IDG's internet listing publication Net Magazine, launched late last year, is to be renamed Internet Magazine after a rival publisher took it to court over its similarity to its own internet listing publication.
Auckland's Industrial Press was granted an interim injunction late last year after it claimed IDG Communications, which also publishes Computerworld, launched Net Magazine in a format too similar to its own NetGuide publication and that this was confusing the market.
At the hearing last week, Justice Robert Fisher instructed IDG to change the name of its publication. "We'll be complying with the court's instruction that we expand the abbreviation 'Net' in its title to the full word 'Internet'," says IDG managing director Martin Taylor.
"We strongly believe the names 'Net' and 'NetGuide' are distinct and different, but we're happy to comply in the meantime pending further consideration," says Taylor.
Both magazines will retain their A5-sized format. Internet Magazine will be on newstands on February 13, Taylor says.
Taylor says the original claim by NetGuide that newsstand purchasers were confused was dramatically exaggerated.