Cybersquatters target Fiji coup leader

Fiji coup leader George Speight is already the victim of cybersquatters.

Fiji coup leader George Speight is already the victim of cybersquatters.

The infamous rebel joins a long list of victims, which includes Leo Blair, the newborn baby of British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The Web site, www.georgespeight.com, has been registered by Glasgow IT consultant Charles Sweeney, who runs a company registering popular names.

He registered the coup leader's name because he thought it was "unusual" and registered www.babyleo.com at the same time.

Georgespeight.com contains information on Speight, along with a link to the official Fiji government Web site.

Of course, those sharing a name with somebody famous are perfectly entitled to the domain name.

While jennyshipley.com or anything similar, will lead you nowhere, typing www.helenclark.com takes you to a real estate saleswoman in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Meanwhile, an international intellectual property tribunal has made a landmark ruling in favour of British novelist Jeanette Winterson, who wrote Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Desexing the Cherry.

She complained when Cambridge academic Mark Hogarth registered hundreds of Web sites in the names of well-known authors, hoping to sell them to the authors at a profit.

But in what is seen as a major blow against cybersquatters, the tribunal judged Hogarth acted in bad faith and ordered him to transfer the sites to the author.

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