May 12, 2005

A cybersquatter violates a restraining order

According to BNA [no free access], a federal court in Minnesota has ruled that anti-abortion activist William S. Purdy violated a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order by continuing to display material linked to Internet domain names that were previously found to be confusingly similar to the name of a law firm who represented Purdy's opponents in previous litigation. However, the court also ruled that use of the plaintiffs' names and marks in Web site metatags did not constitute trademark infringement where their use was necessary to describe the content of the site.

Faegre & Benson LLP v. Purdy.

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