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RIAA to ICANN: Music TLDs Better be Piracy Free

RIAA to ICANN: Music TLDs Better be Piracy Free

Music coalition warns that it better change new requirement that an objector to a proposed gTLD must show “likelihood of material detriment” to the “broader Internet community”or else it will “escalate” the confrontation. Is worried that a person could “hijack a music themed gTLD to enable widescale copyright infringement” of its works.

The music industry has never met a new form of technology it likes, and ICANN is the latest to feel its wrath over a new top-level domains program.

From printed sheet music to radio, from cassette tapes to digital music, over the years the music industry has warned us about how new inventions will be used to infringe copyrights and their potential for massive job layoffs and declining profits.

Now the RIAA’s Deputy General Counsel, Victoria Sheckler, on behalf of it and a coalition of 15 national and international trade associations representing songwriters, recording artists, music publishers, record labels, and royalty collection societies, has sent a letter to ICANN expressing concern over the creation of any music themed TLDs.

“Our overriding concern is to ensure that any music themed gTLD is used productively and responsibly, and is not a means to facilitate copyright or trademark infringement,” she writes.

ICANN recently raised the requirements for blocking a new TLD application so that objectors must now show a “likelihood of material detriment to the community named by the objector, and the broader Internet community, if the gTLD application is approved.”

The music industry coalition wants it to revert to the prior standard where the objector only had to show harm to his community.

“Under the current proposed standard,” she continues “we fear that we will have no realistic ability to object if a pirate chooses to hijack a music themed gTLD to enable widescale copyright infringement of our works.

In closing the letter, Sheckler makes it clear that that she may “escalate” the situation of ICANN doesn’t adequately satisfy its demands.

“We strongly urge you to take these concerns seriously, and expeditiously implement appropriate changes to the DAG to address these critical concerns. We prefer a practical solution to these issues, and hope to avoid the need to escalate the issue further.”

With this music coalition likely in control of a good majority of the world’s copyrighted music, it’s concern is likely centered around the fact that it believes there are too few legal music sites to necessitate having a TLD of its own, and what it all comes down to in the end, as it has so many times before, is being in total control.

Keep in mind this is the same industry that said it was dying – way back in the 1980s.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Dashworlds.com
Dashworlds.com

There are new Dashcoms for MUSIC, JAZZ, ROCK, POP, CLASSICS etc already being registered at Dashworlds.com.For the first time, users can create their own set of TLDs free and any without reference to ICANN (or RIAA?).Yes, there’s an APP but there’s also an ISP link to resolve these addresses at network level. Running in parallel with ICANN domains, Dashcoms integrate with no risk of colliding with the Dotcoms.There are of course a variety of opinions, but Dash domains will allow you a previously unheard of level of free choice. As a result there are now members and users in over 90 countries worldwide.

BumbleBee123
BumbleBee123

I played my recently pirated version of Cry Me A River by Aerosmith whilst reading this outstanding article.

Boomer The Dog
Boomer The Dog

Thanks Constantine, that makes it easier to understand what .music is going to do. With what you've said, I don't see what the music coalition is worried about.Boomerhttp://boomerthedog.net

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waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah im the MAFIAA waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah stealing all the culture is hard waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah why are u letting people voice their thoughts? waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah im special, i dont wana compete waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah didnt Biden tell u to do what we say? we paid quite a bit and now ur not playing by the rules we bought waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

Constantine Roussos (.MUSIC)
Constantine Roussos (.MUSIC)

Thanks Jared for the coverage about this important issue. The .music top-level domain (TLD) initiative we are championing for is a community-based TLD.There has been huge confusion about what the .music is and how it will function. I have been public at ICANN for years about the best model that would work and have proposed a community-based TLD that ensures fair representation of stakeholders of music as well as transparency in governance.The premium domains such as rock.music will not be auctioned. These along with other major keyword, genre, linguistic, country, city will be used to benefit the .music community and be developed using our TLD technology. The goal is to create a win-win situation for .music domain holders.Since this will not be a generic TLD like .COM, registering a .music domain will encompass rules. The .music domain extension will be a community-based initiative with stringent policies in regards to registration rules. Only members of approved .music Community Member Organizations (CMOs) will be able to register a .music address. CMOs will include .music-accredited Trade Organizations, Government Agencies/Export Offices, Music Educational Institutions, Digital Aggregators and Music Communities.We invite these types of organizations to become .music Community Member Organizations, who will serve as gatekeepers to protect .music from malicious conduct. These CMOs will be assigned a validating ID that will be given to their members to use in order to register a .music domain.You can email us at community (at) music.us if you are an organization interested in becoming a .music accredited CMO. We will be at Midem, New Music Seminar, Digital Music Forum East and SXSW as well. Contact us via our website http://music.us/contact.htm if you have questions or interest.The issue of copyright piracy is not an ICANN issue since they are not a copyright regulating body. The .music TLD will be employ policies that stretch beyond ICANN norms for a TLD launch to ensure malicious conduct is prevented. Our biggest concern has been malicious content and gaming. While ICANN has not been very receptive to solving those issues, it is our responsibility to put together those policies and not rely on ICANN, who do not have copyright piracy as their role. They oversee the Internet in regards to Internet technical security, stability and interoperability.ICANN's Affirmation of Commitments is ensuring there is competition, innovation, transparency, accountability and international participation. This is what .music will be all about. The question is how to ensure it is a safe haven for music consumption, collaboration and a tool to expand the pie for the music community. Being a nuisance is not the goal of .music. Creating value and serving the music community in a win-win situation is what the .music objective is.Policy-making is of great importance and we have invited all music stakeholders to contribute, participate and actively get involved with .music. We trust there will be a commitment by the music industry, not just the music community, that they will do what is best for global music interest in order to create value and a governance based on trust, collaboration and win-win in the next phase of the Internet.For this to be accomplished we need open dialogue, discussions and addressing the issues straight on. That entails asking the tough questions and being committed to creating value while ensuring governance by all key stakeholders from the music community, both commercial and non-commercial constituents.I voice the same concerns as the RIAA and the Coalition. However, I have been an active member of the ICANN community for years now and would attest that there is a slim chance ICANN would go beyond its commitments and trail the areas of copyright. It is our responsibility to the music community to make this happen and not rely on 3rd parties.I urge the music community understand what we are proposing in regards to launch and creating value, protecting trademarks and limiting copyright infringment. Getting on board and discussing these issues is critical. We have launched our global communication outreach campaign for years now and have addressed many issues of concern by many. We certainly would like to work with as many global music organizations and communities to get this right and ensure pirates do not get a hold of music-related TLDs. Our public comments to ICANN confirm this commitment we made. This should be a unified effort on behalf of all of the at-large music community and that is what we are striving for.Constantine Roussos.music Top-Level Domain Initiativehttp://music.us

to Boomer
to Boomer

Yep, agree. Please write a human friendly version of this text for us, anyone? Thank You

heh
heh

"you better or we'll stomp and cry and go WAAAAAAAAAA..."RIAA = FAIL

Boomer The Dog
Boomer The Dog

The word 'hijack' seems to be causing confusion. I'd take that to mean that someone cracked an official site and used it to distribute pirate materials, but it sounds like the Music Coalition wants name protection from the start, saying you as a fan can't get u2fan.music if they think you will sell bootleg U2 CDs through it.Someone should break that article down for the woolly headed like me.. :)Boomerhttp://boomerthedog.net

Quartz
Quartz

I,m harmed by the widespread theft of cultural works by music cartels for cash, just who do I complain to to halt their piracy ?



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