Amazon's applications for book industry top-level domains opposed

Publishing industry groups oppose Amazon.com's application for the ".book" domain among others

By , IDG News Service |  Internet

The ".book" domain is likely to be sought by a variety of categories of users in different countries, Allan Robert Adler, AAP's general counsel and vice president for government affairs wrote in a comment to ICANN. The ".book" domains may also surface in connection with "secondary or idiomatic" uses of the word "book," such as to reference financial accounts, records of achievements or wagers, or as a verb referring to vacation and travel arrangements, Adler wrote.

In its application for the ".book" gTLD, Amazon wrote that ".BOOK will be a single entity registry, with all domains registered to Amazon for use in pursuit of Amazon's business goals." There will be no resellers and market in ".book" domains, and Amazon will strictly control the use of ".book" domains, it added.

AAP's Adler said it is clear that Amazon is seeking exclusive control of the ".book" string solely for its own business purposes, regardless of other companies, organizations and individuals that "have diverse interests in the use of this gTLD or its second-level domains by others or themselves."

Amazon.com could not be immediately reached for comment.

John Ribeiro covers outsourcing and general technology breaking news from India for The IDG News Service. Follow John on Twitter at @Johnribeiro. John's e-mail address is john_ribeiro@idg.com

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