RIAA Required Music Top-Level Domains Be LegalAdded: Friday, January 21st, 2011
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The RIAA suggested ICANN to revert back to a requirement for any objector to a proposed generic top-level domain (gTLD), which now says that they must show a likelihood of material detriment to the industry. If not, the outfit threatens to escalate the situation. In other words, the music industry is worried that someone could hijack a music-oriented website and enable extensive copyright violation of its works.
As you remember, the music industry didn’t approve the transition of the most common media from printed sheet music to radio, as well as from cassette tapes to digital music, still continuing warning the community about how new inventions can be used to violate copyrights. In addition, it is never tired of pointing at their potential for cutting jobs and declining profits. Actually, it seems like the music industry has never approved of any new form of technology. Now ICANN can feel the RIAA’s wrath over a new TLD program.
Recently, the RIAA’s representative named Victoria Sheckler, on behalf of the outfit and a coalition of 15 US and international trade associations that represent songwriters, royalty collection societies, musicians, publishers, and record labels, sent a request to ICANN. In the letter she expressed their concern over the creation of new music-oriented top-level domains. Victoria Sheckler explains that their overriding concern is to make sure that any music-oriented gTLD is used responsibly and protected from becoming a tool to facilitate copyright violation.
Earlier, ICANN raised the requirements for blocking new top-level domains. Now objectors must show a likelihood of material detriment to his community, and the broader one, in case the TLD application gets approved. However, the RIAA requires to change it back to the prior standard with the requirements targeting the objector’s own community only.
Victoria Sheckler explained their request by the fact that now the music industry coalition fears that it won’t be able to object in case a pirate hijacks a music-oriented top-level domain in order to enable copyright infringement of its works. In the end of the letter the RIAA made it clear that that it will escalate the confrontation if ICANN doesn’t satisfy its demands. And this says the same entertainment industry that swore it had been dying – way back in the 1980s.
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