08:00 Friday 07 December 2012

Collector told to Lego of his domain name

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

AN unsuspecting collector got more than he bargained for when he encountered the full force of toy giants Lego.

online generic 1Paul Weston, of Brittany Avenue, Ashby, found himself being approached by representatives of the company after a website he set up was deemed to be infringing copyright laws — bringing a whole new meaning to the term Lego blocks.

Mr Weston’s ‘legorus.co.uk’ was judged to be too close to the website used by the toy giants who subsequently demanded he hand over the name to them.

Avid collector Mr Weston insisted he was simply looking for a place where he could show off his collection that he and his son had amassed when setting up the site.

After creating the site, Mr Weston said he didn’t think much about it until being contacted by the company, who decided the name was too close to the company’s own ‘lego.com’.

Accountant Mr Weston admitted he was astounded at the reaction his site received.

He said: “They got in touch with me to say they objected to me using that particular name. I wasn’t really bothered about the name, and I didn’t mind losing the tenner I had paid to register it, but I was absolutely shocked.

“I was thinking ‘I’m just an innocent collector interested in Star Wars Lego’, it was nothing malicious — I wasn’t trying to set up my own mini Lego shop.”

Despite Mr Weston’s protests, Nominet, the UK’s internet domain name dispute resolution service, ruled he had made an ‘abusive registration’ in creating the web address, and was ordered to transfer the domain name to the company.

Carl Gardner, from Nominet, said: “The complainant has, to my reasonable satisfaction, shown rights in respect of a name or mark which is identical or similar to the domain name. The complainant has, to my reasonable satisfaction, shown that the domain name ‘legorus.co.uk’ is an abusive registration.”

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