Feeds

Ralph Lauren retreats in po-lo.com row

Saddle up and ride that pony

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Fashion giant Ralph Lauren has backed down over its threat to grab domain po-lo.com from a village saddlery.

In November The Register reported that the URL was at the centre of the dispute after it was one of a handful containing equestrian words registered by Brit Keith Collingridge. He wanted the domains, including onthetrot.com, chukkas.com, and horselivery.com, to point to the Web site of his wife's Surrey saddlery business.

However, nasty letters soon started flying across the Atlantic from top New York lawyers Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein, representing Ralph Lauren. They demanded Collingridge remove his registration of po-lo.com, while also warning that "cybersquatters" faced fines of up to $100,000 under US law.

Collingridge felt that polo was a traditional English sport, and denied he was a cybersquatter. So he hired his own lawyer, Prettys Solicitors, in the UK.

He has since contacted The Register to report a happy outcome to the domain debacle. The corporate bullying tactics have stopped, and on 3 January Collingridge received a letter from Ralph Lauren's lawyers stating:

"We have reviewed your Website, which currently links to Polo.com as well as sites for 'Polo-Volkswagen' and 'Polo Mints-Nestle'.

"At this time, Polo has decided not to take any further action in connection with your registration of the subject domain name."

Collingridge had the following advice: "If anyone else
finds themselves in a similar situation, please don't just hand over your domain name through unfound threats and bullying," he said. "As this dispute has
found, it doesn't make them right."

Matthew Rippon, Collingridge's lawyer, is so chuffed with his success that he has set up an email address for people with similar 'cybersquatting' disputes - he can be contacted at domaindefence@excite.co.uk. ®

Related Stories

Ralph Lauren threatens village saddlery
Warner Brothers shoots at more innocents
Warner Bros/Harry Potter dispute kicks off again
Palm leans on 'cybersquatter' who predicts future
Mr Wembleystadium.net loses domain case
Madonna wins her domain namesake

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.