What is in a Name? – The RIAA Thinks Domain Names Can Encourage Piracy

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I always say that the RIAA should stop surprising me, one of these days I am actually going to learn to stop saying that.  I don’t think it is going to happen in this lifetime.  They surpass even the government at being ridiculous.

This time, it is a letter to ICANN.  The RIAA and others, believe that the draft application guidebook (DAG) regarding generic top-level domains (gTLD) needs a few changes.  So the RIAA wants to be involved with law enforcement, government and now domains?  They must have the best KoolAid in their board rooms.

I caught this at SlashDot and followed it back to ArsTechnica.  I read the complaint letter from a “coalition of 15 national and international trade association that represents songwriters, recording artists, music publishers, record labels, and performing rights societies around the world.”  In fact, so many of these rhetoric spewing organizations signed this letter, it is referenced as “Appendix A”.

This is not uncommon for an RIAA letter.  It think the goal is to have so many letters in the acronyms that you can rearrange them into the an alphanumeric keyboard.  Then they are going to sue typist for stealing all their trade marks.  I know it sounds crazy but, remember, no more surprises, that, and you heard it here first.

What are they so upset about?  In a nutshell, they are afraid that music themed domains could be used for piracy.

“…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.”

According to the RIAA, what doesn’t contribute to piracy in this day and age?  I am surprised they haven’t gone after headphone and earbud companies…

Sticking true to form, they want to be involved in keeping gTLD safe from the pirates

“We would like to work with ICANN and others to ensure that best practices are developed and used to ensure this type of malicious behaviour does not occur.”

Wow, Internet police and now domain cops as well.  Maybe they should all stop dealing with artists and get jobs in law enforcement?  No wait, that is a really bad idea… everybody would be guilty and, all too likely, they would shoot first and question later.

However, they sure seem to like to police everyone… unless it involves actually paying royalties to the artists… they missed that somehow.

And, like many RIAA letters, it ends with a threat:

“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.”

Wow.  I have a simple solution.  Take the money you guys spend on litigation and just start buying up all the domains you are so afraid of… Podsafe music anyone?

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