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RIAA Threatening ICANN About .music; Claiming It Will Be Used To Infringe

from the when-you're-an-organization-of-lawyers... dept

Oh look, the RIAA is overreacting yet again -- and doing so the only way it knows how: by rolling out the legal threats. This time it's threatening ICANN over its new top level domain program, which allows all sorts of new TLDs to be registered -- including planned proposals for a .music domain. But the RIAA isn't happy about this, because:
We are concerned that a music themed gTLD will be used to enable wide scale copyright and trademark infringement.
I'm sort of at a loss how the specific TLD makes any difference whatsoever in enabling infringement. A website's a website, no matter what the TLD is. How will having a new TLD enable any more infringement at all? It seems like the real goal of this is (of course) to get ICANN to act as a copyright cop for any such TLD. Just as the RIAA has sought to make copyright cops out of ISPs, the government and other third parties, now it's seeking help from ICANN, who hopefully knows better. So it suggests that it would like to "work with ICANN... to ensure this type of malicious behavior does not occur."

And, of course, in typical RIAA fashion, if ICANN says no, the RIAA plans to go legal:
We strongly urge you to take these concerns seriously... we prefer a practical solution to these issues, and hope to avoid the need to escalate the issue further.
I'd love to see the RIAA try to "escalate the issue further." What's it going to do? Is any court really going to go so far as to say that just because something that has not yet been created, and might possibly in some weird stretch of the imagination be used for infringement, that ICANN has to block it?

Filed Under: domains, icann, music, riaa, tlds, top level domains
Companies: icann, riaa


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    Anonymous Coward, 19 Jan 2011 @ 9:34pm

    Re: Re:

    This is not part of their paradigm, paying for stuff like policing their own properties or artists they say they represent.

    Only the RIAA and their lawyers get paid. In accordance with the paradigm, ICANN shall pay the RIAA to take this horrific threat of a domain off of their hands. They will then collect rents on all sites using the domain, taxpayers will foot the bill for their accusations of infringement against their own customers who are all criminals anyway, and artists will continue to be missing and presumed dead when it's time to pay out.

    Snark aside, the RIAA is especially miffed that ICANN dared to add a statement to their rules for doling out these new domains - actual proof is required, not just a claim, of harm done by any site using the domain that is accused of infringing activities. Proof of harm is what the RIAA wants no part of, it would wreck the paradigm.

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