To: Independent Music Creator Organizations:
- As you may have read in the press or A2IM roundup previously, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”), the international organization that regulates Internet Top Level Domain (TLD’s) Names including .com, .biz, .org, etc. has opened up a process to grant new TLD’s and received 2,000 applications covering 800 proposed TLD’s such as .song, .audio, .tune and, as detailed below, .music.
- Eight applicants have applied for the .music TLD including two applications (Far Further and music.us) which have varying degrees of music community support. Others who have submitted proposals to control the .music TLD include Amazon and Google.
- Our goal as a music industry is simple:
-First we would like a group supported by the music community to be granted control of the .music TLD outside of any bidding process so that we have greater control of the granting of uses to ensure that the new .music TLD is only granted to legitimate users and is not used for piracy. For example:
* During the “Sunrise” period of granting .music names the most appropriate users of the names should get that usage. For example MuteRecords.music and M83.music seem like appropriate usages that deserve preference during the Sunrise period.
*After the “Sunrise” period is over the “Landrush” period starts when anyone can apply for a .music license. We ned to ensure there is a proper vetting and monitoring process with good corporate governance so that these usages are used for legitimate licensed promotion and commerce only and not unauthorized usages.
-Second, if one of the community groups is not granted “music community status” and control of the TLD, we want to ensure that the winning bidder complies with best practices.
Along those lines we hope all trade organization will complete the attached letter (PDF) OR attached letter in WORD DOC format and encourage your members to complete and return to you the attached letter which will then be submitted to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). Please submit these letters to Sheryl Cohen at Sheryl@a2im.org by February 15th.