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PETA’s Online Tactics End Up In Court Battle

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) registered the domain name to host a protest site, pointing out the circus’ mistreatment of animals. Ringling Brothers have filed trademark infringement lawsuits against the group. [...] Continue reading


Playboy Loses Lawsuit – Vows to Appeal

Playboy Enterprises filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against former Playmate of the Year, Terri Welles, who used terms like “playmate’ in her online resume and meta tags, which Playboy argued were trademarked terms. US District Judge Judith Keep ruled in favor of Welles, claiming fair use to the words. [...] Continue reading

iGoldrush Allowed To Keep Domain

In Pennsylvania, Christopher Van Allen, a 12 year old boy who had been given the nickname ‘Pokey’ when he was younger, had received the domain name as a birthday gift. Shortly after that, Prema Toy Company filed a lawsuit against him to win the domain back claiming that the site infringed their trademark. [...] Continue reading


Cybersquatting Battles – Innocent Caught in Crossfire

As federal judges in two recent rulings set precedence against the practice of cybersquatting, some trademark attorneys say the courts have turned a bad situation worse. The 1995 dilution statute permits using a domain name that resembles a trademark to harm a company’s trademark reputation. For example, using ‘’ to host a pornography [...] Continue reading


AlterNIC Back from the Dead?

The Network Solutions chief ‘enemy’, AlterNIC may be on the rise again, as Jason Hendeles, former business partner of Eugene Kashpureff, seeks to revive its once powerful status. Kashpureff, who is still waiting on a sentence for his computer fraud conviction resulting from when he hijacked InterNIC users and redirected them to AlterNIC, called [...] Continue reading


Network Solution’s Stock Soar

After news of being cleared in a class action lawsuit, Network Solution’s stocks rose 3-3/4 in today’s trading. [...] Continue reading


Network Solutions in the Clear

Network Solutions and the National Science Foundation (NSF) were both cleared of most charges in a class action suit alleging they had conspired to form an unfair monopoly. [...] Continue reading

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