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Status: proposed
Type: Niche TLD
Category: Media
Community: Music Industry

.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.

Current Applicants

  1. Far Further (.music LLC) (Community Priority Application)
  2. Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. (Entertainment Names Inc.)
  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
  6. Dot Music/CGR E-Commerce Ltd (Community Priority Application)
  7. Donuts (Victor Cross)
  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. Theirs is a 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 eNom, the second largest registrar and a subsidiary of Demand Media 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 must join the "Accredited Global Music Community Members” organization before they can register a domain name.[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'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]