Ownership of the itunes.co.uk domain name could end up in the U.K. High Court in an ongoing dispute between a young British businessman and Apple Computer.

LONDON -- Ownership of the itunes.co.uk domain name could end up in the U.K. High Court in an ongoing dispute between a young British businessman and Apple Computer.

Benjamin Cohen has applied for a judicial review at the High Court after Nominet, the country's domain-name registry, ruled in Apple's favor earlier this month.

London-based Cohen tells ELW that if there are no objections to the review application, an appeals hearing could be held in three months.

The dispute began after Apple decided to extend its iTunes Music Store into the United Kingdom last year. It then learned that Cohen, CEO of music search engine CyberBritain and online retailer Quickquid.com, had registered the itunes.co.uk domain address.

Cohen says Apple offered to buy the address for $5,000. "But if we wanted to sell it, we shall be looking for at least £50,000 ($93,676)," he says.

Asked why he hadn't launched an appeal at Nominet, he says he could not afford the £3,000 ($5,620) fees plus legal costs.

Until the High Court accepts or rejects the request for a judicial review, users of iTunes.co.uk will be directed to Quickquid. Apple's U.K. iTunes customers will continue to access the music store via www.apple.com/uk/itunes.

Cohen says that he tried to sell the domain to iTunes competitor Napster, but Napster declined.

Apple declined comment.

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