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Wednesday, 8 November, 2000, 13:25 GMT
Delon wins web address fight
Alain Delon
Delon is the latest celebrity to fight for control of his name on the internet
French-born actor Alain Delon has won his legal fight at the United Nations to gain control over the use of his name as an internet domain address.

The UN World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) awarded Delon - and his company - the rights to the internet address alaindelon.com.

The 65-year-old actor owns the Geneva-based firm Alain Delon Diffusion SA.

Delon complained to the UN agency after he discovered the web address was being used by a company based in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Turkish organisation Unimetal Sanayi ve Tic failed to reply to the complaint from Delon.

UN arbitrator David Perkins ruled: "There is no basis for finding that the respondent in this case can have had any good faith basis for registering the domain name in issue."

Career

Delon, who earlier this year became a Swiss citizen, has been one of France's leading actors for more than 40 years.

He came to prominence in 1960 with his starring role in the Rene Clement adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith thriller, Plein Soleil.

He went on to win critical acclaim the following year for his performance in Luchino Visconti's Rocco and his Brothers.

Madonna
Madonna also went to the WIPO

Further triumphs followed in films by notable directors such as Michaelangelo Antonioni, and Joseph Losey.

His last film was Les Acteurs, from director Bertrand Blier, which came out in France in April.

Although he has taken on a variety of characters, Delon is probably best-known for playing a tough-nut policeman and occasionally a killer.

He has also made headlines over the years for his relationships with a number of beautiful women, including actress Romy Schneider.

Delon is the latest of a number of celebrities to battle for control over the use of their name on the internet.

In October, pop star Madonna won her fight to use the website address madonna.com, which was being used as a pornography site.

However, British pop star Sting lost his case over the website sting.com because WIPO argued that his name was also a common English word and Sting was not his real name.

WIPO has adjudicated on more than 500 cases, with the plaintiff winning 84% of the cases, since it started last year.

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