Publishers and Authors Wary of Amazon’s Bid for Domain Names

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“Amazon’s effort to control dozens of new generic top-level Internet domain names is drawing fire from a pair of publishing industry groups.

The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers oppose the Internet retail giant’s plan to control so-called generic top-level domains (gTLD) that end in suffixes .book, .author, and .read, arguing that such influence would be anti-competitive.

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In addition to .amazon and .kindle, Amazon has also applied for .free, .like, .game, and .shop. In all, Amazon has applied for control of 76 gTLDs, but 30 of them are contested and might not end up in its control. Google, which has applied for 101 gTLDs, seeks 23 of the same address strings as Amazon.”