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Lord of the Rings: Return of the domain

The World Intellectual Property Organization ruled on Tuesday that  a Canadian-based operator that registered had no legitimate rights.
/ Source: Reuters

The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien won a cybersquatting case Tuesday as the final installment of the film trilogy based on his books, "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," continued to top the worldwide box office.

Alberta Hot Rods, a Canadian-based operator that registered and linked it to its commercial celebrity Web site, was found to have no legitimate rights, the World Intellectual Property Organization said in a ruling.

The group has already lost domain name cases brought by actors Pierce Brosnan and Pamela Anderson, and author Michael Crichton. Tolkien's estate has given publishers Harper Collins exclusive license over the sale of books, audio tapes and other merchandise related to the late Oxford academic.

WIPO, a United Nations agency that protects patents and copyrights, names independent arbitrators to decide Internet domain name cases in a speedy, low-cost procedure. If there is no court appeal, domain names must be transferred 10 days after a ruling.