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Domain Name disputes could soon be a thing of the past

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The arrival of new top-level domain (TLDs) names this year should lead to fewer online trademark disputes in the future, it has been claimed.

Rob Beckstrom, chief executive of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), said the introduction of new domain name suffixes should discourage companies and individuals from fighting over the rights to individual web addresses.

Speaking to SFGate, he commented: “When you open up these new top-level domains, it creates opportunities for individuals and businesses to get the name that they really want to have.”

The launch of hundreds of new TLDs will also help make the internet a less Anglo-centric place, he noted.

“The reason is both more variety within western languages that use Latin character sets, as well as opening it up for the other character sets,” he added.

At present, there are just 21 different TLDs in use on the internet – including .com, .net, .gov and .info, plus individual country codes such as .uk and .au.

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