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TMCNet:  Amazon tops web endings complaints list

[November 22, 2012]

Amazon tops web endings complaints list

(City A.M. (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) INTERNET retailer Amazon has received more complaints than any other party over applications for a new range of web address endings.

The US company has applied to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) for dozens of web suffixes, such as .app and .book.

But as a list of complaints from a 50-strong panel of countries published yesterday displayed, 30 of Amazon's applications were objected to.

Other objections were over spread betting firm IG Group's user of .broker and L'Oreal's use of .beauty.

Australia was the biggest complainant over the domain endings, with 129 objections. The Australian authorities argued that Amazon "is proposing to exclude any other entities, including potential competitors".

In June, a list of 1,930 applications for the new website domains was published, revealing strong demand from the likes of Amazon and Google.

Each application costs a company $185,000 (£116,000), with no guarantee they will be picked in cases of competition for the domain endings.

The objections are now set to be reviewed by ICANN, with the first domains set to go live next year.

(c) 2012 City A.M.

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