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Bill Cosby gets Fat Albert Domain Name, Winning a Legal Battle!

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In U.S.A, any person can register a domain name of their choice by paying few dollars and renewing it every year.

When internet started booming in mid 90's, many people started registering domain names with a celebrities' name, such as,, thinking they'd be able to sell those domains to the respective celebrities.

That idea fizzled in 1999, when the U.N. decided to develop an arbitration system to settle disputes over domain names.

The arbitration group, called the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), allows people who think they have the right to a domain name to claim it without a costly legal battle or having to pay huge fees to buy the name.

The latest in the parade of celebrities to use the U.N. arbitration system is comedi an Bill Cosby, who had filed a complaint against Sterling Davenport of Loretto, TN, to no avail.

Davenport had registered the domain name, and Cosby's complaint said that the domain was being used in bad faith to attract people to a commercial search engine and a website that sold sexually explicit products. Davenport did not respond to Cosby's complaint, so Cosby decided to seek arbitration from the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland

The arbitrator, John Kidd, awarded the Internet domain name to Cosby and said all rights to the name were to be transferred to him immediately. Because Davenport did not respond to the complaint at all, Kidd said, "The respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in the domain name."

'Fat Albert' is the name of the character Bill Cosby created in 1960's. The character began as part of a standup comedy routine Cosby delivered about his childhood growing up in Philadelphia, and it later became a Saturday morning cartoon for children, "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids." The series first appeared on CBS in 1972, and a movie about Fat Albert was released last year.

Many celebrities have taken advantage of WIPO to win the domains of their names. Some of the lucky ones are: Morgan Freeman, Julia Roberts, Madonna, Nicole Kidman, Pamela Anderson, Pierce Brosnan, and Carmen Electra.

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Tags: comic, actor, cancer

Category: Others  - ( Others Archive)

Date Added: 05 March '10

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