[At-Large] RIAA backs .music new gTLD bid

Joly MacFie joly at punkcast.com
Tue Feb 7 18:08:42 UTC 2012

See below.

Question: Are their practical options for the wider community -
non-professional musicians and listeners - to object to a restricted TLD in
favor of an open one?



RIAA backs .music new gTLD bid
Kevin Murphy, February 7, 2012, 11:33:31 (UTC), Domain Registries

The Recording Industry Association of America has picked a side. It's
supporting Far
Further's application for the .music generic top-level domain, according to
the company.

The RIAA wrote to the US Department of Commerce last August to demand that
music-themed gTLD should implement "heightened security measures" to
prevent copyright

And that's pretty much what Far Further has promised.

Its .music would be restricted, along the same lines as gTLDs such a .pro,
card-carrying members of what the company calls "accredited Global Music

"It's not open to everyone," Styll said. "You'd have to join an

Amateur bands would have to be members of an accredited songwriters
association to get a
.music address, for example.

In addition, the content of .music web sites would be policed in a similar
way to .xxx or
.cat, with regular spidering to ensure the content does not break the rules.

Far Further is not the only known .music applicant, of course.

Constantine Roussos of Music.us and MyTLD has been passionately campaigning
for the gTLD
for years, and his enthusiasm has not waned even if his chances have.

"We're still going after .music," he confirmed yesterday. He added that he
expects it to
be a two-horse race, given these recent developments.

Make no mistake, with backing from the RIAA and other influential industry
groups Far
Further is now the runaway favorite in the battle for .music. Roussos has
quite a fight on
his hands.

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