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WWF wins domain name case


By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

  Look out Internet domain name squatters! The World Wrestling Federation has become the first organization to win a case with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) over the improper registration of an Internet domain name.

In its case filed on December 2, 1999, the WWF alleged that a Michael Bosman registered the domain name "worldwrestlingfederation.com" with Melbourne IT, based in Australia and therefore was infringing on their copyright. The panel ruled on January 14th of this year that the name Bosman registered was "identical or confusingly similar to the trademark and service mark in which the complainant has rights" and that Bosman had "no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name, and that the respondent's domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith".

The rights of the domain name "worldwrestlingfederation.com" have since been transferred to the WWF.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It is one of the 16 specialized agencies of the United Nations system of organizations. WIPO is responsible for the promotion of the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among States, and for the administration of various multilateral treaties dealing with the legal and administrative aspects of intellectual property.