Feeds

Rooney scores!

Sadly only his domain name

Boost IT visibility and business value

Wayne Rooney has won back his domain namesake, WayneRooney.com, from disgruntled Everton fan and Welsh soap actor Huw Marshall.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation decided that Marshall registered the domain in bad faith and ordered it handed over to the England and Manchester United football star and his agent's Stoneygate 48 rights company.

Mr Marshall registered the domain back in April 2002 having seen the young Wayne play in a youth game and immediately recognising his talent. However, Marshall did nothing with the domain until Rooney did the unforgiveable and moved from Everton to Manchester United in August 2004.

He told the panel that this act of "betrayal" saw him lose all interest in the boy and he rejected advances from Rooney's management company over the domain. Despite Marshall never having profited from the domain, however, sole WIPO panelist Tony Willoughby pushed the rules governing domain name disputes as far as they could go to find for Rooney, claiming that he didn't believe that Marshall would have posted a non-commerical fan site had he ever decided to put a site up.

The decision hinged on a trademark that Rooney's agent has covering the footballer's name (one of just six trademarks taken out on the hot-headed youngster). Even though the trademark did not exist for nearly a year after Marshall had registered the name, panelist Willoughby again found a way around the domain rules to decide that the domain was still an infringement of the trademark.

However, it may not end there. Mr Marshall still owns WayneRooney.co.uk - and if Our Wayne wants that domain, he will have to go through a different domain process run by UK registry Nominet to get it back where the rules are less elastic.®

Related link

WIPO decision over WayneRooney.com

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms firm here
Is goTenna tech a goer? Time to grill CEO, CTO
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.