Baker & McKenzie vs 11-year old in Narnia IP row

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  • Bullies

    As I understand it, the people who registered the domain name in Scotland are just Narnia fans and hobbyists, there’s no evidence of anything that amounts to abuse. There are many homage and fan sites. To me it sounds like Baker & McKenzie might have jumped the gun. Sometimes a rather heavy-handed approach is taken right away when the other side is considered ‘bulliable’. It could be that with a gentle-handed approach one could solve it.

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  • Pro Bono

    Is there any truth in the rumours that Aslan & Overy are offering some pro bono representation?

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  • Prince Caspian would not be impressed.

    It would seem to me that if the C.S.Lewis estate can afford to hire a law firm to write a 128 page legal document explaining to an 11 year old boy that he is trying to profit at their expense, could surely hire someone for a lot less money to keep their domain names in order.

    The profit to me is from the 11 year olds that buy the books and watch the movies for which you should be grateful.

    Until the first movie it was rare for me to find anything on a book shelf relating to Narnia. Now all of a sudden because of profit we now see the estate for what it is. Here is another prime example of how to twart a childs dream, good show, I'm impressed.

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  • Suggestion

    Perhaps they should get some help from White Witch & Case.

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  • Baker & McKenzie vs 11-year old in Narnia IP

    I would have to ask; if the bullies are to be believed they failed or were too arrogant to pay the £70.00 themselves. Now if an organisation the size of the CS Lewis Company cannot put there hand in there pocket or the petty cash box for this piffling amount they do not deserve to own this name. Let their arrogance be a lesson to all bullies.

    Legitimately purchased in the open, my vote is for the boy/father to be declared the rightful owners. Let us see if the governing body has the courage to support the minnows.

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  • Only claiming to act in good faith

    Well, a quick look at the actual content of the web-site in question does not really support the position taken by the Scottish familty in this case. It doesn't look like your typical fan site.

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  • Plonkers

    128 page submissions.. sounds like approximately £3000 of work to me. Add on initial advice to clients and it is probably £4000-5000 spent already.

    If the kid is a Narnia fan then I would imagine tickets to the world premier and a shed-load of goodies would have been enough to secure transfer.

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  • Good story

    I thought the defendant seemed pretty clued up until he described Baker & McKenzie as the world's leading law firm...

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  • Quite

    Can't agree with the last post ('Plonkers') more. Very tactless of both the CS Lewis estate and Bakers to have taken the scary lawyer route, and not very cost effective either. They should have just offered him some Turkish delight.

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  • Aslan

    Have you ever seen Susan Aslan? Very appropriately, she's bright orange and has a mane. Like Gerry Halliwell crossed with Lionoe from Thundercats.

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  • Why doesn't he try...

    ...Prince (Caspian) Evans?

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  • Narnia

    CS Lewis must be turning in his grave. Not very Christian, is it?

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  • Nosy Parker

    Narnia.mobi is parked with Sedo which means someone is using NARNIA - a registered community trademark to earn money. Whether its indicating origin is far more debatable, but it is taking advantage of the reputation. Did we think its unfair advantage?

    Take away the 11 year old and this is just the Adwords problem that Ben Moshinsky has been writing about elsewhere.

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  • Deja vu?

    This Narnia story seems oddly familiar - has it been chronicled elsewhere?

    Sorry.

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  • 128 pages for a WIPO panelist to digest

    Can't imagine that a WIPO panelist receiving 128+ pages in a UDRP is going to be very happy about having to review all of that in return for a $750 fee. That's bound to get their back up. B&M should know better.

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  • Narnia

    The actual complaint is only 12 pages long. As you know, or should know, when you site a case in a UDRP, you are required to attach the entire case and if you cite numerous cases, it all adds up!


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  • SEDO parking

    yep it does go to a parking site now. I would be interested to find out whether it always did though, or whether this was changed recently with all the press attention. Richard Saville-Smith, the registrant of www.narnia.mobi, also appears to be the registrant of 78 different .com domains. Seems quite a lot for the standard man on the street....


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  • Cynicism

    There are serious cases of patent infringement then something like this comes along and it makes people cynical. It brings IP enforcement into disrepute.

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  • Very Cynical

    Who buys a present for their child and waits two years to give it to them? IMHO the father is a domain speculator (with over 40 domains) who is using the child angle for sympathy.

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  • Pots and Kettles

    Gordon, i respectfully think you are way off the mark. Nobody knows what IP is until something like this comes along. The legal field is dull enough as it is, this is a story, grow down.

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