Domain name company promises court never to use disputed names again

New Zealand's litigation on the domain name issue has been settled. Last year Cadbury, Fuji Xerox and Sanyo sued Wellington-based Domain Name Company after it registered the names of the three firms with the Internet Society and offered those names for sale.

New Zealand’s litigation on the domain name issue has been settled.

Last year Cadbury, Fuji Xerox and Sanyo sued Wellington-based Domain Name Company after it registered the names of the three firms with the Internet Society and offered those names for sale.

In the Auckland High Court the Domain Name Company has agreed to a permanent injunction against it ever using the names again.

“We’re highly delighted with the outcome,” says Cadbury Confectionary company secretary John Crawford.

The DNC is still operating, though, and its Web site is offering for sale or lease such names as hp.co.nz, bankcard.co.nz, warehouse.co.nz and visa.co.nz. Some of these are priced at $20,000 to sell and $2000 per year to lease.

DNC director David Ward was unable to be contacted.

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