Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sometimes domain names that parody have led to infringement claims


Here’s an older trademark case I found from a Reason article (link) by Michael Lynch all the way back in 2000. The article is called “Post No Ills” and refers to a lawsuit by U-Haul against owners of a website called “U-Hell” claiming trademark dilution and infringement after a bad move. The suit was dismissed in Arizona but refilled in Georgia. The article got linked to in a newer story about the growing list of litigation against naïve bloggers and webmasters.

In other words, a name that is a parody of a company name might lead to a trademark dilution claim, but the Act in 2006 has some defenses regarding parody (check the link to the law from my June 2007 posting).

I’ve had to see where this case went.

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