back to article Dot-Amazon spat latest: Brazil tells ICANN to go fsck itself, only 'govts control the internet'

In an effort to block Amazon from getting the top-level domain .amazon, Brazil may have put governments on a crash course with the private sector over control of the web. In an aggressive and contradictory letter [PDF] on Wednesday to the overseer of the internet's domain name system, ICANN, Brazilian technology minister …

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Brazil has a fairly obvious recourse, if they are sufficiently motivated, ban Amazon from trading in Brazil unless they capitulate. Refuse to issue visas to Amazon employees.

Government power doesn't rest at ICAAN

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And if Amazon simply says, "Your loss" since they already don't do much trading there for other reasons?

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"And if Amazon simply says, "Your loss" since they already don't do much trading there for other reasons?"

In that case, what is "your loss" to Brazil then?

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The fact their threat would be toothless. They're not a big enough market to matter and their active stake is too small.

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Stock photo: "Car crash"

Quite unfortunate that the guy in your "car crash" stock photo looks like Paul Walker...

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Re: Stock photo: "Car crash"

Methinks you need your eyes tested.

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FFS it's not as if Bezos pulled the name out of thin air.

I guess he wanted a name that was already known, therefore memorable and near the top of an alpha listing. Many website listings were just lists in the early '90's. Altavista started in '95.

He choose to give a common name his commercial punt and name it after the river/region, so he has no right to claim priority over something that existed prior to his choice of name. It's not as if there wasn't a broad lexicon of names still available to register in '94.

If he wanted to rule the Internet, he should have registered internet.com or tat.com for that matter.

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Re: FFS it's not as if Bezos pulled the name out of thin air.

IIRC, internet.com was already taken at the time: I believe by one of the search engines, lycos or altavista. And tat wasn't really a word back then: not to mention it's at the low end of the alphabet and as you said, he preferred an A to be on top of alphabetical listings.

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Re: FFS it's not as if Bezos pulled the name out of thin air.

If you're looking for names at the top of the alphabet I hear Aardvark and Aardwolf are the 1st "proper" words in the OED and you get to have a cuddly mascot like that company does with Meerkats. PP

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I can't remember the last time I typed a full DNS address

In practice, my browser autocompletes the whole address (e.g I type "the" and then I choose between www.theregister.co.uk and www.theonion.com), so I rarely have to type more than three letters. Rarely, I type the full name of the web site, and let google find what I mean.

TLDs are basically remains of a bygone era. They serve no purpose anymore. At best, they're a gimmick. In a better world, ICANN would have been forbidden to create any new ones.

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go fsck itself

go fsck itself

ok that theres funny no matter who you are :)

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Late to the party?

I think the Brazilian government arrived long after the actual rain forest. But if they are really concerned about preservation, there are other ways to demonstrate that other than haggling over a gTLD.

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Simple solution

Amazon should just change its name to Alexa.

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Just waiting for the following ".swallows" TLD kerfuffle between Arthur Ransome's estate and the porn industry...

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