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Last Updated: Friday, 23 April, 2004, 12:41 GMT 13:41 UK
Eminem wins cybersquatting case
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Eminem's real name is Marshall Mathers III
Rapper Eminem has won a cybersquatting case against a British company who used his name without permission.

Eminemmobile.com, which sells ringtones and picture messages, has been ordered to hand the domain name back to the star within 10 days.

The star made the complaint despite a disclaimer on the site stating it is unofficial and not connected to Eminem.

The ruling was made by the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, objected both to the use of his name on the site as well as two of his songs, Real Slim Shady and Stan.

Legitimate

A WIPO arbitrator found that Tim McIntosh and Visitair, which runs the site, had no legitimate rights to the domain name.

It will transfer back to the rapper within 10 days unless the company decides to appeal against the ruling.

Eminem is not the first rap star to use WIPO in settling a dispute over a domain name.

Other singers, including Robbie Williams, Madonna and Celine Dion have used the organisation in the past to settle similar disputes.

It is the second legal battle Eminem has been involved in this year, as he pursues a claim against Apple Computer for alleging the company used his hit single Lose Yourself in a TV advert without permission.


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