Amazon Facing Battle for Web Domain Names Like ‘.Book’
Last year, ICANN, the group that oversees domain names for the world, set up a new process to allow companies to apply for the rights to serve as registries for suffixes. Amazon and a whole raft of other companies including Google, Apple and Microsoft, all applied for things like “.app”, “.buy” and suchlike, often submitting applications for the same names.
Now Amazon’s facing opposition from two industry groups, the Association of American Publishers and The Authors Guild, who are of the opinion that giving the online giant control of domain names like ‘.read’, ‘.book’ or ‘.author’ would hurt competition.
"Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anti-competitive," wrote Scott Turow, Authors Guild president, to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, the nonprofit that oversees the world's Internet domain names. "The potential for abuse seems limitless."
And of course, the competition is also objecting, with Barnes and Noble lodging a complaint, arguing Amazon would use their control to “to stifle competition in the bookselling and publishing industries, which are critical to the future of copyrighted expression in the U.S."
Some of these seem obvious, like ‘.kindle’ and ‘.prime’, but ‘.wow’? Really? I guess I have to ask: where do we stop? I don’t think I want a domain called ‘.fetzer’, but maybe that wouldn’t be a bad idea.
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