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Disney Wins UK Star Wars Domain Battle

     
4:21 pm on Jul 9, 2015 (gmt 0)

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What surprises me is that it's taken until now for thsi ruling. Surely, Disney must have been all over this like a rash a long time ago! Or, perhaps not. Perhaps Disney was badly advised in the first instance.

There's still the chance for an appeal, but, there's a whole bunch of other star wars domains there, too, which Nominet has ruled should be handed over.

The British company uses the address as a way to direct shoppers to a section of its Jokers' Masquerade store dedicated to Star Wars-themed costumes.

It has owned the domain name for more than a decade, and was asked to surrender it last year but refused.

Now, Nominet - which oversees .uk domains - has ruled it must do so. Disney Wins UK Star Wars Domain Battle [bbc.co.uk]
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Disney only recently (2012-13?) bought LucasFilm, so basically did jump on this right away, as it does with anything IP-related. Why the original company didn't pursue it is anyone's guess.
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I wouldn't call that recent, but as you say, why it wasn't sorted out many years ago, who knows!

I found the news on that and its dated 31 October 2012 [bbc.co.uk...]

Perhaps they've been asking nicely for three years.
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Strange all around, but Disney doesn't usually ask nicely when it comes to IP, they're tigers. Maybe if LucasFilm hadn't been putting a priority on IP it might have taken the Disney folks some time to sort out the different properties.