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RIAA Threatens ICANN Over Music-Themed gTLD Standards 174

think_nix writes "A letter to ICANN (PDF) from Victoria Sheckler, Deputy General Counsel for the RIAA, demands modifications to the future implementation of the .music gTLD, threatening to 'escalate the issue' if certain concerns about 'wide scale copyright and trademark infringement' are not addressed by ICANN in compliance with the RIAA. 'Under the current proposed standard, we fear that we will have no realistic ability to object if a pirate chooses to hijack a music themed gTLD to enable wide scale copyright infringement of our works,' Sheckler said."
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RIAA Threatens ICANN Over Music-Themed gTLD Standards

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  • by achilles777033 ( 1090811 ) on Friday January 21, 2011 @02:32PM (#34956484)
    More like the Home Owner's Association, or the PTA, than the DEA, I would think.
  • by bugi ( 8479 ) on Friday January 21, 2011 @02:32PM (#34956486)

    There's an easy solution to this. Give them their own .riaa gtld and let them ghettoize it however they like.

    That can be the official newspeak channel for angry out of touch distributors, and the rest of us can get on with appreciating music for its aesthetic value.

  • by kabloom ( 755503 ) on Friday January 21, 2011 @02:36PM (#34956546) Homepage

    I'm surprised that the RIAA is more worried about piracy than having their domains bought up by speculators who will charge them millions of dollars for the names of their bands.

  • Re:Stupid? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 21, 2011 @02:42PM (#34956648)

    That's akin to the .xxx TLD that'd make porn sites way too easy to filter.

    As someone who's done business with porn sites, they're all about it. Porn sites want to be filtered by libraries, schools, parents, etc. because it lessens the hassle and negative image they have to deal with while not seriously effecting their business (very few people in any of those situations buy porn instead of looking at free stuff). Heck, most of them voluntarily add tags to help filtering programs know to filter them.

    P.S. going to company mandated sexual harassment sensitivity training being done by an outside consultant is a riot when a number of the "rules" they tell us to follow would prevent us from doing work. The trainer eventually just blanked over, stopped taking questions, and read from her script pretending like no one had asked anything.

  • Re:Stupid? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by plover ( 150551 ) * on Friday January 21, 2011 @03:10PM (#34957180) Homepage Journal

    So ICANN should issue a .riaa gTLD, and give the RIAA the authority to be the regsitrar.

    Then everyone business and and ISP on the planet could block .riaa resolution, keeping us safe from being subjected to lawsuits for infringing their rights by looking at their content.


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