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Pierce Brosnan, the kempt Irish actor best-known for playing James Bond, has won the domain piercebrosnan.com in a dispute with a notorious celebrity name hoarder.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation ruled that Jeffrey Burgar had registered the domain name in bad faith and was using it to make money. These are two big no-nos when arbitrators consider domain disputes under ICANN's UDRP rules of engagement.

Burgar directs traffic from celebrity domain names, including piercebrosnan.com to the Celebrity1000 site.

Burgar has 10 days to appeal. And he is pugnacious: he has fought and lost before, over CelineDion.com. But he has also fought and won over BruceSpringsteen.com and KevinSpacey.com. So Brosnan is not in the clear just yet.

As The Register's Kieren McCarthy wrote of Burgar at the Kevin Spacey ruling:

"That Mr Burgar is "an infamous cybersquatter" is not under question. He has had celebrity run-ins with Celine Dion, Jodie Foster, Mariah Carey, and others.
But he is a rare example of someone willing to argue his case for domain name ownership and has helped more than almost anyone else in exposing contradictory and unjustifiable decisions made by the domain ruling bodies."

Now for some very fine articles by Kieren about the Dion, Springsteen and Spacey cases:

WIPO disgraces itself over CelineDion.com
Bruce Springsteen loses cybersquatting dispute
Kevin Spacey loses pivotal cybersquatting court case

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