The Paris Commercial Court orders a search engine and an online advertiser to pay damages to a company whose name and domain name have both been used in the Adwords program (Cobrason / Google, Home Ciné Solutions)

Google France and Home Ciné Solutions (HCS) have been sued in France by Cobrason before the Commercial Court (Tribunal de commerce) of Paris. Cobrason claims that HCS is using both its company title (Cobrason) and its domain name (Cobrason.com) in the form of keywords it had purchased from Google-provided Adwords, with a view to attracting Internet users to its web site. Cobrason took also action against Google France for having made the transaction with HCS, and sought damages from both parties. Once again, this case highlights the problematic legal status of Google's Adwords model and the risks it poses both to advertisers who use it and to Google itself. The Facts Cobrason used a bailiff's report to prove that a search for “Cobrason” on the search engine google.fr brought up a

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Christophe Roquilly, The Paris Commercial Court orders a search engine and an online advertiser to pay damages to a company whose name and domain name have both been used in the Adwords program (Cobrason / Google, Home Ciné Solutions), 23 October 2008, e-Competitions October 2008, Art. N° 23111

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