Friday, 7 December 2012
Australia objects to Amazon’s application for .book

Australia has lodged a complaint against Amazon EU’s application for the .book internet domain, which is says restricts other entities from using the same domain and could have a ‘negative impact on competition’.

As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released information about applications for new generic top-level domains (TLD) in June, which showed that nine companies had applied to administer the .book domain, including Amazon, Google and R R Bowker (the administrator of the US ISBN Agency and parent company of Thorpe-Bowker).

The applications for the new domains are currently under evaluation, and ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has assembled working groups to allow governments to raise any issues with the applications.

The Australian working group, which includes two representatives from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, said in its objection to the application that Amazon EU is ‘proposing to exclude any other entities, including potential competitors, from using the TLD’. ‘Restricting common generic strings for the exclusive use of a single entity could have unintended consequences, including a negative impact on competition,’ the working group argued.

The Australian working group did not lodge any objections against the eight other applications for the .book domain.