Magazine article UN Chronicle

WIPO Declares WWF the Winner, but Sting Stung

Magazine article UN Chronicle

WIPO Declares WWF the Winner, but Sting Stung

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Pop singer Sting, a.k.a. Gordon Sumner, of the United Kingdom has lost his case to deny Michael Urvan of the United States the Internet address "sting.com".

In a 27 July decision, an arbitration panel of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) that decides on abuses of Internet domain names said the singer had failed to prove bad faith on the part of Mr. Urvan, who had registered the domain name in July 1995. On his site, Mr. Urvan describes himself as a "competitive on-line gamer" and uses the name "=Sting=" in his gaming. The panel decided that "although it is accepted that the complainant (Gordon Sumner) is world famous under the name STING, it does not follow that he has rights in STING as a trademark or service mark", since the name in this case "is also a common word in the English language".

In the first such case of "cybersquatting" before WIPO, which was decided only six months earlier, the United States-based World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. …

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