Porn-friendly .xxx domain backer loses suit against US federal agencies

“The company behind the proposed .xxx top-level domain, which was rejected after the Bush administration intervened, has been trying to dig up embarrassing government documents through a federal lawsuit,” writes Declan McCullagh in CNet.This was up until March 12 when a federal judge “granted summary judgment to the Bush administration in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the ICM Registry.”To recap, ICM Registry had proposed the porn-friendly .xxx gTLD in 2004, four years after ICANN had originally rejected the proposal. Then “In June 2005, ICANN approved .xxx–but the Bush administration objected two months later, and ICANN’s board subsequently reversed itself by a 9-5 vote.”Since then, the man behind ICM Registry, Stuart Lawley, “filed a FOIA request to learn how conservative groups pressured the Bush administration, and he released the first round of documents in May 2006. But the State Department and Commerce Department withheld others–claiming they were part of an internal ‘deliberative process’–and those are the documents at issue in the current lawsuit.”The rest of the story is available on CNet at www.news.com/8301-13578_3-9896922-38.html.

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