“Amazon’s effort to control dozens of new generic top-level Internet domain names is drawing fire from a pair of publishing industry groups.
The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers oppose the Internet retail giant’s plan to control so-called generic top-level domains (gTLD) that end in suffixes .book, .author, and .read, arguing that such influence would be anti-competitive. “Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive, allowing already dominant, well-capitalized companies to expand and entrench their market power,” Authors Guild President Scott Turow wrote to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, the nonprofit that oversees the world’s Internet domain names. “The potential for abuse seems limitless.”
via CNET News
Here’s his blog post on the library domain incident.
He says, “[L]ibrary officials should use the experience to inform the public about domain names – how to get them, their cost and re-registration – and the people who might poach them. They now have firsthand knowledge.”
Good point. Librarians are great teachers.
Lauren O. Kidd – “Type www.oceancountylibrary.org into your Web browser, and you no longer will be directed to the Web site for the Ocean County Library. That domain name â€” owned by the library system since 2000 â€” has been purchased by someone else. The library’s administration has been trying to reclaim the familiar name of its Web site since it discovered the problem earlier this month.”
My uncle is an opinion writer for the APP and I hope he has something to say about this. Boy did this library drop the ball on one of the most important communication devices with users. Not to mention the bad PR.
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