mohamed, said, with usual islamic bloodlust, that Bischoff's alleged crime required that he be killed.
The court was ultimately allowed to proceed without any government or religious interference, and the 4 year sentence
was handed down. It could have been much worse... he could have been tried in Somalia.
A top Russian porn producer is suing the Culture Ministry for approving the content of his adult films but then banning them for their racy titles.
The producer, Sergei Pryanishnikov, has asked the Moscow Arbitration Court to lift the ban on the
A Culture Ministry group of experts approved distribution licenses for the films last year, but the ministry overturned the decision in December, citing vulgar titles as the reason.
The ministry said in December that it had
acted on orders from the Prosecutor General's Office, which said the titles breached decency and contained vulgar language. The titles include Anal Supremacy and Brave Female Masturbators.
Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev
has praised the orders, saying prosecutors' involvement helps the ministry to deal with a sad situation where officials have no legal grounds to ban adult content.
Russian legislation provides no definition of pornography, which means that
the government has no legal grounds to act against porn producers, a ministry official said.
France's official hoard of erotica and pornography, lovingly assembled by the Bibliothque Nationale over a period of 170 years, will be thrown open to the startled eyes of the public for the first time this week.
More than 350 books and prints from the forbidden section of the state library officially known as L'Enfer (hell) will be presented in an academically meticulous, but often frankly filthy, exhibition in Paris for three
How strong can this stuff be? Given what appears daily on the internet, on cable TV, or in the pages of the Daily Sport, is it possible to be shocked by exquisite, but explicit, 17th-century porn?
The answer is, yes. The exhibition is an eye-opener: a quietly and intelligently displayed but garish cornucopia of sadism, masochism, bestialism, scatology, bums, tits and staring genitalia. It is also a fascinating, and sometimes
beautiful, expedition through the dark, winding corridors of the human psyche.
The exhibition L'Enfer de la Bibliotheque, Eros aus secret is open at the Bibliothque Francois Mitterrand in the 13th arrondissement
from 10am to 7pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays and from 1pm to 7pm on Sundays from tomorrow until 2 March. It cost 7 Euro (£5) to get in. Under 16s are banned.