An Expression of Myself

Gmail.pl who owns it?

Posted on: February 18, 2007


While browsing the net I saw this interesting story with regards to domain name, A group of Polish poets seems to be very fast in getting the domain name http://www.gmail.pl/, because they got first before Google. Below is the story:

AFP has a funny story. It seems a group of Polish poets, Grupa Mlodych Artstow I Literatow (Group of Young Artists and Writers) owns  and Google wants it. So it’s using its lawyers to try to get it, rather than admit its own incompetence and just offer to buy it.

Izabela Krawczyk of GMAiL told AFP: “We bought the name legally, with our own money. Nobody gave it to us for free. We refuse to be deprived of what we consider is our property.”

Krawczyk, a poet and IT fan based in the central Polish city of Lodz, said that at the end of last year her group was surprised to discover that http://www.gmail.pl was available.

They decided to buy the rights to the domain name in order to raise the profile of GMAiL, which publicises the works of young unknowns who have not yet found a conventional editor.

“Our site has a use. There’s no financial gain involved. And we’re not competing with the US company,” she said.

So is the message that after three years of beta testing Gmail, and stashing many billions in the bank, the droids at the Googleplex either have not yet heard of Poland or still can’t figure out how to buy a Polish domain name? No problem! They may not be able to figure out how to spend $10 on a domain name, but they can easily afford $100,000 worth of lawyers.

This only means that if you want something, You have to do it quickly before somebody else get it. It is like what happen to Mike Defensors Domain Name.

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