Cybersquatters registered site in 'bad faith.'
Organizers of Britain's annual Glastonbury Festival have won a Web site domain name infringement case at the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Geneva-based WIPO has ruled that that the glastonburyfestival.com Web site, registered in September 2000 by Validweb.com, was "confusingly similar" to the Glastonbury Festival trademark.
Glastonbury's official Web site is www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk. It also controls the domain names glastonbury-festival.co.uk, glastonbury-festivals.co.uk, theglastonburyexperience.com and glastonburyfestival.tv.
Furthermore, WIPO investigators note that the respondent's Web site launched pop-up panels which offered users access to buy tickets for Glastonbury Festival, thereby attempting to make money of the goodwill connected with it.
WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center ordered that the domain name be transferred to the complainant.
The inaugural Glastonbury Festival was held in 1970 at Michael Eavis' Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset. Eavis remains organizer of the annual event, which continues to be held at the same site.
With a bill headlined by Coldplay, Kylie Minogue and the White Stripes, this year's June 24-26 event sold out 112,000 tickets in less than four hours. About 150,000 people are expected to attend. Organizers have pledged to donate at least £1 million ($1.88 million) to such charities as WaterAid, Oxfam and Greenpeace.