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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    Karl (profile), 20 Jan 2011 @ 5:27pm

    Re: Re: Response by .music domain initiative: Roussos

    Nobody will ever go to a .music domain

    You know, I just went to music.us, and it's even worse than I thought.

    It looks basically like a TLD that is made for the Big Four and PRO members, and nobody else.

    One of its stated goals is "fighting piracy." Roussos is also the founder of www.fightpiracy.org (which, I admit, is not quite as bad as it sounds).

    It also says this:
    .MUSIC will contribute proceeds from its domain name registrations to select not-for-profit organizations that support its mission, core values and 5 initiatives.


    Since PRO's are "not-for-profit organizations," you get three guesses where that money is going.

    And on his own site, he has an article called Why the Music Industry needs a .MUSIC Official Website Domain Name. This is his number one reason for a .music TLD:
    The .MUSIC open, transparent, web-based web infrastructure and platform decreases the bargaining power and heavy reliance on the Google and Apple monopolies, their closed infrastructure, and their controlled distribution system for search and digital downloads respectively.

    Emphasis in the original.

    This is not something I would ever want to be associated with.

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