Vatican web dispute16 August 2012
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has attempted to block a Vatican bid to create new web addresses ending in .catholic, arguing that it "cannot demonstrate that it possesses a monopoly over the term ‘Catholic'".
The objection is one of more than 160 sent by the Saudis to ICANN, the body in charge of web addresses, over its plan to allow hundreds of new "top-level domains" to supplement .com, .co.uk and other existing suffixes.
In its complaint, the Saudi Communication and Information Technology Commission said: "Many other Christians use the term 'Catholic' to refer more broadly to the whole Christian Church regardless of denominational affiliation."
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