URL Shortener Checks User Country Laws Warn of Porn for Both Age & Jurisdiction

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In the wake of some people's worries whether shortened links on foreign domains subject to non-US laws regarding pornography are safe, and after Libyan shutdown of URL shortener vb.LY for Sharia and Islamic law violations, URL shortener and web radio 1-z.us was launched Halloween, 2010, with a YouTube music playlist and a URL shortener. They now claim the world's shortest URLs, but admittedly "blows it" by adding a Rated-XXX warning to links they detect adult content in.

In the wake of some people's worries whether shortened links on foreign domains subject to non-US laws regarding pornography are safe, and after Libyan shutdown of URL Shortener vb.LY for Sharia and Islamic law violations, URL shortener and web radio 1-z.us was launched Halloween, 2010, with a YouTube music playlist and a URL shortener. They now claim the world's shortest URLs, but admittedly "blows it" by adding a Rated-XXX warning to links they detect adult content in.

"Use any search engine or social network search, pick from George Carlin's seven words? Conjugate a verb, add an adjective. A personal favorite perhaps. No age or legal warnings. Juicy graphic videos. No home page statements, models are 18, etc..." he argued. "The warnings are all on the entrance pages of the porn sites. URL shorteners are just a tricky way to get around that."

Purkins has been on a porn warning crusade since July, he admits, "Not anti-porn," he asserted, "just pro law. I have no problem with Larry Flyynt, for example, who obeys the law. Porn folks using URL shorteners whether by err or purpose often don't, but freedom of speech, obeying the laws of the multiple lands and protecting my 8 year old grandson are not mutually exclusive. Once he's 18 though? His choice,"

Purkins believes that while the Internet is a complicated place to address legality within, it can be easily addressed and with incredible effectiveness, noting:

"en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pornography_laws.svg gives a color coded world map. Green? Okay to play. Red? Watch out, may be someone watching over your shoulder? Lots of gray areas too. Artie Johnson used to say on Laugh In, 'very interesting.' I date myself. Many people who date themselves seem to like porn, supposedly. Me, I'm just a curious guy and a class clown. I also do some Internet crime and fraud work lately. Not my major business, but I'm a computer security expert for 30 years and sometimes can't help but get involved, said, like in this case."

Yahoo was looking at bit.LY this past summer with the number $100 million rumored, and Mitchell Kapor, AOL Ventures and unnamed others recently sent $10.5 million bit.LY's way. That's in addition to $3.5 million funding in 2009.

"Is a URL shortener worth that much? Nope. But marketing data collected from converting IP Addresses into purchasing profiles of those clicking short links is. And bit.LY is the biggest. Lots of data, lots of money," says Purkins. "At 1-z.us and OneCent.US we also count clicks, get IP Addresses, profiles. Everyone does it. Figure out who you are. Ever wonder why many ads you see are for stuff you really like? Coincidence? No anonymity on the Internet, especially with fixed IP Addresses. Click here, click there, a couple searches for your favorite thing? If Mikey likes it, they know how much he spends on it, if he watches it at home or at work. Even the time you knock off work, go to bed," Purkins reasoned.

"So, if we see one of the seven words or a chapter of the Kama Sutra in the long link or the page itself? We slap on Rated-XXX to warn the kids and people in various countries where it's likely illegal, mostly very religious ones not in the Americas and Europe. My opinion?" Purkins said, "and take this from an admitted W. C. Fields fan, and we know what his opinion about opinions was. If you have to press 1 to speak English? It's likely okay to look if you're over 18. But maybe check with your local police department. Hello? I have no date tonight and wonder, is it legal for me to watch Paris Hilton's home exercise video on my computer? I could use a work out" he joked to make his point.

Purkins is in the process of programming a relational database that will decode IP addresses of people clicking links to the ISO country code of the top level domain they are using to shorten links as well as the country they are shortening the link in and if local laws of either land may prohibit the content, the link will still work, but an additional warning will be given, he said.

"I'm careful not to get into the censorship business here," Purkins cautioned. "I am Mister Freedom of Speech. But if someone doesn't make a stand on this, and I don't want to tell you who in my own government has either yelled at me or hung up on me on this in the last several months. I'm not trying to embarrass. I just want the government out of controlling the web. But that means business people must do it." he stated, "and so far, I'm the Lone Ranger. Porn is big business and I haven't many friends on this one."

Purkins said this was his third or fourth attempt to get some mainstream media attention on the subject, but that "the barn wall hasn't been sticky. It just stinks," he said in his typical sarcastic manner.

He closed with "Some people don't understand English though and Rated-XXX might suggest 'this video has a thirty rating,' maybe from the Russian judge? Or they're in Rome, Roman numerals? Could happen. In the Civil War, battlefield reporters used triple XXX to end press releases to tell the other end of the wire they hadn't suddenly stopped typing due to a piece of lead through their eye or something. Now we use '-30-'".

http://1-z.us is owned by the http://OneCent.US Group of Companies, a sole proprietorship. Bill Purkins is a 29 year career computer consultant with 25 plus Fortune 500 International Logistics supply chain fulfillment and Customs compliance systems to his credit, currently seeking capital venture for his 39 service, product, marketing and brand promotion websites/domains. mailto:bill@onecent.us. tel:631-624-5692.

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