ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has announced the names of 8 companies who paid $185,000 each to compete to be the central registry for the new .music domain name. In total, 1,930 applicants are hoping to control hundreds of new top level domains including .radio and .tickets. .music applicants include:
- DotMusic Inc.
- Dot Music / CCGR E-Commerce LTD - founded by Constantine Roussos, who began lobbying to establish the .music top level domain in 2005 and has the edge with the support of TuneCore, LyricFind, CD Baby, ReverbNation, The Orchard, INgrooves Fontana and others in the industry.
- dotMusic Limited
- Victor Cross
- Charleston Rd Registry / Google
- .music LLC / FarFurther - supported by the RIAA, The National Music Publishers Association, A2IM, Impala and The Recording Academy.
- Entertainment Names Inc
Who controls .music is could prove important as the internet expands and domain names become more scarce. They could, for example, refuse a .music registration based it's opinion of the legitimacy of the applicant and their role in copyright infringement.
Who would you choose to control .music?