Amazon’s Quest for Web Names Draws Foes

Published on March 11, 2013
by Greg Bensinger

Large and small companies are vying for control of an array of new Internet domain names, but Inc.’s plans are coming under particular scrutiny.

Two publishing industry groups, the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, are objecting to the online retailer’s request for ownership of new top-level domain names that are part of a long-awaited expansion of the Web’s addressing scheme. They argue that giving Amazon control over such addresses — which include “.book,” “.author” and “.read” — would be a threat to competition and shouldn’t be allowed.

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