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Jumeirah might take legal action over mini Burj al Arab in India

Jumeirah might take legal action over mini Burj al Arab in India

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Imitation isn't always the sincerest form of flattery – just ask the homeowner in India who has built a miniature replica of the Burj al Arab hotel

Dubai's Jumeirah Group is said to be considering legal action against the homeowner, who decided to recreate the iconic Burj Al Arab in his backyard.  The case would be a copyright infringement, since the accused did not first seek approval to use the landmark's design. 

Visuals of the farmhouse – a scaled down, miniature version of the Dubai hotel, circulated like wild fire on social media sites in the last few weeks. The building is said to have actually been built a number of years ago and is reportedly located in Punjab in northwest India. 

The Jumeirah Group, which debuted the 280 metre-tall landmark hotel on a manmade island off the coast of Dubai in 1999, owns the absolute copyright to the building's famous design. The luxury hotelier's official spokesperson declined to comment.

The president and CEO of the Jumeirah Group has commented in the past that the group had been approached by developers in Las Vegas to recreate the Burj Al Arab, saying at the time: "We have often had [approaches]... We own the design rights and architectural design rights to the Burj Al Arab. So you can't just go out and build one... Prior to the financial crisis, yes there was talk about doing something... [However] there was also a body of opinion that we should keep the Burj Al Arab unique," to Arabian Business

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One of the images of the India-based Burj Al Arab miniature, which went viral on social media over the last few weeks