Brazil on Monday thanked the global body that oversees Internet addresses for extending until April a deadline for Amazon basin nations to reach a deal with Amazon.com in their seven-year battle over the .amazon domain name.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting this week in Kobe, Japan, decided to put off a decision that was expected to favor use of the domain by the world’s largest online retailer.
Amazon basin countries Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname have fought the domain request since it was made in 2012, arguing that the name refers to their geographic region and thus belongs to them.
ICANN has agreed to put off a decision until after April 21, Brazil’s foreign ministry said in a statement that insisted that Amazon nations remain “firmly opposed” to allowing the company to have exclusive use of the domain name.
“In our view, due to its inseparable semantic link to Amazonia, this domain should by no means become the monopoly of one company,” the ministry said.