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WA State Legislature
Community Evaluation Panel
Opposition to .MUSIC Comm. App.
Comment Submission Date: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
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