Movie, Music Industries Seek Assistance from ICANN

Last month, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued a carefully worded statement urging ICANN -- the overseer of much of the Internet’s fundamental naming and numbering infrastructure -- to take more vigorous action against  the “use of domain names for illegal and abusive activities, including those related to IP infringement” (i.e., motion picture piracy).  And just a few days ago, the recording industry joined in; a letter from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)  to ICANN, while expressing the industry’s “disappointment with... ICANN’s treatment of copyright abuse complaints filed to date,” similarly urged ICANN to move more vigorously to ensure that domain name registries and registrars “investigate copyright abuse complaints and respond appropriately.”