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Van Morrison wins domain name dispute

Van Morrison has recovered the rights to the domain name vanmorrison.com. The Irish singer successfully sued an unofficial fan club that had cyber-squatted for three years.

Van Morrison has recovered the rights to the domain name vanmorrison.com. The Irish singer successfully sued an unofficial fan club that had cyber-squatted for three years.

Morrison’s counsel had first offered to buy the domain name from the rights holder, Curacao-based Fan Exchange, but the approach was refused. Therefore, Morrison took the case to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which ruled in his favour and transferred the domain name to him.

"In certain circumstances, illegitimacy and bad faith of a prior domain name owner may 'attach to' the domain name, and pass with the transfer to a subsequent domain name owner," determined, WIPO panellist, John Swinson.

Fan Exchange was also previously involved in a similar dispute with Eric Clapton, which was settled prior to a decision, reports UDRPlaw.net.

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