Stevie Wonder Wins Web Domain Fight
January 25, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS -- The National Arbitration Forum granted award-winning singer Stevie Wonder the rights to the Internet domain name stevie-wonder.com.
Wonder had filed a complaint with the Minneapolis-based regulatory body saying someone identified only as "Lad" was using stevie-wonder.com for a Web page featuring information about musicians with links to various commercial Web pages.
An arbitrator ruled the artist had common law rights to the Stevie Wonder trademark and found the Web address to be confusingly similar. He also said "Lad" registered and used the domain name in bad faith by not seeking Wonder's permission or consent. The arbitrator further ruled "Lad" had no legitimate right to the domain name and ordered it transferred to Wonder.