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Amazon Is in a Fight With South American Countries Over The .Amazon Domain Name

In 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — the non-profit that manages and organizes domain names– expanded the number of top-level domains(think .com, .edu). Since then Amazon has wanted exclusive rights to the .amazon domain name. Since the decision eight years ago, Amazon’s been engaged in a fight with Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela — whom all work together as the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO). Amazon basically only wants the countries to only be able to use the domain with a country code, according to Fast Company . The  countries are pushing back because the actual Amazon makes up an integral part of their geographic region. Last week, ICANN decided to give in to Amazon’s request pending a 30-day period of public comment. However, none of the South American countries involved in the fight seem like they’re about to back down. Jeff Bezos and Amazon actually offered to buy the domain name...

Vanessa Taylor

May 28, 2019