Domain Dispute Halts Google’s Gmail in Germany

A dispute over the rights to the GMAIL domain name in Germany has broken out. According to Heise Online Google has stopped providing email addresses in Germany ending New German customers for Google’s free email service are now getting addresses instead.

For now Google is not switching its existing German @gmail users over to the new name but they might be obliged to do so at a later date.

Google’s dispute is with Hamburg based businessman Daniel Giersch who claims rights to the G-MAIL name in Germany.

It appears Giersch also registered the GMAIL name in Switzerland in March 2005.

On his web site Giersch states that his G-mail service develops concepts and ideas for informative and efficient data exchange…