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

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  • Your suspicious minds...

    Goodness me, what suspicious minds, as the song says! We haven’t tried to or made a bean! The domain is not ‘parked’; you are seeing a ‘holding page’ created as common practice by internet registration companies, and not listed with any search engines. Here is the statement from the registration company going to WIPO: “I am happy to state on behalf of Fasthosts that the redirection of the domain name narnia.mobi to a holding page maintained by [parent company] Sedo was not the result of a request on the part of Richard Saville-Smith. I am also happy to confirm that Richard Saville-Smith has not sought to benefit and has not benefited financially in any way whatsoever from this domain name through this redirection.” Clear enough now?!

    We’ve never sold a domain name in our lives. If it’s anyone’s business, we have quite a number of domain names as we have quite a number of businesses and interests – e.g. we have run a media consultancy exclusively for charities for ten years – we are launching an internet poetry venture – and a major new children’s charity – along with various related to me as poet and columnist – and, of course, we bought some light-hearted ones for presents to allow amusing email addresses. Not very sinister. The Narnia domain was available when the new ‘.mobi’ domains went on general sale to the public as the CS Lewis Company failed to register it in the private three month period given to all trademark holders. Being just nine when we bought the domain, we noticed his May birthday this year was around the time of the second film - and if you can’t see why an email address ‘atNarnia’ is magical for a boy who is a fan of the books, then you’re not a fan yourself… We’d like to say how we have been overwhelmed with offers of legal support and thanks SO much to all of them. Especially the fantastic Matheson, Ormsby, Prentice who are kindly sorting out our amateur Response for Monday’s deadline. Gillian Saville-Smith

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  • Suspicion justified!

    Yes, they haven't made 'a bean' yet, they were clearly hoping for a nice pay-off from the CS Lewis Estate!

    Why would they register 'thequeen.mobi' and 'uspresident.mobi' as well if not in the hope of making 'a bean' at a later stage? Funnily enough, that is precisely what domain speculators do! I can't believe there are lawyers falling for the child angle and offering free help, quite depressing really.

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