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Posted on 08-Feb-2000 10:56 GMT by Christian Kemp16 comments
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Just a small rant from me about the domain and site names some people are chosing for their amiga-related homepages. I just noticed that amiganation.com is calling itself AmigaNation News. Now it may just be a bizarre coincidence, but I feel like its creator could have been a bit more creative when registering that domain name and naming his website.

First of all, there has been a site called AmigaNation for years now. And even if that site is in German and has a Swiss domain, that doesn't mean that somebody should rush out and register exactly the same name in a different domain.

Secondly, it sure feels strange that AmigaNation News sounds awfully similar to Amiga Network News, and naturally shares the same initials (which are in bigger type, so it looks even more obvious). Just a coincidence? You decide.

But this wasn't the first time something like this happened. Amiga Central registered a domain even though Paul Morabito's "Amiga Central" had been online for months, if not years before, and had been quite popular. Now I seem to remember that this was a misunderstanding, but still...

If somebody (don't remember who it was) can threaten to sue Colin Thompson for using the very generic name "Daily Fishwrap" for his former Amiga news site, I wonder how people can even think about using exactly the same name for a site that fits exactly the same niche in a very narrow market...

Anyway, enough ranting and/or complaining from me. What do you think? Do you agree with me, or do you think I am way off here?

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Comment 1Mario Saitti07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 2Bob C.07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 3John Block07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 4Christian Kemp07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 5Adam Szymczak07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 6Steinar07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 7the man in the shadows07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 8Colin Thompson07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 9Elliott Olson07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 10Jay07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 11John Block07-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 12Plain English08-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 13anonymous coward ;-)08-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 14James Russell08-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 15Christian Kemp09-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
Comment 16James Russell09-Feb-2000 23:00 GMT
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