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Monday, November 21, 2005

Al-Jazeera in legal dispute over Web site name

Al Jazeera, which is relentless in reporting U.S. involvement in Iraq and other major stories, has so far been less forthcoming about a legal dispute involving its own Web site. An Al-Jazeera executive told United Press International Saturday the case is ongoing, but confirmed the story so far leaves two news Web sites with the same domain name -- and only one belongs to the Arab language satellite television news channel.

Aljazeera.net is the official site of the Qatar-based television company: But there is also aljazeera.com, operated by the AJ Publishing of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and London. In March, the Qatar channel filed a complaint at the World Intellectual Property Arbitration and Mediation Center in Geneva requesting that the Dubai/London-based site stop using the same domain name, and charging the other company with breach of copyright and "bad faith."

Satnam Matharu, Al Jazeera's chief communications executive, confirmed in Doha that the network had lost the case, and was now considering its next step, probably an appeal. He said the four-man arbitration panel in Geneva had ruled in favor of the Dubai company. News sources in Doha said Al Jazeera is challenging the rival Web site now because it plans to launch its own exclusively English-language news and commentary channel, Al-Jazeera International, next year and would like to have a clear field for its new news venture. Read More....

Source: World Peace Herald

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