The Scottish family at the centre of a dispute over narnia.mobi has lost control of the domain name following a decision by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
The dispute was between Richard Saville-Smith, who lives with his family in Edinburgh, and CS Lewis Ltd, which controls the rights to the works of CS Lewis. Saville-Smith says he was planning to let his son use the domain for his email address. Check out our previous posting for full background on the story.
The full text of the WIPO ruling can be found over on the organisation’s website. But in short, the panel ordered Saville-Smith to give control of the domain to CS Lewis Ltd. As the decision explains:
“…the Panel cannot envision any plausible, good faith basis upon which the Respondent [Saville-Smith] could have concluded that he was free to appropriate the Complainant’s [CS Lewis Ltd.] distinctive and widely known NARNIA mark for use as a personal email address…”
The decision has recently been covered on the BBC and Telegraph websites. And just before the decision was reached, Scotland on Sunday published an interesting piece by Gillian Fergusson, wife of Saville-Smith.
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