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US senator attacks '.sucks' web address plans

A screen shows a rolling feed of new 'Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs) which have been applied for during a press conference hosted by ICANN in central London, on June 13, 2012Senator John (Jay) Rockefeller argued in a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers that such an Internet zone aimed to compel companies to buy addresses for the sole purpose of preventing someone from using them and potentially discredit a brand’s name. “I view it as little more than a predatory shakedown scheme,” the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee said in a letter addressed to the head of ICANN’s board of directors. Any benefit from such a new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) would be far outweighed by its potential to be used to “defame” individuals, non-profit organizations and businesses, Rockefeller said. California-based ICANN says the huge expansion of the Internet — with some two billion users around the world, half of them in Asia — means new names are essential to provide enough addresses to meet demand.

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