RIAA Shows Its Fangs to ICANN

“ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ) was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.” This is what ICANN stands for if you click the “About” button of their official homepage.

Victoria Sheckler (RIAA’s Deputy General Counsel) and a coalition of 15 national and international trade associations – representing songwriters, recording artists, music publishers, record labels and royalty collection societies – expressed their concerns over the creation of any music themed TLDs – copyright or trademark infringements could appear, as Zeropaid reports.

To block a new TLD application, ICANN expanded its requirements so that objectors must now show a “likelihood of material detriment to the community named by the objector, and the broader Internet community, if the gTLD application is approved.”

At the end of the letter, Sheckler clearly states:

“We strongly urge you to take these concerns seriously, and expeditiously implement appropriate changes to the DAG to address these critical concerns. We prefer a practical solution to these issues, and hope to avoid the need to escalate the issue further.”

It all comes down to this:  there are too few legal music sites to actually need a TLD, or so they say. The main purpose though, is being in absolute control.