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US: Amazon pushing limits of antitrust law with web address controversy

 |  March 13, 2013

Amazon may face a new wave of litigation battles if the company is allowed to proceed with plans to buy the rights to Web address suffixes such as .author and .book, say reports. Publishers are apparently concerned that selling book-related suffixes will lead to market abuses as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers looks to sell their control. While he has not threatened a legal challenge, lawyer and president of the Authors Guild Scott Turow wrote to the ICANN arguing that selling control of generic address suffices is “plainly anticompetitive, allowing already dominant, well-capitalized companies to expand and entrench their market power.”


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