Application Comment Details


Neil Anderson


DotMusic Limited



Community Evaluation Panel

.MUSIC Community App. No. 1-1115-14110

12 August 2015 at 06:05:52 UTC

As an individua committed to music, I have

considered the community application submitted by the DotMusic Limited

for the .MUSIC top-level domain, Application ID No. 1-1115-14110.

I submit this letter in opposition to that community application.

DotMusic Limited claims in its application to represent the interests

of the entire global community, but surely it cannot. I

certainly have not granted them permission to act on my behalf

regarding the operation of a .MUSIC top-level domain. I also do

not consider this applicant to represent the broader interests of a

“music community,” if such a thing even exists.

Contrary to the claims made by DotMusic Limited to garner support,

I understand that all applicants for .MUSIC will be required to

protect and enforce the interests of internet users of domain names in

the .MUSIC top-level domain through the implementation of mandated

safeguards in its public interest commitments. Accordingly, I

consider it more important that the ultimate operator of a .MUSIC

domain have a strong background and considerable experience in

operating a domain name registry and employing and enforcing

safeguards for the protection of its end-users.

Music by its very nature touches every human being on earth. What may

be considered a legitimate musical interest by one person/entity may

not be in alignment with the legitimate interests of another – and no

one entity should be permitted to hold itself out as the arbiter of

all musical interests. As described in the DotMuisc application, it

plans to utilize a landrush phase that will be limited to only those

entities that have signed up, and perhaps paid a fee, to be considered

“member” of DotMusic’s self-operated Music Community Member


I am concerned that, by claiming to act on behalf of some sort of

defined music “community,” DotMusic may be able to unfairly prevent

access to domain names by those with legitimate musical interests who

may not otherwise satisfy the criteria that a single registry

unilaterally creates in what it deems to be the needs of a music


These restrictions on expression are, in my view, contrary to

what music is all about, and would be a disservice to creators and

consumers of music worldwide.

For these reasons, we ask that our opposition is taken into account

when evaluating this application.