Sting fails to win rights to sting.com domain name



An American computer user has beaten rock star Sting in a battle for the domain name, sting.com.

Michael Urvan of Georgia, USA claimed to have used...

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An American computer user has beaten rock star Sting in a battle for the domain name, sting.com.

Michael Urvan of Georgia, USA claimed to have used the name as his internet persona for eight years, and also as the web address for his on-line gaming site, http://www.sting.com, which records players' scores for PC games such as Quake.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), there was no evidence that Urvan had taken control of the site to sell it at a profit later (cybersquatting). The organisation also found in his favour as Sting was not the musician's real name, and because it was difficult to protect a "common English word" that had many uses.

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