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GoDaddy Reinstated Public Domain

GoDaddy Reinstated Public Domain

Added: Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
As you might remember, a few days ago British sheet music organization called MPA required to take the IMSLP domain name offline due to the claims that a work located in the public domain had been still copyrighted. However, the MPA now decided to back off and allowed GoDaddy to re-instate the domain.


Usually the Public Domain is the name received by a work whose copyright has expired. In other words, no one possesses the rights over the work. Nevertheless, the MPA somehow managed to take offline the domain of the IMSLP because of the work that perhaps had been in the public domain. GoDaddy received a complaint from the MPA, claiming that some work has been illicitly redistributed by IMSLP, but the problem was that the copyright for the work was expired. GoDaddy didn’t pay attention to the problem and simply pulled the plug on the domain name failing even to contact the site operators first.

After this both the MPA and GoDaddy faced a storm of criticism over the abuse of copyright legislation and lack of due process. This was probably the reason for the MPA to take steps back and ask GoDaddy to reinstate the website domain, which is currently fully operational.

However, the question is whether the results would have been the same had the powerful online media not intervened on the situation. In fact, there may be hundreds of other similar cases going on that aren’t getting so much media attention. Meanwhile, the situation in question was really a losing situation for all three parties involved: first of all, GoDaddy re-ignited the suspicions that a domain name registrar can buckle under pressure right away. In fact, domains have been in the centre of many censorship and copyright debates, especially with the COICA in the United States. Secondly, for the MPA the case only showed how easily copyright can be abused and employed as a convenient censorship instrument. Everyone who doesn’t like a certain website can just send a bogus copyright complaint to the registrar and then watch the service disappear. Or that’s what the case looks like today. The MPA has looked like one such outfit engaging in the activity of this kind until the domain was restored.

Finally, this case just added fuel to the debates over the question of whether copyright can be used as a censorship tool or not. In other words, MPA rashly stepped on a land mine here.

April 27th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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