Organizers of Denmark's annual Roskilde Festival have won a Web site domain-name infringement case at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
LONDON -- Organizers of Denmark's annual Roskilde Festival have won a Web site domain-name infringement case at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Geneva-based WIPO ruled that four separate domain names registered by Martin Vindheim of Farsund, Norway, were either identical or "confusingly similar" to the Roskilde Festival registered trademark.
The domain names in question were roskilde-festival.com, roskilde-festival.info, roskilde-festival.biz and roskildefestival.biz. The event's official Web site is roskilde-festival.dk.
Moreover, WIPO notes that the respondent attempted to sell or rent the domain names to the complainant or others, thereby attempting to make money off of the goodwill connected with festival.
WIPO's Arbitration and Mediation Center ordered that the domain names be transferred to the complainant.
Foreningen Roskilde Festival filed the case with WIPO on April 21 (case no. D2004-0285).
The Roskilde Charity Society organizes the festival, which is held 22 miles west of Copenhagen. It is a non-profit event that employs 18 full time staffers and enlists the help of thousands of paid volunteers.
The inaugural Roskilde Festival in 1971 was attended by about 10,000 music fans. That number has risen to more than 110,000 during recent editions.