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A2IM and our international Independent music label colleagues issued a letter to ICANN in support of the music community supported bids of Dot.Music and Far Further. The best interests of the music creator community will be served by these entities running the soon to be launched .Music internet domain name. See below for more background on this coming domain name.
Please contact ICANN (emails included in the A2IM letter) and tell them that you want the music creator community, and not digital services with less regard for music creator copyright protections or companies which would be strictly investor entities looking to maximize revenues without regard for copyright ownership protections, to manage the coming .Music internet domain name.
For the past four years we have been sharing updates on the new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD’s) names that will be issued. ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the not-for profit organization responsible for the coordination of maintenance and methodology of unique identifiers related to the namespaces of the Internet and ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation. In June 2011 the ICANN board voted to end most restrictions on the names of generic top-level domains (gTLD) companies and ICANN is in the process of expanding Internet domain names.
The dot.MUSIC concept incorporates both property rights and the concept of the “seal of approval” to produce relatively inexpensive information for fans, artists and labels. As we have reported to you previously this initiative could result in domains names like BonIver.music, JagJaguwar.music, A2IM.music, etc, being used as alternative website addresses for promotion or commerce.
A2IM and our international music colleagues (labels, artists, publishers, songwriters, etc.) have been supporting bids by members of the music creator community (Dot.Music and Far Further) to own and control the .music domain name to ensure that only legitimate music labels/publishers and their recording artists/songwriters get the rights to use the .music gTLD for the names for which they own the property rights.
The evaluation to determine whether music community status along with preferred bidding rights to control the .music TLD will be granted to these music community supported bids is now being decided. A2IM and our international Independent music label colleagues issued a letter to ICANN in support of these music community bids. The purpose of our letter is two-fold:
· First to stress we need a music community bid to prevail and manage the .music gTLD. to operate the .music community-based top-level domain under a multi-stakeholder governance model with enhanced safeguards to protect intellectual property serving the interests of the global music creator community.
· Second to express our concerns about entities such as Google, Amazon or a finance investor based organization, just looking for the largest revenues possible with no regard for Intellectual Property or registration vetting policies which incorporate appropriate enhanced safeguards related to preventing copyright infringement, from winning the control of the .music gTLD in a bidding process.
Please do not hesitate to contact us or our international colleagues with any questions you might have related to our letter and any concerns related to .Music.
Below is a timeline with updates on the story’s progression.
August 26, 2014 – Billboard.biz: “Indies Fighting Google, Amazon for Control of .Music Domain Name“
August 28, 2014 – Complete Music Update: “A2IM backs .music TLD bid”
August 26, 2014 – All Access Music Group: “A2IM Wants .Music Domain Name For Artists And Labels“
August 25, 2014 – Colorado Media : “A2IM Wants .Music Domain Name For Artists And Labels”
August 25, 2014 – Radio and records World : “A2IM Wants .Music Domain Name For Artists And Labels”
August 22, 2014 – ANA Gov’t Relations: “Music Lobby Pushes for Control of Web Domain“
August 21, 2014 – The Hill: “Music Lobby Pushes for Control of Web Domain“