"British satellite broadcaster BSkyB has confirmed it is locked in a dispute with Skype about the internet phone company's use of the "Sky" part of its name.
"The five-year battle only came to light when Skype filed documents this week ahead of a proposed $US100 million flotation on New York's NASDAQ stock exchange.
"The statement released for the initial public offering (IPO) revealed that Skype is contesting a number of challenges from BSkyB over the use of the word "Sky" in its brand name and logo."
BSkyB is badgering a potential future competitor based on the assumption that the world cannot tell "Skype" apart from "BSkyB". I suspect this recognition difficulty only exists in the minds of Murdoch Yes-men. The rest of us could tell these apart even if Skype did expand into television services.