Brexit cancellation of ‘.eu’ domain names confirmed –

Posted January 30th, 2019 in brexit, domain names, EC law, internet, news by sally

‘Businesses based in the UK that own websites rooted at the ‘.eu’ domain will have two months from the point of Brexit to transfer ownership to sister companies in the EU in a ‘no deal’ scenario, a registry for ‘.eu’ domain names has confirmed.’

Full Story, 30th January 2019


Rights holders face extra burdens under new WHOIS data plan –

Posted July 10th, 2018 in data protection, domain names, EC law, intellectual property, internet, news by sally

‘Businesses are likely to encounter additional barriers when seeking to enforce their intellectual property (IP) rights under any new plans that are drawn up for accessing ‘WHOIS’ data.’

Full Story, 10th July 2018


Bank wins ruling against ‘cybersquatter’ who demanded £100,000 for domain name – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 3rd, 2018 in banking, domain names, intellectual property, news by sally

‘A bank has won a legal battle against a China-based ‘cybersquatter’, who attempted to extort almost £100,000 from the business by buying a domain name they wanted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd April 2018


Domain name suspensions more than double in a year, says UK registry –

Posted November 17th, 2016 in domain names, enforcement, intellectual property, news, police, reports, trade marks by sally

‘More than 8,000 web addresses were suspended by Nominet during the year up to the end of October 2016, more than double the number suspended in the previous 12 months, the internet registry for ‘.uk’ domain names has said.’

Full story, 17th November 2016


Domain names you can bank on – Technology Law Update

Posted January 26th, 2016 in domain names, internet, news, striking out by sally

‘Disputes over domain names tend to be dealt with outside of the normal court system, in panels run by dispute resolution service providers accredited by ICANN. So a decision of the UK court over as series of domain names including RBS group brands makes interesting reading.’

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Technology Law Update, 22nd January 2016


Ruling means UK courts will not overturn decisions by domain name dispute resolution panels, says expert –

‘A UK court ruling that it did not have the jurisdiction to hear and determine an appeal against a decision taken by domain name dispute resolution panel will be welcomed by brand owners, an expert has said.’

Full story, 11th December 2015


An intergalactic battle over domain – Technology Law Update

Posted August 11th, 2015 in domain names, internet, news, trade marks by sally

‘A year after a change to UK domain names a skirmish in (web)space shows how effective Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service can be in protecting a trade mark owner’s rights.’
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Technology Law Update, 6th August 2015


Disney wins net domain battle – BBC News

‘A Berkshire-based fancy-dress retailer is being made to surrender the web address after feeling the force of Disney’s wrath.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2015


Buying web addresses best protection for brands in light of expansion of domains –

Posted March 27th, 2015 in domain names, internet, news, trade marks, trade names by sally

‘Businesses should respond to the growing number of domains by buying up the web addresses that pose a risk to their brands.’

Full story, 26th March 2015


Nominet’s new rules on .uk domains could mean the end to users’ privacy – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2014 in disclosure, domain names, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Since Tuesday, running a personal website has become a privacy minefield for people using .uk domain names. A recent rule change by Nominet, the company which manages the .uk registry, means that domain name owners whose home addresses were previously kept private may now be publicly visible in online searches. People setting up domain names through Nominet must now also show their full legal personal or business name on the public registration database.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2014


Sex offence terms to be removed from internet addresses – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2014 in domain names, internet, news, sexual offences by sally

‘All new web addresses registered in the UK will be screened for terms that signal or encourage serious sexual offences.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2014


Trade mark owner wins right to block proposed new ‘top-level’ domain –

Posted August 12th, 2013 in arbitration, domain names, intellectual property, internet, news, trade marks by sally

“A trade mark owner has won the right to stop its mark being adopted as a new generic ‘top-level’ domain (gTLD) by a rival company.”

Full story, 9th August 2013


Belgian Electronic Sorting Technology NV v Peelaers and another – WLR Daily

Posted July 12th, 2013 in advertising, consumer protection, domain names, EC law, law reports by tracey

Belgian Electronic Sorting Technology NV v Peelaers and another: (Case C-657/11);   [2013] WLR (D)  275

“Article 2(1) of Council Directive 84/450/EEC of 10 September 1984 concerning misleading and comparative advertising, as amended, meant that the term ‘advertising’ covered the use of a domain name and that of metatags in a website’s metadata. By contrast, the registration of a domain name, as such, was not encompassed by that term.”

WLR Daily, 11th July 2013


Pie Optiek SPRL v Bureau Gevers SA and others – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2012 in domain names, EC law, law reports, trade marks by tracey

Pie Optiek SPRL v Bureau Gevers SA and others: Case C-376/11;  [2012] WLR (D)  219

“The third sub-paragraph of article 12(2) of Commission Regulation (EC) No 874/2004 of 28 April 2004 laying down public policy rules concerning the implementation and functions of the .eu Top Level Domain and the principles governing registration meant that, in a situation where the prior right concerned was a trade mark right, the words ‘licensees of prior rights’ did not refer to a person who had been authorised by the proprietor of the trade mark concerned solely to register, in his own name but on behalf of that proprietor, a domain name identical or similar to that trade mark, but without that person being authorised to use the trade mark commercially in a manner consistent with its functions.”

WLR Daily, 19th July 2012


Lawyers gear up for rush on domain names – but firms fail to register – The Lawyer

Posted June 18th, 2012 in domain names, internet, law firms, news by sally

“The scramble for new domain names is likely to bring a rash of work for specialist IP, media and technology lawyers.”

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The Lawyer, 18th June 2012


Nominet rules prevent findings of abusive domain name registrations being re-heard in court, High Court rules –

Posted March 21st, 2012 in dispute resolution, domain names, internet, news by sally

“Those registering ‘.uk’ domain names are not entitled to a fresh hearing in court to assess whether they have abusively registered those domains if the issue has already been determined through an industry dispute resolution service, the High Court has ruled.”

Full story, 21st March 2012


Branson wins right to own porn web address featuring his name –

Posted February 22nd, 2012 in dispute resolution, domain names, internet, news, pornography, trade marks by sally

“An Australian man has been ordered to transfer his ownership of the domain name to UK entrepreneur Richard Branson.”

Full story, 22nd February 2012


Nominet proposes new code of rules for members –

Posted January 31st, 2012 in codes of practice, domain names, internet, news by sally

“The internet registry for .uk domain names has proposed a new code that would allow it to prevent members associating themselves with its brand if they display a lack of professionalism, integrity or accountability.”

Full story, 31st January 2012


Wayne Rooney and a decade of .uk domain name disputes – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2011 in domain names, news by sally

“The battle for Wayne Rooney reached its climax in October 2006.”

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BBC News, 7th November 2011


UK police may be given domain name-suspension powers –

Posted September 5th, 2011 in computer crime, crime prevention, domain names, news, police by sally

“UK police could be able to order the suspension of website domain names without first having to obtain a court order under new plans being considered by a domain name registry.”

Full story, 5th September 2011