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Brazil and Peru fight Amazon.com over .amazon top-level domain

Online retailer Amazon is facing opposition from Brazil and Peru over its claim for the .amazon global top-level domain name (gTLD).

The two countries have lodged objections with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is managing the expansion of the domain name system, over the website’s claim.

Brazil and Peru say they want to use the domain for environmental protection, the promotion of indigenous rights and other matters of public interest, and have called for Amazon’s application to be withdrawn.

Similarly, Argentinia has protested over outdoor clothing brand Patagonia’s attempt to register .patagonia. Neither Amazon nor Patagonia have commented on the dispute at the time of writing.

Disputed domain names are expected to be put on hold for the time being, and discussed again at a meeting in July 2013. Those which haven’t been disputed are likely to be active on the web before the end of 2013.

Source: Wired