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Username: Garry Anderson
Date/Time: Sun, September 16, 2001 at 10:29 AM GMT
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Subject: playuk.tv - only after failed reverse hijack

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Play UK is part of the UKTV group.

It was UK Play - UKTV have several channels:

All UK followed by name - UK Play, UK Drama, UK Gold, UK Gold 2, UK Style, and UK Horizons.

They had used ukplay.co.uk for UK Play - then changed corporate image for just this channel when they liked Play UK better.

UKTV attempted to reverse hijack playuk.co.uk domain from the legal owner (my friends son) - they covetted his domain.

He registered it a year before they changed name.

He picked it because (as you know) both 'play' and 'UK' are common words - many businesses use them separately and in conjunction. They are very common generic words ‘Play’, which is anything recreational and ‘UK’, which could be for anything in the United Kingdom.

From the facts of the original solicitors letter - I basically proved UKTV admitted copying his domain name for their trademark.

I wrote email to UKTV solicitor on owners behalf - pointing out all the facts of the case.

They could not argue with these facts.

Many UK businesses use co.uk in preference to show location - as a matter of pride.

e.g. the BBC are using bbc.co.uk instead of their bbc.com (which believe they paid 200,000 UKP)

Play UK are using playuk.tv - what losers.
 

Link: WIPO.org.uk


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