Internet naming body writes Canadian, US authorities to check legality of '.sucks' domain

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The body that regulates Internet addresses is checking to see if it can crack down on a Canadian company accused of using the new ".sucks" domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities and companies seeking to protect their public brands.

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN (EYE-can), on Thursday sent a letter to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs to see if the actions of company Vox Populi are illegal.

ICANN initially approved of the so-called top-level domain name but is backtracking after an advisory panel made up of industry groups and companies like Microsoft, Verizon and eBay complained last month.