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Amazon Wins Domain Name Dispute

by Glen Shapiro, LawAndTax-News.com, New York

20 August 2003


Amazon.com has recently emerged victorious from a dispute with an US website owner purporting to be selling books about the river of the same name.

Arizona-based Paul Horner told the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), which arbitrates in cases of domain name disputes, that his amazonbooks.net and amazonbooks.org websites were solely intended to provide information on the River Amazon for travellers.

However, WIPO found that the sites did not offer very much original content on this subject, principally containing links to other resources, and to Amazon's competitors, such as eBay. It also observed that the livery of the disputed sites was similar to Amazon's own.

Therefore, the arbitration panel ordered Mr Horner to hand the domains over to the online retailing giant, announcing, according to Reuters, that there was evidence to suggest that he 'was motivated by the prospect of attracting consumers who erroneously visit these sites' when he registered the domain names.


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