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UAE domain regulator accused in copyright row

August 12th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

The UAE internet domain regulator has denied a company its own .ae website, despite the firm holding a 12-year-old trademark for the name in question.
Michael Reed, a businessman from the UK, had decided to begin selling Irena, a nutritional supplement, in the UAE and registered the Irena.ae domain with AEDA, the regulatory body for the country’s internet domain name.

But after the name was registered, the agency deleted the domain, saying it belonged to the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA), an intergovernmental organisation that will be headquartered in Abu Dhabi.

“If it’s a governmental organisation then, as per their own rules, .gov.ae is the correct top level domain,” Reed said.

In addition, the parent company of Reed’s firm has held the trademark for Irena in Europe and the UK for the past twelve years, he added.

The incident has made the company scrap its plans to enter the UAE market.

AEDA declined to comment.

The agency’s website states that it will “continually strive to maintain best practice for the administration of the .ae [domain] and will administer the .ae domain in a fair and transparent manner”.

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  1. October 16th, 2009 at 18:53 | #1

    The agency’s website states that it will “continually strive to maintain best practice for the administration of the .ae [domain] and will administer the .ae domain in a fair and transparent manner”.

  2. Frank C. Tannehill
    January 25th, 2010 at 14:19 | #2

    If the man owns he brand for 12 years, it's his right to own the domain as well. Sometimes these laws are made to protect us but more often they work against us. The big companies get to be served first and us individuals have to collect whatever they throw at us.

  3. name
    February 26th, 2010 at 07:34 | #3

    abudhabiopen.ae, abudhabicup.ae, abudhabiworld.ae

  1. September 21st, 2009 at 19:22 | #1
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