News Intellectual Property UK Law firms Bakers fails to follow its own advice in Narnia saga By The Lawyer 23 June 2008 09:28 13 December 2015 23:44 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Gillian Saville-Smith 23 June 2008 at 12:43 A present for a CS Lewis fan Goodness, what suspicious minds…One tries to maintain a sense of humour, but your continued use of the word ‘claims’ about our purchase of the ‘narnia.mobi’ domain name as a present for our little boy clearly implies a more sinister motive! Yet we haven’t tried to or made a bean; we’ve never sold a domain name in our lives. The domain is not ‘parked’ under any arrangement; what some of your readers have been seeing is actually a ‘holding page’ created automatically for unused domain names as common practice by internet registration companies, and not listed with any search engines. Here’s 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.” Perhaps what’s more interesting is why companies feel entitled to do this without the knowledge or permission of the domain owners; leading to the sort of confusion at the heart of this case. Being just nine when we bought the domain, we noticed our son’s birthday this year was around the time of the second film and thought it would be fun then for him and his pals to email each other ‘atNarnia’; sometimes the truth is simple…And if anyone can’t see why a parent would want to give a child who is a fan of the CS Lewis books the magical email address ‘atNarnia’, then that is a degree of cynicism to which we cannot really relate! As a fan of the books myself, I know how thrilled I would have been to have a real postal address in Narnia… Gillian Saville-Smith Reply Link Robert Morgan 23 June 2008 at 19:06 Narnia The second paragraph of Mrs Saville-Smith’s posting reminds me of John Lennon’s explanation for the title to the song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’. Far from the first letters being a veiled reference to LSD, as the pundits thought, he was emphatic that the title was no more than the product of a little boy’s fertile imagination. QED. What would Aslan make of all this? Let children be children, methinks! Reply Link Michael 24 June 2008 at 04:15 misplaced suspicion Don’t let the bastards get you down Gillian – wonderful idea for a present and I hope your son continues to enjoy it. It’s a shame that even the most innocent motives can be viewed with such cynicism. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.