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The case of True Religion v. truereligion.com

Muslim website owner says he has faith court will protect him

Ibrahim Ali Ibrahim Abu-Harb, a devout Muslim, says he decided to express his devotion to Islam by launching www.truereligion.com. True Religion Apparel Inc., a purveyor of $300 jeans, says Abu-Harb’s only devotion is to money, and it wants the website shut down.

The dispute, now in US District Court in Boston, could test the limits of a federal law designed to stop speculators from snapping up Internet domain names — similar to corporate trademarks — just to sell them back to the companies.

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