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BMW-Williams Win Internet Dispute

November 29, 2000

GENEVA (AP) _ The BMW-Williams Formula One team on Wednesday won control of three Internet domain names.

In a ruling by a United Nations arbitrator, BMW and Williams were awarded the addresses bmw-williamsf1.com, .net and .org, which had been registered by Neil Malkhandi of England.

BMW had asked Malkhandi to hand over the names and offered to reimburse him. The team said it also would try to get him special passes to a European Grand Prix race next season.

Malkhandi had said he registered one of the addresses because he was a big fan of the team. U.N. arbitrator Petter Rindforth said Malkhandi did not contest the complaint.

Anyone can register a domain name for a few dollars, which has led ``cybersquatters″ to file for famous names to make money. Some names are worth millions of dollars.

The U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization’s arbitration system started last year. It allows those who think they have the legitimate right to a domain to get it back without a costly legal battle.

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On the Net:

http://arbiter.wipo.int/domains/decisions/html/d2000-1172.html

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