Thursday 14 June 2012, 10:52 | By

Eight groups bid to own .music domain

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ICANN

Eight groups have applied to take ownership of the planned new .music top level domain.

The body that oversees these things, ICANN, announced plans to launch a raft of new non-country-specific top level domains last year, including a number of relevance o the music and entertainment industries, and since then various organisations have been submitting bids to take ownership of the new domain endings. Google and Amazon are among those bidding for .music. Five other groups are reportedly going for the .tickets domain.

Another organisation bidding for .music is called .MUSIC, and has been lobbying for such a domain to be introduced since 2005. With support from a number of independent digital music firms, the .MUSIC organisation says that it would ensure .music domains were distributed in a fair and transparent way.

The group’s founder Constantine Roussos told CMU: “.MUSIC’s priority is to make the .music domain widely available to the global music community while balancing the needs for inclusiveness and security. We’re committed to running a neutral, transparent community-based [top level domain] that serves all music stakeholders, prevents abuses and gives music entities a validated industry standard that internet users can trust. The .MUSIC [top level domain] will provide a safe haven for legal music consumption and ensure monies flow to the music community – not to pirates or unlicensed websites”.

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