Music.us will be launching the .music generic top-level domain (gTLD) name extension for the music community on the web. The community-based bid, led by Constantine George Roussos of Cyprus, will be given for approval to ICANN, the governing body that oversees the Internet. The Music.us initiative for .MUSIC will be a restricted, community-based top-level domain, involving music stakeholders from across the world, irrespective of size or financial strength, taking a “bottom-up” approach.
Music.us has been developing the .MUSIC next generation ecosystem platform since 2005, and has been lobbying ICANN for the release of the extension, including sponsoring the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers.
The .MUSIC community-based top-level domain initiative is composed of musicians, bands, artists, producers, engineers, managers, record labels, publishers, promoters, performance rights organizations, government music export offices & arts councils, industry associations, non-profit organizations, music societies, broadcasters, DJs, podcasters, studios, retailers, music conferences & expos, digital aggregators, digital stores, instrument & music software manufacturers, distributors, educational universities & institutions, music educators, researchers, music consultants, researchers, music lawyers, journalists, writers, music community websites and other music industry professionals.
By taking into consideration feedback from different constituents from the global music industry and employing the “bottom-up” approach, the .MUSIC initiative will ensure that all music stakeholders have a voice in the development and launch process of the .music top-level domain extension.
The .MUSIC governance structure will encompass a multi-stakeholder, rotating board, with fair and equal representation of different interests within the music industry, non-commercial constituents and .MUSIC registrants. Members of the governance board will be appointed by a nominating committee, which invites Statements of Interest and candidate recommendations from the Music and Internet community for key leadership positions to fulfill .MUSIC's technical and policy co-ordination role.
The .MUSIC backend registry exceeds all applicable ICANN technical standards and requirements. The .MUSIC Domain Name System (DNS) is massively provisioned and utilizes a highly sophisticated DNS architecture. Stability, security and reliability is of utmost significance to the music industry and .MUSIC will ensure that intellectual property rights and data is protected.
.MUSIC will contribute proceeds from its domain name registrations to select not-for-profit organizations that support its mission, core values and 5 initiatives to fight piracy, support music education and musician's welfare, promote cultural diversity and foster innovation in both the music and Internet space.
.MUSIC is a proud member of A2IM and NARM. The company has presence in the European Union (Cyprus LTD) and the United States (California LLC). It is privately financed, is headquarted in Lemesos, Cyprus and has offices in Los Angeles, CA. Lommen Abdo is the legal counsel firm representing .MUSIC.
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