FILE PHOTO: Staff chat at the reception of the Amazon office in the borough of Manhattan of New York, New York, USA, May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Photo File
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, is close to winning a seven-year battle with eight Latin American countries over the .amazon internet domain.
Amazon Inc. is looking rights on the domain name since 2012. But the Amazon countries, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname have argued that it refers to the geographical region and should not be the monopoly of one company.
The global Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which oversees internet addresses said Monday that it had decided to proceed with the designation requested by Amazon Inc in anticipation of a period of 30 days of public comment after the eight countries that border the world’s largest rainforest, and the company failed to reach an agreement.
Brazil complained to the ICANN decision and said that it should have opted for a joint management of the domain name, the country of the ministry of foreign affairs said in a statement.
ICANN has extended to the previous month, as a deadline for the parties to reach a deal.
ICANN posted of the company .amazon request on a “do not continue” foot in 2013, but an independent review process sought by the company blamed for that decision, and ICANN then told the Amazon peoples, that they had to reach an agreement with the company.
Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Phil Berlowitz