p2pnet view RIAA:- ICANN is the latest organisation the Big 4′s RIAA, and adherents, is trying to bully into becoming an unpaid corporate copyright cop.
According to Victoria Sheckler, .music is the latest awful threat to the livelihood of her employers, Vivendi Universal (France), Sony (Japan), EMI (Britain), and Warner Music (US, but controlled by a Canadian).
Sheckler is ‘deputy general counsel’ to the Big 4′s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and the main signatory to a missive making “vague legal threats over ICANN’s new top-level domains program”, states domainincite.com.
Issuing spurious threats is, of course, one of the few things the RIAA, run by Mitch ‘The Don’ Bainwol, is good at.
Ask the 40,000 or so Americans, including very young children, targeted in its failed six-year Sue ‘Em All music campaign, which did nothing more than to alert the internet at large about the opportunities offered by file sharing.
Now it’s “concerned that .music, for example”, might “encourage copyright infringement”, says domainincite.com.
The Big 4 legal extortion unit wants ICANN to “ensure best practices are developed” to prevent musical TLDs being used to enable music piracy’, says the article, quoting Sheckler’s letter as bleating >>>
We are concerned that a music themed gTLD will be used to enable wide scale copyright and trademark infringement.
We would like to work with ICANN and others to ensure that best practices are developed and used to ensure this type of malicious behavior does not occur.
We strongly urge you to take these concerns seriously … we prefer a practical solution to these issues, and hope to avoid the need to escalate the issue further.
“Please contact us if you have an comments or questions, or would like to meet to discuss the best practices to avoid malicious behavior”, Sheckler adds.
She has the traditional RIAA tone dead on — pretentious, over-bearing, patronising.
Meaningful content? Nada.
One of the RIAA’s objections to the current Applicant Guidebook for new TLDs is the “community objection” procedure, domainincite.com says.
Apparently, the RIAA “doesn’t think gives it a good enough chance of blocking a .music TLD application”, says the post, going on:
I wonder if the RIAA is planning its own .music bid.
There is already one very public .music initiative, championed for the last couple of years by Constantine Roussos, an active and vocal ICANN community member.
But the string is valuable, is likely to be contested, and there’s a not insignificant chance that Roussos will be beaten to it by an applicant with deeper pockets.
Regardless, the RIAA’s argument that .music equals piracy is pretty poor, possibly disingenuous, and unlikely to influence the Guidebook.
“ICANN constantly walks the tightrope between technical coordination and content regulation”, says the story, adding, “getting into the business of fighting piracy is not going to make it onto the agenda any time soon.”
Did she dream this up all by herself? Or was she helped by Bainwol and his main man, Cary ‘Tough Love’ Sherman, , one wonders
domainincite.com – RIAA threatens ICANN over new TLDs, January 18, 2011
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