Feeds

WIPO shafts AOL over porn site

Nudescape.com ruling

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

WIPO has slapped AOL in the face over the domain Nudescape.com.

The ISP went to WIPO to try and grab the domains Nudescape.com and AOLfind.com from Canadian company Media Dial, which was using the Nudescape URL for a porn site.

AOL, part of media giant AOL Time Warner, claimed the domain names were "confusingly similar" to the AOL and Netscape brands.

It added that confusion was particularly likely with Nudescape.com because the porn site sported a banner stating: "Nudescape.com - The Site of Choice for AOL Users".

WIPO ruled that AOLfind.com should be transferred to AOL. But, surprisingly, it disagreed with the Internet monster over the other domain.

The Net body stated that "scape" and "nude" were common words used in English, and that the Netscape trademark should not prevent others from using these two words in their URLs.

Media Dial "should have a right to use these common English words to describe its pornographic services," according to WIPO.

"Otherwise, parts of the English language would soon be acquired and removed from common use by those wishing to name their businesses or describe their services."

Unfortunately, the Nudescape.com site was out of action this afternoon. WIPO was unable to explain why, AOL didn't return our call, and Media Dial remained elusive.

WIPO has previously helped AOL to win bucketloads of cases over domains that the ISP claimed were similar to its trademarks. ®

Related Link

WIPO statement

Related Stories

Professor tears ICANN domain dispute policy to pieces
US dotcom keeps ownership of SouthAfrica.com
AOL wins rights to Aimster domain name

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Hey, Scots. Microsoft's Bing thinks you'll vote NO to independence
World's top Google-finding website calls it for the UK
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s
The iKing thinks telly is far too fiddly and ugly – basically, iTunes
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.