Internet Trademarks and Domain Name Legal Bibliography
by Eric Schlachter, Esq.
‘Address Poacher’ Loses Internet Ruling, San Jose Mercury News, October 6, 1994 at 1E (describing Princeton Review’s arbitration loss to Kaplan over kaplan.com).
BBB has Internet Trademark Gripe, San Jose Mercury News, May 12, 1995, at 1C (describing the Better Business Bureau’s legal complaint against a man who registered “bbb.com” and “bbb.org” to extract money from the Bureau).
Billions Registered, But No Rules: the Scope of Trademark Protection for Internet Domain Names, Journal of Proprietary Rights, March 1995.
Mark V. Boennighausen, Spud Vendor’s E-Mail Address Prompts RICO Suit, San Francisco Recorder, August 1, 1995 (describing the Fry’s Electronics v. Octave Systems suit).
Dan L. Burk, Trademarks Along the Infobahn, Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, available at www.urich.edu/~jolt/v1i1/burk.html (a very good summary of issues).
Carnivores Prey Upon Animal Group’s Name, San Jose Mercury News, February 16, 1996 at 1C (describing how a “pro-meat” group expropriated peta.org).
James Evans, In Cyberspace, a Company by Any Other Name Might Be Missing Out, San Francisco Daily Journal, Wednesday, July 28, 1995 at 1.
James Evans, Fight over Names on the Net Turns Into a Battle over ‘Crime’, San Francisco Daily Journal, August 2, 1995 at 2 (describing Fry’s Electronic’s, Inc. v. Octave Systems, Inc.).
Simson L. Garfinkel, On the Net, Name Wars Accelerate, San Jose Mercury News, August 28, 1995 at IF.
Simson L. Garfinkel, Beware: Net Addresses Hijacked, San Jose Mercury News, February 12, 1996 at IE (describing how easy it is for interlopers to reregister domain names at InterNic).
Simson L. Garfinkel, Trademarks Face a Brave New World—The Internet, San Jose Mercury News, February 26, 1996 at 1E (describing domain name hijacking involving the names billclinton.com, canadadry.com, bdalton.com, bauschlomb.com, readersdigest.com, and capitolrecords.com and the dilemma faced by a person named Mark Newton who registered newton.com only to hear from Apple).
Chris Gulker, Firm Must Alter Name on Internet, San Francisco Examiner, October 6, 1994, at E1.
Ray Hartwell and Steven Demon, Courts Unclear Whether Internet Names Infringe, National Law Journal, May 8, 1995.
Internet Address Collector Voluntarily Gives Up His Claims to Names, San Jose Mercury News, September 9, 1994 at 1D (describing how Jim Cashel voluntarily gave up 18 domain names, including “hertz” and “trump”).
Martin P. J. Krantz, Use of Trademark on Internet Can Be Problem, Les Nouvelles, December 1995 at 186.
Anthony Lazarus, Trademark Laws Clash with First Come, First-Served Domain Registration, Digital Media, June 8, 1994 at 37.
David Loundy, Trademark Attorneys Discover Cyberspace, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 9, 1995, at 6, available at www.leepfrog.com/E-Law/CDLB/Trademark.html.
MTV v. Curry, 867 F. Supp. 202 (S.D.N.Y. 1994). This case settled under a cloak of confidentiality.
Carl Oppedahl, Advise Clients in Internet Domain Names that Infringe Trademarks, New York Law Journal, February 14, 1995, at 5, available at www.patents.com/nylj1.html.
Carl Oppedahl, Avoiding the Traps in the New Rules for Registering a Domain Name, New York Law Journal, August 8, 1995 at 5, available at www.patents.com/nylj3.sht.
Carl Oppedahl, Changes in Domain-Name Rules Could Result in Ownership Loss, New York Law Journal, November 28, 1995 at 5, available at www.patents.com/nylj4.sht.
David Plotnikoff, An Internet Traveler Sends a McMessage, San Jose Mercury News, October 8, 1994 at 6C (updating McDonald’s response to Quittner’s registration of mcdonalds.com).
John S. Quarterman and Smoot Carl-Mitchell, Domain Names: Your Identity on the Net, Microtimes (Northern Cal. Edition), October 19, 1994 at 84.
Joshua Quittner, Billions Registered, Wired, October 1994 at 50, available at www.hotwired.com/wired/2.10/departments/electrosphere/mcdonalds.html.
Joshua Quittner, You Deserve a Break Today, Newsday, October 7, 1994, at A5.
Mark F. Radcliffe and Maureen S. Dorney, Tension Between Parallel Universes, Intellectual Property Supplement to the San Francisco Recorder, Winter 1996 at 40.
Roadrunner Computer Systems, Inc. v. Network Solutions, Inc. See www.patents.com/nsi.sht. This involves a suit against Network Solutions seeking to enjoin the application of NSI’s policy regarding reassignment of domain names upon complaint by the purported trademark holders.
Jefferson F. Scher, Observing Netiquette, San Francisco Daily Journal, April 21, 1995 at 5.
Joel Snyder, The Name Game, Internet World, November 1995 at 122, available at www.opus1.com/www/jms/iw-nov95.html.
Stewart Ugelow, Address for Success: Internet Name Game, Washington Post, August 11, 1994, at Al, available at
Video Jockey Butts Heads With MTV over Internet, The Plain Dealer, May 25, 1994 at 6C.
Mark Voorhees, Trademark Suit Strikes at Belly of the Internet Beast, Information Law Alert, February 24, 1995 (describing KnowledgeNet’s suit against D.L. Boone & Co. and several entities connected with InterNIC for giving out knowledgenet.com to Boone). (This case was settled; see Information Law Alert, July 7, 1995).
Mark Walsh, New ‘Net Program Hunts Down Trademark Pirates, San Francisco Recorder, March 18, 1996 at 2 (describing MarkWatch, a service offered by Datalytics that will use agents to identify trademark infringements on the Net).
Mark Walsh, Master of its Own Domain, San Francisco Recorder, March 5, 1996 at 1 (describing the litigation over www.candyland.com). See also Court Says Porno Operator Can’t Use Toymaker’s Name, Newsbytes, February 7, 1996.
www.lectlaw.com/lll.html (describing a dispute over the use of the domains “interlaw.org” and “inter-law.com”).
California SB Bill 1533 (introduced February 14, 1996) (pending legislation which makes the unauthorized use of a trademark over the Internet an act of unfair competition and is grounds for injunction, $1,000 in damages and attorney’s fees. The sysop may also remove infringing marks if based on good faith and in reliance upon credible information).
This Bibliography is prepared by Eric Schlachter, Esq. Eric Schlachter is an attorney practicing in cyberspace law with the Silicon Valley law firm of Cooley Godward Castro Huddleson & Tatum. He has a law degree and an MBA in Entrepreneurial Finance from UCLA. He is an adjunct professor of Cyberspace Law at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He can be reached at email@example.com or (415) 843-5154.
Revised March 29, 1996.