Tom Cruise Wins TomCruise.com


Tom Cruise


Tom Cruise won an off-screen combat against a cyber-pirate who was using his name for advertising.

Action movie star Tom Cruise wins his domain namesake, TomCruise.com, from notorious cyber-squatter Jeff Burgar, who uses the sites to redirect visitors to his Celebrity1000.com Website.

Burgar had owned and operated TomCruise.com since 1996. He is well known to WIPO, the U.N.'s World Intellectual Property Organization, having previously gone before panels to argue his right to own domain names including CelineDion.com, KevinSpacey.com, PamelaAnderson.com, and BruceSpringsteen.com.

Lawyers for Cruise claimed the actor had "common law trademark and service mark rights" to the term Tom Cruise; that Burgar was making money off the actor's name through third-party ads on his Celebrity1000.com site; and that visitors to the site might be confused into believing that Cruise was somehow affiliated with it.

On the other hand, Burgar argued that the site was a fansite that included a biography of Cruise and that his use of the domain should be protected by free speech.

In fact, WIPO has awarded Cruise custody of TomCruise.com, stating in its decision that "free speech does not by definition entail a right to take unfair commercial advantage of a trademark", and thus ordering Burgar who had been operating the site to turn the URL over to its rightful owner.

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Kenya Moore Finally Reveals Husband's Face and Name in New Instagram Post
  2. Bella Thorne Almost Spills Out of Her Tiny Top as She Parties at EDC Las Vegas - Watch the Video
  3. Iggy Azalea Goes Commando in Racy Lace-Up Dress at MMVAs, Nikki Bella Rocks Plunging Sheer Gown
  4. Taylor Swift Enlists Jack Antonoff and Ryan Adams for New Album
  5. Lena Dunham Goes Topless in New Racy Selfie
  6. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Talks to Put Divorce on Hold
  7. Beyonce and Jay-Z's Twin Babies' Names Allegedly Revealed!
  8. Are They Okay? Beyonce and Jay-Z's Twins Remain in Hospital Due to 'Minor' Health Issue
  9. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Spend a Whooping $30K for North's Preschool
  10. 'Godzilla 2' Cast, Plot and New Creatures Are Confirmed as Filming Begins

CELEBS PHOTO