Amazon.com wants to have control of a dozens of new generic top-level Internet domain names. The generic top-level domains (gTLD) would end with the suffixes .book, .read, and .author. Critics at The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers say that this level of influence could be anti-competitive according to the Wall Street Journal.
“Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive, allowing already dominant, well-capitalized companies to expand and entrench their market power,” stated The Authors Guild President Scott Turrow in a message to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). ICANN is a nonprofit that decides what types of domain names are used in the world. “The potential for abuse seems limitless,” added Turrow.
Amazon.com rival Barnes & Noble objected to the idea of the online giant maintaining control of the gTLDs also. Barnes & Noble said that if Amazon.com controlled the gTLDs for .book, .read, and .author, it would “stifle competition in the bookselling and publishing industries, which are critical to the future of copyrighted expression in the U.S.”
Aside from .book, .author, and .read, Amazon.com has also applied for the gTLDs .amazon, .kindle, .free. like, .game, and .shop. The company applied for 76 total gTLDs, but 30 of them are being contested right now.