I'd like to adress something very important for everyone who cares about art and the internet. A lot of help is needed. Please read this and help if you can; it won't take long but it can make a big difference. I'll soon explain what you can do, first I'll explain why your help is needed.
What's the issue?
The .art top level domain will soon be made available. A corporation will be assigned to manage it. That means that, besides .com, .org, .nl, .tv etc. people will also be able to make websites as www.websitename.art. This would mean a great opportunity for artists and art supporters alike to create art portfolios, websites that help artists in some way, etc.
This can bring great improvements to the art world, if managed well.
That is where the potential trouble starts
About a dozen companies have applied to manage .art. However, most of them are large companies hoping to make big profit. Most of these companies have nothing to do with art in the first place!
That is why deviantART has applied
. They want to protect .art and ensure it is used for real, art related purposes only.
Why is this important?
With .art in the hands of dadotart (dA's company through which they're trying to get this tld), the internet would be a better place for the arts. Websites with .art would be cheap and easily available for anyone who is genuine about art and who wants to use this website for art related purposes. And anyone you give your url to, would be assured of real quality content. This would mean a revolution of the online art world, quite honestly.
If it ends up in the hands of those purely after profit, well - expect it to become another meaningless name like .com and .net. The name of ART thrown to shame, really.
How do I help?
explains it all!
If you can leave a comment on there and/ share it with your watchers that would be great. And what will especially help a lot
is to leave a comment to ICANN directly in your support of dadotart and deviantART. To do that, click here!
Thanks so much for reading.
As a community member of dA and a supporter of the arts and the internet, this means a lot to me as this truly could make a difference to how the future of the art world looks.