Screen Actors Guild Opposes ICANN’s Top-Level Domain Expansion Program

Screen Actors Guild Opposes ICANN’s Top-Level Domain Expansion Program

Los Angeles (Nov. 14, 2011) — Screen Actors Guild today joined hundreds of concerned businesses, brand owners, associations and not-for-profit organizations in expressing deep concern over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) proposed expansion of its generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) program.

In a letter to Commerce Secretary John Bryson, Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director David P. White cited the Guild’s concerns over ICANN’s rush to implement its costly and untested program in spite of its flawed justifications and without due consideration of the potential impact on businesses and consumers.

As the owner of a valuable brand, and on behalf of thousands of Screen Actors Guild members who are routinely employed by brand-holders and their representatives in the production of advertising, the Guild has serious concerns regarding the expansion of the gTLD program. White urged Secretary Bryson to persuade ICANN to postpone implementation of its proposed TLD program changes.

Download a PDF of White's letter here.

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Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 Branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, corporate/educational, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.

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Contact: Pamela Greenwalt
Communications Executive Director
Screen Actors Guild
(323) 549-6872
pgreenwalt@sag.org