August 3, 2011

Morality in Media Calls for Federal Investigation of ICM Registry and All Involved in XXX Domain

Attorney General Holder Should Enforce the Law

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- News that the first hard-core porn company is now in business on the XXX domain caused Morality in Media today to call for an investigation of ICM Registry, the company behind the XXX domain, for possible violations of federal laws prohibiting distribution of hard-core obscene Internet pornography.

"Title 18 United States Code Sections 1462 and 1465 prohibit distribution of hard-core, obscene Internet pornography. Yet, isn't that the purpose of the XXX domain?" asked Patrick A. Trueman, President of Morality in Media and former chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division in Washington, D.C.

"Further, Title 18 U. S. C. Section 2 prohibits aiding and abetting a federal crime and Title 18 U. S.C. 371 prohibits a conspiracy to commit a federal crime. The U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, should review the activities of ICM Registry in relation to these federal criminal laws immediately," said Trueman.

"The establishment of a .xxx domain will do nothing but increase the spread of Internet porn," said Trueman. "In fact, ICM has recently indicated that they have nearly one million 'expressions of interest' for new XXX sites. Yet not one porn company has announced plans to close its .com site to relocate to the XXX domain," Trueman said.

Pornography is causing grave social costs which are documented at

"Will Attorney General Holder stand by and watch this pandemic of harm continue to spiral when he has laws at his disposal that can be enforced against this destructive material? We take this opportunity to urge him to vigorously enforce federal obscenity laws against major online commercial distributors of hard-core adult pornography and those who aid and abet its distribution," said Trueman.

"If Attorney General Holder won't investigate ICM Registry now, we will press the next attorney general to do so," said Trueman. "This issue will never go away for ICM Registry or for Internet pornographers who attempt to hide their criminal activities behind the .xxx domain."

About Morality In Media

Morality in Media, Inc. is the leading national organization focused on opposing pornography and indecency through public education and the application of the law. For more information visit,, and

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