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'''.music''' is one of proposed top-level domain names (TLD) dedicated for the use of the music industry. There are several entities applying for the .music string which include [[Constantine Roussos]], Managing Director of CGR Ecommerce Ltd and founder of dotmusic initiative and [[Far Further]], a top level domain development company led by Warner Music record producer Loren Balman and music journalist John Styll. The third contender is [[Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd.]] (TLDH) in partnership with LHL TLD Investment Partners of Beverly Hills California ([[LHL]]).<ref>[ Second .music applicant is Demand Media partner]</ref> <ref>[ TLDH to apply for .music]</ref>
==Current Applicants==
# [[.MUSIC]], ([[Constantine Roussos]])
# [[Far Further]] (.music LLC)
# [[Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd.]]
# [[Google]] (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
# [[Radix]] (DotMusic Inc.), one of 31 applications filed by the company
# [[Famous Four Media]] (dot Music Limited), one of 61 applications filed by the company
# [[Entertainment Names Inc.]]
# [[DotMusic]] / [[CGR E-Commerce Ltd]]
# [[Donuts]] (Victor Cross)
# [[Amazon]]<ref>[ Music Status,]</ref>
==Constantine Roussos dotMusic Initiative==
The dot Music initiative ([[.MUSIC]]) was started by [[Constantine Roussos ]] in 2005. He launched the dotMusic ( website dedicated in gathering support for a petition to [[ICANN]] to approve the .music TLD for the global music industry. His initiative is supported by members of the music industry including bands, musicians, companies, professionals and many others. Based on the dotMusic website, Roussos initiative gathered more than 1.5 million signatures for the petition. The dotMusic initiative objectives include:<ref>
[ Constantine Roussos Linkedin Profile]</ref> <ref>[]</ref>
* Music Education
==Far Further Bid==
[[Far Further ]] is a TLD development and marketing company based in Tennessee. It was founded by music professionals with the objective to unite the global music industry and to provide a secure domain space for the industry, to promote music, protect intellectual property rights and to help advance music education through the .music TLD. <ref>[ Far Further Mission]</ref>
The company partnered with [[eNom]], the second largest registrar and a subsidiary of [[Demand Media]] to provide back-end registry services.<ref>[ Second .music applicant is Demand Media partner]</ref> Far Further's bid to operate the .music TLD is supported by the Recording Industry Association of America, International Federation of Phonographic Industries and The Recording Academy.<ref>[ RIAA backs .music new gTLD bid]</ref> According to John Styll, the RIAA "support was a hard won. The RIAA put together a loose coalition of organizations from sectors from around the world and ran a pretty intensive RFI process.” He also added that, the .music TLD will be restricted and registrants must join the "Accredited Global Music Community Members” organization before they can register a domain name.<ref>[ RIAA backs .music new gTLD bid]</ref> It's executive team include:<ref>[ About Far Further]</ref>* [[Loren Balman]], CEO* [[John Styll]], President & COO* John Frankenheimer, .music General Counsel* Ralph Simon, Head of Global Development* Paul Zamek, SVP Global Marketing* Keith Thomas, VP of Artist Relations* J. Beckwith Burr, .music Special Counsel* [[Alexa Raad]], CEO of [[Architelos]]/Strategic Adviser* [[John Matson]], COO of Architelos/Strategic Adviser* Michael Young, CTO of Architelos/Strategic Adviser* Norbert Grey, CFO of Architelos/Strategic Adviser
==TLDH and LHL Bid==
On March 23, 2012, TLDH [[Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd.]] and [[LHL TLD Investment Partners]] signed a partnership agreement to apply for the .music TLD. [[Minds + Machines]] will provide the back-end registry solutions for the company. In a press release, TLDH CEO [[Antony Van Couvering]] said, “We’re thrilled to be working with leading music artists and professionals. This partnership brings financial weight and industry expertise to the table and confirms the value which we see in .music.”<ref>[ TLDH to apply for .music]</ref>

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