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Google Wins Domain Name Dispute

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This news release points out that Google has emerged victorious in a domain name dispute.

"Google Inc., filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum on May 11, 2005 asserting legal rights to Web addresses [googkle.com, ghoogle.com, gfoogle.com and gooigle.com] bearing close resemblance to Google.com. Ruling in Google?s favor, National Arbitration Forum arbitrator Paul A. Dorf found that the other party, Sergey Gridasov, registered the googkle.com and ghoogle.com on December 30, 2000 and the domain names gfoogle.com and gooigle.com on January 12, 2001?after Google registered its domain in late 1999. The other party was also using the disputed domain names to direct Internet users to Web sites that attempt to download viruses, trojan horses and spyware to the users? computers. The disputed domain names contain links to various products unrelated to Google.

You can read the full text of the decision here.

It will be worth monitoring to see if the Googlepex will begin asserting their legal rights over other registered domains that either resemble Google or include the word Google in the domain name.


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