The .music top-level domain extension has been awarded to DotMusic and will be used to create an online ecosystem for the music industry, after a decade of legal battles
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The international music industry welcomes the news that DotMusic has been awarded the rights to the .music domain, with plans to launch using “music-tailored” policies
By Anna Grace on 18 Apr 2019
DotMusic recently announced that it had prevailed in obtaining the rights to the .music top-level domain (TLD) name extension, which it will launch with music-tailored policies to create an exclusive, protected online space for the music industry.
Founder and chief executive of DotMusic, Constantine Roussos, had competition from tech giants Google and Amazon, as well as leading domain registries to win the .music rights. Roussos first submitted an application for the TLD in 2012.
In order to ward off cyber squatters – those who register trademarked domain names to either sell them on or profit from the traffic to the site – the TLD will become available in stages, first to verified trademark holders and then to members of the Music Community Members Organisation (MCMO).
Members of the public will then have access to the domain name, after undergoing a verification process.
“This is a new digital era for the global music community,” says Roussos. “For the first time in internet history, music community members will be able to register their own exclusive, verified, and trusted .music domain name.”
Below are a selection of music industry responses to the plans for the .music domain.
Frances Moore, CEO, IFPI
“IFPI congratulates DotMusic on the success of its application to manage the .music domain. As the online marketplace around the world continues to evolve, so too do the challenges the music community faces in preventing music from being made available illegally and ensuring fans have access to licensed services.
“We welcome DotMusic’s commitments to safeguard .music domains against unlawful uses and we look forward to working closely with the DotMusic team in implementing those commitments.”
“As the online marketplace around the world continues to evolve, so too do the challenges the music community faces in preventing music from being made available illegally”
Gadi Oron, director general, Cisac
“As the world’s largest global network for creators, with member societies in over 120 countries, Cisac welcomes the .music domain and the opportunities it can create to develop a stronger and more responsible environment for licensed music.”
David Israelite, president and CEO, NMPA
“The NMPA applauds DotMusic for establishing a critical domain that is tailored for the music creator community. This was a hard-fought and competitive process and we look forward to the great potential of the .music domain for songwriters and music publishers alike who will greatly benefit from its piracy and copyright protections.”
“This was a hard-fought and competitive process and we look forward to the great potential of the .music domain”
Daryl P. Friedman, chief industry, government and relations officer, The Recording Academy / Grammys
“As an organisation of performers, songwriters and studio professionals, the Recording Academy is pleased to see the community-focus for the new .music domain. We look forward to working with the team at DotMusic to ensure creators and intellectual property are respected on all .music sites.”
Helen Smith, executive chair, Impala
“Our mission at Impala is to grow the independent music sector in Europe. In our digital action plan, our aims included effectively tackling infringing websites and giving music consumers the best digital infrastructure in the world based on trust and security.
“It is good news that an application abiding by community commitments prevailed and we look forward to working with the DotMusic team to achieve our mutual objectives and create a safe and innovative ecosystem for global music consumption.”
“It is good news that an application abiding by community commitments prevailed”
Pierre Mossiat, President, IMPF
“IMPF is really pleased for all the team at DotMusic for having prevailed. We are delighted that the .music domain name extension will afford all of us – music publishers, composers, songwriters and our associations – the opportunity to ensure that we can claim and protect our names against cybersquatters.
“It has been a long journey but it is great to see the international music community validated.”
Benoît Machuel, general secretary, Fim
“A vetted .music domain is fully in line with our federation’s goal to protect and further the economic, social and artistic interests of musicians globally.”
“It has been a long journey but it is great to see the international music community validated”
Magdalena Moreno Mujica, executive director, Ifacca
“Ifacca congratulates DotMusic on the success of its campaign to launch a trusted community-based domain for artists, and we particularly welcome its international community approach to tackle this complex issue.
“Ifacca’s vision is a world in which arts and culture thrive and are recognised by governments and peoples for their contribution to society; this initiative promises to help realise this vision, by supporting artists to thrive – not least by protecting their welfare and intellectual property rights – and providing a trusted space for global audiences to engage with and support artists.”
“This initiative promises to help realise [our] vision, by […] providing a trusted space for global audiences to engage with and
Brad Buckles, chief content protection officer, Riaa
“We congratulate the DotMusic team on their successful application. Since the beginning, our hope was that this process would yield a .music domain where proper and effective safeguards would protect the rights of music creators globally and allow them control over their work.
“We look forward to working with DotMusic on implementing this vision to ensure that the internet ecosystem is a safe, vibrant and innovative place where legitimate music creation, access and distribution can thrive.”
“Our hope was that this process would yield a .music domain where proper and effective safeguards would protect the rights of music creators”
Charlie Phillips, COO, WIN
“WIN welcomes the announcement that DotMusic has succeeded in its application to manage the .music top-level-domain. We look forward to working together to ensure this opportunity will benefit the music community by further developing the licensed online music market, and creating another line of defence against piracy.”
Dr. Richard James Burgess, president and CEO, A2IM
“A2IM’s mission to promote growth, awareness and equality of opportunity for independent music through advocacy, education and community, is aligned with .music’s principles. We welcome the launch of the .music domain that addresses the concerns and needs of the music community.”