Great article from ArsTechnica on eMusic, the DRM-free alternative that has grown into the second-largest online music seller behind Apple iTunes.
Archive for May 22nd, 2006
My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, BBC version, homepage version) looks at the recent ICANN decision to reject the creation of a new dot-xxx domain name extension. The year-long debate over whether to approve the adult-oriented domain may have long-term implications for Internet governance since it sparked enormous controversy and provided ample evidence of U.S. government intervention into ICANN matters.
With millions of dollars at stake, the Internet community has relied on ICANN to establish a transparent system for creating new domain name extensions. The resulting process has left many observers unhappy. They argue that it is too expensive (application costs alone are now estimated at US$250,000), too cumbersome (creation of the domain name extension may require months of negotiation after preliminary approval is granted), and too subjective (rather than establishing objective criteria, the decisions are fraught with subjective policy choices).
The prospect of a dot-xxx domain name extension created an immediate firestorm in the United States.
Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 22, 2006 as Domain Names Shouldn’t Be Only a U.S. Domain Appeared on the BBC on May 22, 2006 as the Rights and Wrongs of .xxx Earlier this month, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the U.S.-based non-profit corporation that […]