Month: July 2000

Pop star fails to secure domain name

The pop star Sting has failed to get the domain name transferred to him under the dispute resolution procedure set up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The domain name had been registered in 1995 by Michael Urvan, a US citizen who stated that he had been using the nickname …   Read more

Napster injuncted

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) obtained an injunction on Wednesday preventing the controversial internet site Napster from enabling its users to share recorded copyright music, stored as MP3 files. The injunction, which will take effect from midnight on Friday 28 July until the full hearing at a date yet to be confirmed, means …   Read more v

MBNA, the world’s largest independent credit card issuer, is locked in battle with Stephen Freeman, an advertising entrepreneur who plans to operate a banner exchange business through a web site with the domain name Citing the leading Court of Appeal case BT v One in a Million, MBNA claims that Freeman’s use of amounts to passing …   Read more

Recent trade mark disputes on the internet

Two recent cases in the High Court have highlighted the importance of registered trade marks on the internet. ROADTECH v MANDATA Metatags are devices inserted by a web site proprietor to enable a web page to be more easily categorised.  Metatags are used by the main search engines to evaluate and index a web site.  …   Read more

Napster reprieved

Napster has successfully challenged the injunction imposed on it by a Californian court. As reported in our bulletin last week, the injunction was granted at the request of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to prevent Napster from allowing its software to facilitate the illegal sharing of copyright recordings owned by its record company …   Read more