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Venetian Copycats Taken to Court. 2005-08-09
A federal judge in Virginia has made an official order protect copyrights of the Venetian in Las Vegas. The order will stop an internet company from using its names on web sites that are vaguely too familiar to the Venetians. This violates protection rights over the net.
In a July 28 ruling, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of Alexandria, Va., said Global DIP, a Costa Rican corporation, violated this such right. They violated the Anti-Cyber squatting Consumer Protection Act of 1999 by using the names of their company without The Venetian's consent.
The Global DIP was the culprit in this case. The court found that the defendantís domain names were similar to trademarks of the Venetian. Customers could be confused by this idea, Lee said.
More than 1,800 Internet gambling web sites made $8.4 billion in revenue last year, at a market projection of $23 billion by 2009. This is all according to Christiansen Capital Advisors. As the industry expands, others are struggling to protect their name rights.
The Venetian hired Alan Fisch, a Washington attorney, who specializes in intellectual property cases. This was all to create a lawsuit claim against Global DIP. The Venetian is just protecting their interests, and their name rights. Ron Reese spokesman for the Venetian said it was to prove a point not to profit off of others.
Mark Evens, a Washington attorney who represented Global DIP and its chief executive officer, Vincent Coyle filed notice of appeal. The appeal went to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. Evens made no further comment on the case.
(By Andrea)