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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    vivaelamor (profile), 23 Jan 2011 @ 4:08pm

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

    "However, I am not one of those that believes that free is always the solution to selling more. It all depends on which stage of the development cycle you are. Radiohead and Trent have shown great insights on how the web can be leveraged with the concept of free. However, those are big-time names and it is harder to translate those kind of benefits to smaller bands."

    Why? This issue has been discussed on Techdirt repeatedly and no one seems to be able to explain why it could only work for already successful bands, let alone provided any evidence to support the theory.

    "My perspective is that more could be done in regards to distributing more equitable/fair funds of those profits to artists."

    Isn't that battle better fought against the labels themselves? Plenty of independent artists seem to be perfectly happy with the services offered by Youtube and iTunes. I happen to think people using iTunes are insane and prefer them to use better services like Bandcamp, but to suggest that iTunes is exploiting them just doesn't make sense to me. Incidentally, what problem do you have with iTunes that couldn't be solved by artists utilising competing services; is it because no one can afford to set up internet radio, iTunes has become the de facto promotional tool?

    "Same applies to terrestrial radio in the US. I believe performers should be paid their fair share by the radio stations. Pandora and digital stations pay for it, why shouldn't terrestrial radio. The record industry has changed and so have the dynamics of marketing."

    Because the industry almost killed Pandora by insisting on excessive royalties. When I was growing up the only reason I bought any music was because I had heard it on the radio. Now the technology has changed and instead of supporting the technical progression of one of the biggest contributors to the growth of the music industry, they want to tax it. There was a time when labels paid stations to play their music, why does it suddenly make more sense to tax them for the privilege? The 'dynamics of marketing'? I guess I'm not hip with the lingo.

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