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Amazon is close to winning a 7-year battle with South American countries for the '.amazon' domain

Amazon is close to winning a 7-year battle with South American countries for the '.amazon' domain
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Amazon has been locked in a seven-year battle with eight South American countries over its right to use the ".amazon" domain name.




These countries, united as the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation, argued that Amazon should not have the rights to this name as it is also an important geographic region in their continent.




The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers sided with Amazon last week over its new terms proposed in April. Its final decision is pending a 30-day public comment period.




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Amazon's near decade-long battle with a group of Latin American countries could be coming to a close.
Last week, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) sided with Amazon in its quest to win the rights to the ".amazon" domain name. The group's final decision is pending a 30 day public comment period. The Financial Times was first to report the news.
It brings to head a seven-year battle, in which Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela — united as the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation (ACTO) – argued that the retail giant should not have the rights to ".amazon" as it is an important geographic region in Latin America.
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