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Sony seeks musician domain names for life By Beth Lipton Staff Writer, CNET September 15, 1999, 1:40 p.m. PT

A controversial provision in Sony Music contracts is effectively asking artists to sign away control of their official Web sites for life.

Sony Music has added language to its standard contracts that gives the company ownership over an artist's name--as well as any variation of it--for use as a domain name. Moreover, the clause is written as a lifetime provision that wouldd apply even if the artist and Sony part ways.

"Sony and its licensees shall have the exclusive right, throughout the world, and shall have the exclusive right to authorize other persons, to create, maintain, and host any and all Web sites relating to the artist and to register and use the name '[artist name].com' and any variations thereof which embody the artist's name as Uniform Resource Locators (or 'URLs'), addresses, or domain names for each Web site created by Sony in respect of the artist," according to a copy of a Sony Music contract obtained by CNET

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