The Paris Court of Appeal rules that cybersquatting infringes free competition principle (Hôtels Méridiens)

A cybersquatting case having given rise to a litigation between Hôtels Méridiens and a company providing Internet domain names (thereinafter “The Online Player” or “The OP”) gave the Paris Court of Appeal a new opportunity to render a judgement concerning the necessary complementary nature of the free competition principle, attached to trade and industry freedom, and the intellectual property rights. An Internet user, who had registered the “hotelmeridien.fr” domain name, offered it for sale for 10.000 euros through the OP. Besides, the OP offered for sale other domain names that were quasi-similar or identical to the Hôtels Méridiens trademarks. Two of the domain names offered for sale led to a web page offering hypertext links for competitors' websites. Considering that these facts

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Bénédicte de Carlan, Anne-Marie Pecoraro, Nassim Terki, The Paris Court of Appeal rules that cybersquatting infringes free competition principle (Hôtels Méridiens), 7 March 2007, e-Competitions March 2007, Art. N° 13630

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