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article imageGoogle sues Polish poets over gmail.pl

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 18, 2007 in Entertainment
Google sues Polish Poets group GMAil.pl and wants their domain rights.
Google has launched legal action against a group of Polish poets, demanding that they give up their Internet domain name gmail.pl, a member of the cultural collective said.
GMAiL in Poland stand for the "Grupa Mlodych Artystow i Literatow," a group of young artists and writers. It is like a web 2.0 site, where users post their works and have comments and rate their works.They have been using this domain for a while. Google says that GMAiL.pl has no rights to this domain and have turned to the country's IT and telecommunications tribunal to stop them from using this domain.
Besides turning to arbitrators and the courts to stop so-called cybersquatters from abusing their names on the Internet, companies sometimes pay big money to buy back such domain names. Google is doing this and are in a hurry to buy related domains from various countries.
Izabela Krawczyk of GMAiL.pl, however, blasted the suggestion that the poets were looking for a fast buck. She says, they are not interested in selling this for profit and as a matter of fact they are refusing to sell. They claim they bought this name legally with their own funds and hence refuse to give up the rights to Google or anyone.
Google has not contacted them directly about paying for this domain except through the arbitration case with the Polish authorities.
Krawczyk, who a poet herself and IT fan based in the central Polish city of Lodz, said that they searched for a domain that will fit their group's acronym and was surprised to find that it was available so they bought the domain. This site mainly helps to publish there works of young authors who have no publishing experience or any of their books published.
Krawczyk says "Our site has a use. There's no financial gain involved. And we're not competing with the US company,"
Google also faced problems registering country specific domains in England and Germany.
Google has also faced problems after failing to be the first one to register local versions of its domain name in Britain and Germany.
What do you think about this case, who deserves this domain GMAiL.pl more?
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