Application Comment Details


Cyrus Habib

WA State Legislature

DotMusic Limited



Community Evaluation Panel

Opposition to .MUSIC Comm. App.

12 August 2015 at 21:08:24 UTC

As an individual who has studied, played and loved music almost all

my life, 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


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 DotMusic 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, I ask that my opposition is taken into account

when evaluating this application.

Senator Cyrus Habib, WA State