Fear-Induced Foolishness: Entertainment Industry Thinks Controls On New TLDs Will Actually Impact Piracy
from the come-on dept
Last month, we wrote about how the RIAA was backing a version of the .music top level domain that would only allow “accredited” musicians to get domains with a .music suffix. Their key concern, as always, was that .music would be used for infringement. It appears that it’s not just the RIAA who’s concerned, and not just about .music. Paul Keating points us to the news that various other legacy entertainment industry groups, including the MPAA, ASCAP and others, have joined with the RIAA to warn of the horrors that await if .music, .movies and .games are allowed without special anti-piracy features.
In a position statement, “New gTLDs Targeting Creative Sectors: Enhanced Safeguards”, the groups say that such gTLDs are “fraught with serious risks” and should be controlled more rigorously than other gTLDs.
“If new gTLDs targeted to these sectors – e.g., .music, .movies, .games – are launched without adequate safeguards, they could become havens for continued and increased criminal and illegal activity,” the statement says.
It goes on to make seven demands for regulations covering Whois accuracy, enforced anti-piracy policies, and private requests for domain name take-downs.
But, here’s the thing: all that stuff already happens on other domains. What difference does it make if it happens on those new domains? It’s not like domains are a totally scarce resource, and stopping piracy on one particular TLD will somehow prevent infringement. This just seems like a strange and pointless battle. It’s not actually fighting infringement. It’s fighting the possibility that a certain domain will be used for infringement — even though preventing that won’t stop any infringement at all, since it will continue on other websites. So why even spend time focusing on something so useless?
It says something about the mindset of these organizations that they can’t comprehend that making a stand over this is completely meaningless. They just instinctively lash out at anything new.