U.S. Internet company Yahoo! Inc. won the rights
to 40 Internet addresses in two rulings by United Nations
arbitrators released Monday.
A three-member panel awarded it the names yahooemail.net,
yahoofree.net, yahoofree.com and yahoochat.net, registered by Jorge
Kirovsky of Colonia, Uruguay.
The domain names linked to another site registered by Kirovsky --
yahoo.com.uy, a Spanish-language site on pets. He subsequently
registered yahoochat.cl, yahoofree.cl and miyahoo.cl, which
connected to the same address, and established a business called
The arbitrators found that "Internet users are actually
confused'' by the names, as the yahoo.com.uy site had received
hundreds of e-mails apparently intended for Yahoo!
Kirovsky had claimed the Yahoo! trademark was largely unknown in
Uruguay and that it "is the name of a dog in Uruguay.''
In a second case, Yahoo! and its GeoCities subsidiary won 36
addresses from six respondents with company addresses in the United
States and in the central American nation of Belize.
The companies did not contest Yahoo!'s complaint that the domain
names -- most involving misspellings, among them gecities.com,
ayhoo.com and wwwgeocities.com -- were confusingly similar to its
Anyone can register a domain name for about $100. The U.N. World
Intellectual Property Organization's procedure to curb
"cybersquatting'' was introduced last year. Before that, a
corporation might have had to spend thousands of dollars to buy the
rights to an address, or hundreds of thousands of dollars in
litigation to stop its use.
Separately, Deutsche Bank was awarded the names
deutschebankag.net, deutschebankag.org, deutschebank-ag.com,
deutschebank-ag.org, deutschebank-ag.net, deutschebank-group.com,
held by Multigestiones Puertonorte of Tenerife, in Spain's Canary
The German banking giant said the Spanish company's addresses
led to a "Great Domains.com'' page that offered the names for
sale. The firm did not respond to Deutsche Bank's complaint, and
arbitrator Dawn Osborne ordered the names transferred.