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Brazil and Peru Dispute .Amazon TLD 163

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judgecorp writes "Amazon.com could lose the .amazon domain, as Brazil and Peru have disputed the retailer's application to ICANN, backed by other South American governments, who want to protect use of that domain for 'purposes of public interest related to the protection, promotion, and awareness raising on issues related to the Amazon biome.'"
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Brazil and Peru Dispute .Amazon TLD

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  • by concealment (2447304) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @01:52PM (#42057555) Homepage Journal

    Back in the day, there was some concern over the fact that domain names are universal. Someone wanting Amazon in the US for example has different rights than someone wanting Amazon in Brazil. Many people suggested that we go to location-based domains.

    Amazon has mostly followed this model. You order from Amazon.de if you're in Switzerland, or Amazon.co.uk if you like toast with your Earl Grey.

    Maybe this approach should be re-revisited for domain names in general. Is it fair that one person gets amazon.com, even though there is a region, at least one bookstore [salon.com], and a tribe of warrior women vying for the name?

  • by richardoz (529837) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @02:01PM (#42057679) Homepage
    It's just another way to further entrench branding to the point that the Internet will be "owned" (in a marketing way) by 4 or 5 companies.
  • Re:Good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by EvanED (569694) <evaned.gmail@com> on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @02:59PM (#42058487)

    The blame for this is on certain browser developers (*cough* MS *cough*). There is no technical reason why "amazon" couldn't be a host, but IE stupidly assumes that when you enter a single word, you want to search for it.

    Psst... don't look now, but Firefox, Chrome, and Opera all do the same thing. But don't that stop you from following in the /. tradition and singling out MS.

  • Re:Good (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @04:01PM (#42059263)

    Psst... don't look now, but Firefox, Chrome, and Opera all do the same thing. But don't that stop you from following in the /. tradition and singling out MS.

    Psst...don't look now, but Firefox at least follows the standards and does not search if the single word actually resolves to a host name. But don't let that stop you from not understanding how computers really work.

    I just typed "www" in the address bar of FF 13 and it correctly brought up my company's main webpage. Why? Because the resolver on my PC is set to automatically search our own domain when looking up a hostname. FF only goes to web search if the resolver fails to return an IP address.

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