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Gmail illegal in Germany?

Dominik Schwind [PersonRank 1]

Thursday, May 26, 2005
17 years ago

As I just found on Golem (de) (http://www.golem.de/0505/38272.html) a German court ruled that Google is not allowed to offer @gmail.com accounts to German users.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

17 years ago #

Thanks, I posted this:

http://blogoscoped.com/archive/2005-05-26-html#n13

Nicole Simon [PersonRank 1]

17 years ago #

Agreed. Especially since they did not care to register the according domainnames but my-g-mail as far as I see.

And, what is next? Perhaps "no german user is allowed to use gmail adresses" or even "gmail.com is not allowed to be accessed from german ip adresses"?

While it is true that one has to fight for your trademarks, question would also be in which categories the according trademark rules.

Gmail.com is existing – period. Even if they would reach that google never could do anything with gmail in Germany, I would expect the customers to EXPECT from G-mail (it is not called gmail, but G-mail) to be from google from now on.

Did anyone really _know_ them before they started fighting with Google? I never heard of them before. Is this really about keeping a trademark? Is there really an existing, flowering business behind it, which is in danger because of the name change?

Or is it about keeping up a fight to get press? Because if it was, there would be *much* more to gain from a win win situation than just from fighting.

Hint: To get a win win situation, you don't need the other party to act first. It is called win win because you get something out of it and do something too ...

Nicole (oh and btw, I want that gmail logo back.)

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