.MUSIC Registration

.MUSIC Registration

.MUSIC Eligibility Criteria

Registrants must have a nexus with the global music community as either a musician, band, or music industry professional. For more details please see: https://www.registry.music/faq and https://www.registry.music/policies/registrant-eligibility-policy

Registrant Identity Verification. After a .MUSIC domain name is registered, you will receive an email with a link to a verification form. Once you've filled this form out, EnCirca will submit registrant information to the .MUSIC Registry's Identity Verification Portal. Verification may take up to 90 days to complete.

Registry Server Hold Status Until Verification Completes. .MUSIC domain names will be placed under a Registry Server Hold until identity verification is completed.

Policies:



Standard Trademark Launch Period

Until April 30, 2024

  • $55.50 registration fee
  • $150 refundable application fee
  • Some domains may be premium or reserved
  • First come, first serve registration
  • Refund requests must be made by the registrar no later than 7 days past the end of the STP Allocation Period
  • The Standard Trademark Program or STP allows for corporations, entities and individuals with registered trademarks to apply for .MUSIC domain names that have a direct connection to a word mark or a design mark where the word is the dominant element of the mark. The trademark or brand does NOT have to be associated with the music community or industry, though other applicants through the STP and through similar programs running in parallel with strong music nexus to the domain string may receive allocation preference.

Standard Trademark Period

May 1 - May 24, 2024

  • $55.50 registration fee
  • $300 non-refundable application fee
  • Some domains may be premium or reserved
  • First come, first serve registration
  • The Standard Trademark Program or STP allows for corporations, entities and individuals with registered trademarks to apply for .MUSIC domain names that have a direct connection to a word mark or a design mark where the word is the dominant element of the mark. The trademark or brand does NOT have to be associated with the music community or industry, though other applicants through the STP and through similar programs running in parallel with strong music nexus to the domain string may receive allocation preference.

Community Period

Now - May 24, 2024

  • $TBA
  • Some domains may be premium or reserved
  • First come, first serve registration
  • The six-month Community Phase is for members of a Music Community Member Organization to submit an application for a domain string if they have a nexus. The eligibility requirement is that the applicant be a member of an MCMO and they have a nexus to the string they are submitting. Review, contention, documentation, allocation and more information is in the Community Phase FAQs.
  • The registry is working directly with Music Organizations. These MCMOs will be contacting their members with the information on how and where to submit their Community application.
  • Restricted to members of the Music Community Member Organization (MCMO). Registrants must:
    • This phase is an 'Expression of Interest' process directly with the dotMUSIC platform and registrars do not submit these. More details on the submission platform will be forthcoming.
    • Respond to requests for supporting music documentation (Music Score Determinants according to the Registrant Eligibility Policy) to Registry Operator’s Identification Verification Service Provider (IVSP) to process and analyze the registrant’s music industry credentials and is able to demonstrate a substantial nexus attached to the applied for string (Music Score)
    • This is an application process, which means multiple registrants may submit the same domain name. The Registry will allocate the domain name after verification.
    • Registrant and domain name comply with Registry Operator’s Registrant Eligibility.

Community Pre-Registration

TBD

  • $TBA
  • First come, first serve registration
  • Some domains may be premium or reserved
  • If an applicant is awarded their nexus connected domain name string from the phase above, they will receive a .MUSIC registration token that they can use to register their domain name, and finally complete their verification.

General Availability

June 25, 2024

  • $55.50 registration and renewal for regular domains
  • First come, first serve registration
  • Some domains may be premium or reserved

 

Why .MUSIC

.MUSIC provides global music community members with a global music industry standard for their music identity and their official website address: i.e. www.yourname.music

Anyone in the global music community can register their unique .MUSIC domain, including artists, creators, bands, groups, industry professionals, music companies and organizations.

.MUSIC differentiates itself from generic domain names, such as .COM, by providing the world's first domain name extension dedicated to music, with enhanced community-tailored policies that ensure that music artists, bands, industry professionals and organizations are able to register a trusted, secure and verified .MUSIC domain branded under their unique identity. All registrants will be verified and be given a blue checkmark verification badge, usually reserved for celebrities on popular social media websites, to ensure authenticity, authoritativeness and trustworthiness while at the same time to eliminate bad actors, such as impersonators or cybersquatters.

The .MUSIC initiative is supported by thousands of music-related entities and the most prominent and recognized organizations with members representing over 95% of music consumed globally. These include international bodies, associations and federations representing the global music community, which include the major labels, the major publishers, music collection societies, digital distributors and many other music communities (See Supporters).

The .MUSIC Mission and Purpose is to benefit the global music community by:

  • Creating a trusted, safe online haven for music consumption and licensing
  • Establishing a safe home on the Internet for Music Community members
  • Protecting intellectual property and fighting piracy
  • Supporting musiciansʹ welfare, rights and fair compensation
  • Promoting music and the arts, cultural diversity and music education
  • Following a multi-stakeholder approach of fair representation of all types of global music constituents, without discrimination, including both commercial and non-commercial entities

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  • What registration terms are allowed for domains?You can register your domain name with EnCirca for anytime from 1-10 years.
  • How long does it take to register my domain?Most domain names registered with EnCirca will appear in your account instantly.
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Handshake Domain FAQ

  • How do I buy a Handshake domain name?Buying a domain is easy! Just type in your desired Handshake domain name in the search box above to check availability. If your desired domain name is available, you can add the Handshake domain name to your shopping cart and check out.
  • How can I see my Handshake domain name?Handshake domains do not resolve on regular DNS sites. For example, in order to see encirca.txt, you must add it with a trailing slash and a DNS resolver.
  • How can I access my Handshake domain names since they don’t resolve on traditional DNS?

    There are many internet browsers that support Handshake domains such as Opera and various Chrome plugins.

    Please visit our Handshake helpdesk article for more options on how to view your Handshake domains

    NextDNS is one of the most popular methods for accessing Handshake domain names. Install NextDNS. You can click “try it now” on nextdns.io to connect your device and resolve Handshake domains. Scroll to the Setup Guide at NextDNS to select the option for your device, confirm with the green button at the top of the page, and then go to the “settings” tab to “resolve Handshake domains.”

    Install the Resolvr add-on to view Handshake names directly in the search bar of your Firefox browser.

    Try searching your site with the HNS.to gateway, which allows you to access Handshake names without downloading software or modifying your DNS settings. You may also conduct searches directly by prefixing Handshake domains with “hns.to/,” such as “hns.to/welcome.nb/.”

  • How long does it take to register my Handshake domain?You can register your Handshake domain name with EnCirca for anytime from 1-10 years. Most domain names registered with EnCirca will appear in your account instantly. If there is an issue, our support team will email you.
  • How do I use web hosting for my Handshake domain website?EnCirca has many templates that allow you to quickly start your very own website for personal use or for business. Once you purchase your domain name, you need web hosting. Visit our hosting page to view EnCirca’s web hosting options and follow our steps to get started. Please be aware that some handshake domains (such as ones containing emojis or beginning numbers) may not resolve even with our DNS.
  • How do I use my Handshake domain name for email?Unfortunately, Handshake domains can’t use traditional email.

Blockchain FAQs

  • How will I be able to view a blockchain website?
    You will need to use a mirroring service, a browser extension or a browser that supports blockchain domains. Brave is one that supports blockchain domains natively.
  • Will I be able to search for and find blockchain domain websites on Google or other search engines?Major search engines do not currently index blockchain domain websites. For now, you will be able to search for them at unstoppabledomains.com, on partner applications that integrate our search bar, or on blockchain apps that index blockchain domain websites.
  • Are blockchain domains part of ICANN / traditional DNS?No. Blockchain domains are what’s called alternate roots. They are not part of the current DNS.
  • Will there be some sort of ‘whois’ record with my personal information associated to my domain?Not by default. Sharing ‘whois’ information is opt in i.e. something that you can choose to do if you want. Otherwise, your identity will not be publicly known.
  • How do trademarks work with blockchain domains?Trademark holders with proof of ownership can apply to claim ownership of trademarked names. If a trademark name has already been sold, then it will be refunded. Note – this process ends once domains have been distributed. Unstoppable Domains does not have the ability to move a domain once distribution has occurred.
  • How do payments work with my blockchain domain?Add your bitcoin, Ethereum, and Zilliqa addresses to your .zil or .crypto domain inside of the ‘my domains’ section at unstoppabledomains.com. When someone types yourname.zil into a supporting wallet, the wallet looks up that domain on the blockchain, finds the appropriate address, and sends to the address associated with that name.
  • Will I be able to transfer my domain?Yes. The domain is stored in EnCirca’s cryptocurrency wallet and can be transferred to you. Contact support@encirca.com for transfer information.
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