Amazon faces backlash over plans for new web domain names

At least two different publishing industry groups – the Author's Guild and the Association of American Publishers – have objected to Amazon's latest efforts to acquire top-level generic names for future Web domains, according to new reports.

The online retailer is pushing to purchase multiple domain names like ".book", ".read" and "author" for a planned expansion of its web addresses.

In a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit that oversees Internet domain names, Authors Guild president Scott Turow argued that placing generic domains in private hands has unlimited potential for abuse and encourages monopoly. Rival Barnes & Noble has also opposed the request by filing an objection with ICANN, arguing that Amazon's move would stifle competition essential to the bookselling and publishing industries.

Details on ICANN's website shows Amazon also seeking dozens of other domain names including ".movie," ".app," and ".wow". The online retailer has declined to comment on the issue so far.

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