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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Morgan Freeman Wins Name in UDRP Decision

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman prevailed in his UDRP case against the registrant of MorganFreeman.com in a decision released this morning by WIPO. Morgan Freeman v. Mighty LLC, WIPO Case D2005-0263 (Apr. 28, 2005).

Freeman provided evidence that Mighty LLC owns over 400 domain names identical to the names of other celebrities and sports organizations. Further, "In this case the Panel finds it evidenced that the public associates the name 'Morgan Freeman' with the Complainant's movies and entertainment services. Moreover, albeit more relevant under the bad faith discussion below, Complainant's common law rights in the mark MORGAN FREEMAN existed long before the domain name at issue was registered."

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