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[wg-b] Re: [ga] newyorkyankees.com suit
And if Harald's next door neighbor in Norway adopted the mark NEW YORK
YANKEES he would be doing so in bad faith.
>"Unique they may be, but not terribly famous on this side of the pond."
>Here we run into a familiar problem. The laws of the nations of the world
>define famousness in strictly national terms. WIPO sought to craft a
>procedure that required a new category of globally famous marks, but for
>what I think are political reasons people sometimes obscure this. There
>are a lot of people (or people with clients) who hold nationally famous
>marks and think they should have a prior right to their domain
>name even in a trans-national medium.
>There are a lot of problems with this expansive view. One, of course, it
>that it expands the rights of (national) famous marks well beyond their
>intended scope. And if even WIPO wouldn't wear it...
>Another problem is that it is quite possible, and far from unheard of, for
>two different firms to have a famous mark that is the same word in
>While I think that Harald's analysis on his web site of the applicability
>of famous marks to the net is about right, my fallback view is that
>whatever is done absolutely must limit its reach to GLOBALLY famous marks
>-- and many, probably most, of the thousands and thousands of NATIONALLY
>famous marks won't qualify.
>All that said, if the defendant in this case is a US person, then it seems
>quite appropriate to use US law. And the NY Yankees are arguably the most
>(in)famous baseball team in the US.
>Furthermore, if the domain name was registered in the US, the US Congress
>in its wisdom has decided that the issue can be adjudicated in a US court.
>US choice of law principles will then apply, as will US famousness. [If
>the basis for jurisdiction against a foreigner is in rem, odds are US law
>applies. If the basis for jurisdiction is minimum contacts, it gets
>complex. There are no cases that I know of which provide direct guidance
>on what law applies when the defendant in an alleged cybersquatting case
>is foreign and there is minimum contacts jurisdiction. It would depend on
>On Wed, 29 Dec 1999, Harald Tveit Alvestrand wrote:
>> At 15:18 29.12.99 -0500, Martin B. Schwimmer wrote:
>> >The registrant may in fact be a Mets fan.
>> >NEW YORK YANKEES would be an example of a unique famous mark.
>> This side of the pond, I don't even know if they play baseball, oval-ball
>> football or some other game.
>> Unique they may be, but not terribly famous outside the US.
>> Harald A
>> Harald Tveit Alvestrand, EDB Maxware, Norway
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