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Law of the Internet by George B. Delta and Jeffrey H. Matsuura (Oct 2008)

Law of the Internet by George B. Delta and Jeffrey H. Matsuura (Published Oct 2008)

Excerpt from 2011-1 SUPPLEMENT 8-28

“The Sixth Circuit took the position that these negative domain names used in conjunction with Web sites that raised criticism of commercial conduct were forms of expression protected by the First Amendment.93 In some instances, critics of an organization register domain names using marks associated with the target company in order to prevent the company from using those domains or to use the domains to present Web content critical of the target organization. This type of dispute exists between Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Alfred Donovan, involving the domain name www.royaldutchshellplc.com.94″

93. Taunman Co. v. Webfeats. 310 F.3d 770 (6th Cir. 2003).

94. Chip Cummins, Shell Wages Legal Fight over Web Domain Name, Wall St. J., June 2, 2005, at B7.

 

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