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category national | rights, freedoms and repression | other press author Wednesday October 25, 2006 19:07author by Hotdog Report this post to the editors

An Irish business man who tried to register has had his application turned down because the word porn is "offensive and immoral". is fine, so is cyber squatting (

The webmasters comments:

The Sunday Times article:,,176-2416442_1....html

This is censorship of LEGAL material in Ireland. It's a disgrace and an embarrassment.

From the webmaster -

If you want to register a .ie domain name in Ireland, you do so via an organisation called the IE Domain Registry. The IE Domain Registry sometimes require you have a registered business name for the domain you want. This means if you want to register you need to register the business name “mycompany”. You apply for registered business names through an organisation called the Companies Registration Office.

For quite a while now, I’ve been trying to register the domain “”. I’ve been rejected each time because - according to the IE Domain Registry - the word “porn” is offensive and immoral. To get around this I tried to register “porn” as a business name, but alas, the Companies Registration Office think “porn” is an offensive word.

Just so we’re clear here, they aren’t saying the act of porn is offensive or immoral, they’re saying the word is.

This baffles me for a number of reasons. How is a word immoral? The act of rape is immoral, but the word “rape” isn’t. The act of murder is immoral, but the word “murder” isn’t. Why doesn’t this logic apply to porn, whether or not they think porn is immoral?

What about offensive words? Cunt, nigger, fuck - we all agree these are offensive. Porn is short for Pornography, which is a noun used to describe sexual images and movies. It’s not an offensive word. At worst, it’s slang.

And who are the IE Domain Registry and the Companies Registration Office to decide what’s moral, immoral, offensive, and inoffensive? Do they carry out surveys once a year, asking people which words are offensive and immoral?

No one is going to go to thinking it’s a children’s bookshop. Everyone knows what to expect. But even then, it’s not guaranteed will contain pornography. The issue here is not about content.

The funny thing is, porn is legal in Ireland. Murder isn’t, advertising prostitution isn’t, but you can still register and

But nooo, no porn websites please. We don’t want any of that dirty stuff in Ireland.


 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Porn Laws     Missionary Position.    Wed Oct 25, 2006 19:32 
   Sue them     Filch & Gut, Solicitors    Wed Oct 25, 2006 19:43 
   Open the window someone – they’re here again!     Rocko Sense    Wed Oct 25, 2006 20:29 
   ATTN: Filch & Gut     Hotdog    Thu Oct 26, 2006 00:58 
   Registering domain names under .ie is not easy     anon    Thu Oct 26, 2006 17:09 
   Crazy     Adnan    Thu Oct 26, 2006 17:31 
   Who Mentioned Morals? I thought they were a thing of the past!     Harry Rea    Thu Oct 26, 2006 23:46 
   Larf     anon    Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:03 
   Porn in Holy Ireland???     catherine sara    Fri Nov 24, 2006 20:17 
 10   Culchy fleadh pornography on RTÉ     fleadh    Sat Nov 25, 2006 11:27 
 11   Offensive, immoral?     Fred Johnston    Sat Nov 25, 2006 15:31 

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