.music

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Status: proposed
Type: Niche TLD
Category: Media
Community: Music Industry
Priority #: 448 - DotMusic / CGR E-Commerce Ltd
450 - Radix (DotMusic Inc.)
749 - Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. (Entertainment Names Inc.)
838 - Amazon
1557 - Far Further (.music LLC)
1634 - Donuts (Victor Cross)
1830 - Famous Four Media (dot Music Limited)
1907 - Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)

.music is a proposed top-level domain names (TLD) dedicated for the use of music dissemination and appreciation. It is one of the most highly contested new gTLDs, with 8 competitive applications in contention.

Applicants

  1. Far Further (.music LLC) (Community Priority Application)
  2. Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. (Entertainment Names Inc.) - This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  3. Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
  4. Radix (DotMusic Inc.), one of 31 applications filed by the company
  5. Famous Four Media (dot Music Limited), one of 61 applications filed by the company. This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  6. Dot Music/CGR E-Commerce Ltd (Community Priority Application)
  7. Donuts (Victor Cross) - This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  8. Amazon[1]

Constantine Roussos dotMusic Initiative

The dot Music initiative (.MUSIC) was started by Constantine Roussos in 2005. He launched the dotMusic (music.us) website dedicated to gathering support via a petition to ICANN to approve the .music TLD for the global music industry. His initiative was 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:[2] [3]

  • Music Education
  • Fight Against Piracy to Protect Trademarks and Music Intellectual Capital
  • Promoting Arts and Global Music
  • Innovation in Music and Internet Space

Roussos also gathered support from different social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Myspace. The myspace.music page has almost 4.3 million friends or followers.[4] Aside from Roussos, Tina Dam, Robert Singerman, Ken Abdo, Bob Donnelly and John Simsom comprise the Leadership Team of dot Music initiative. The team plans to operate the .music TLD using the multistakeholder approach and a portion of the revenue generated from the .music TLD registrations will be donated to selected non-profit organizations. Registrations will be restricted to .MUSIC-accredited Community Member Organizations (CMOs).[5]

Mr. Ruoussos is now working with the DotMusic/CGR E-Commerce Ltd. bid, the community priority application.[6]

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. [7] It is a community priority application.

The company partnered with Neustar to provide back-end registry services.[8] 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.[9] 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 will be qualified via association with a number of supporting organizations.[10][11]

TLDH and LHL Bid

On March 23, 2012, 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.”[12]

Amazon

Amazon's application was issued a GAC Early Warning from the representative of Australia and GAC Chair, Heather Dryden. The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the ICANN Board that a given TLD application should be denied as it stands. Applicants are encouraged to work with objecting GAC members.[13]

The warning states that the applicant is "seeking exclusive access to a common generic string .. that relates to a broad market sector," which Ms. Dryden notes could have unintended consequences and a negative impact on competition.[14]

Radix

Radix received a GAC Early Warning as an entire applicant, where each one of the applicants was flagged by the U.S. Government. This seems to be the only time a portfolio applicant had all of their applications warned. The issue does not deal with the technical capabilities or thematic content of their applications, but rather the inclusion of an email address associated with the US' Federal Bureau of Investigation. It seems that Radix included correspondence with this address as a recommendation with each of their applications.[15]

Community Applications

There are 2 community priority applicants: DotMusic / CGR E-Commerce Ltd and .music LLC (Far Further).

The dot Music initiative (DotMusic / CGR E-Commerce Ltd) was started by Constantine Roussos in 2005. He launched the dotMusic (music.us) website dedicated to gathering support via a petition to ICANN to approve the .music TLD for the global music industry. His initiative was 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.[16] [17] Organizations it counts among its supporters include: International Federation of Arts Councils & Culture Agencies (IFACCA), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), National Association of Recording Manufacturers (NARM).[18]

The other community applicant is Far Further (.music LLC). Many of its executives are also members of music organizations and associations, and the applicant claims that "there are forty-two (42) clearly delineated, organized and pre-existing music community organizations that have provided individual written statements of support. This unparalleled level of global music community representation is referred to as the Charter Member Organizations of the Global Music Community (GMC). Collectively they represent over 4 million individual members within more than 1,000 associations in over 150 countries...Potential domain registrants must be members of or affiliated with at least one Member Organization of the Global Music Community."[19]

In October 2014, the Community Priority Evaluation panel gave Far Further a 3 out 16 points, where 14 points was a passing score. This means that Far Further's application for .music will not gain exclusive rights to the string as a Community Applicant, and will have to settle the contention with the other applicants through an auction or other method.[20]

Objections

An official Legal Rights Objection was filed by the applicant Dot Music/CGR E-Commerce Ltd against all fellow applicants.[21]

A Legal Rights Objection, as defined by the ICANN approved mediator, WIPO, is when, "third parties may file a formal objection to an application on several grounds, including, for trademark owners and Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) [..] When such an objection is filed, an independent panel (comprised of one or three experts) will determine whether the applicant’s potential use of the applied-for gTLD would be likely to infringe [..] the objector’s existing trademark, or IGO name or acronym."[22]

Community Objection

THe American Association of Independent Music filed community objections against Amazon, Google, dot Music Limited, Dotmusic Inc., Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd., Donuts, and .music LLC,[23] thereby objection go every application other than the application from Dot Music/[CGR E-Commerce Ltd.

References