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Amazon’s domain landgrab is slammed by authors and publishers

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Mon Mar 11 2013, 16:47
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BOOKSELLER AMAZON must have red hot ears at the moment, as the big chiefs at the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) have written a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in which they ask it to slap the bookseller's proprietary hands away from major publishing domains.

Amazon has already been pulled up short about the top level domains (TLDs) it requested for $185,000 each in application fees, in an early warning notice from November last year. Then the bookseller had Brazil and Peru opposing it. Now it has what looks to be most of the publishing world against it.

First it was Barnes & Noble, which can't bear to imagine a future when Amazon owns domains .book, .read, and .author.

"Amazon would use the control of these TLDs to stifle competition in the bookselling and publishing industries, which are critical to the future of copyrighted expression in the United States," said the bookstore company in February.

"Amazon's ownership would also threaten the openness and freedom of the internet and would have harmful consequences for internet users worldwide."

Now it's the double whammy of the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers (AAP). These groups don't think that Amazon should be entitled to own domains that include .book.

"From inception, the introduction of new gTLDs has been promoted as a means to increase competition, add consumer choice, support internet freedom, expand market differentiation and diversify service providers," said Allan Adler, general counsel and VP of Government Affairs for the AAP.

"How would handing over ownership of a domain string to any one single private company, such as a retailer, for its own business goals support that public service mission?"

Don't ask us, all we've heard about the domain name shakedown is it was buggy and made ICANN a lot of cash. µ


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