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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Legal row over iTunes domain name

An internet entrepreneur is taking legal action against computer giant Apple over the iTunes domain name.

Benjamin Cohen, 22, registered in 2000, but earlier this month the UK domain name registry, Nominet, handed the name over to Apple.

Mr Cohen, of Hackney, east London, has applied to the High Court for a judicial review, saying Nominet is biased against small businesses.

But Nominet say legal experts found Mr Cohen was abusing his registration.

The body's judgement, dated the 10 March, states by offering to sell the domain name and by continuing to re-direct people from Mr Cohen is abusing his registration.


It seems that a big mistake was offering to sell the domain. As was the redirect. Had the domain been developed it would most likely have remained in the possession of the original owner, assuming that no attempt was made to cash-in on the Apple brand, which appears to have been successfully argued because of the redirect. Shame.


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