Sat, Apr. 17, 2004

Umlaut Domain Grabbing

CK - Washington.   The Cologne District Court decided in case number 31 O 155/04 on March 12, 2004 a case involving the new Umlaut domains, muepe.de reports. The use of extended characters in domain names was recently sanctioned. The defendant grabbed touristikbörse24.de and offered it to the plaintiff, the operator of touristboerse.de touristikboerse24.de in exchange for a free vacation. When plaintiff declined, defendant tried to sell the domain name on eBay. The court found defendant's activities to constitute unfair competition under §1 UWG, the unfair trade statute, and confusion of customers under §4 UWG. (Corrections gracefully supplied by Peter Müller of muepe.de added 4/19/2004 and 4/20/2004)


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