has won a longstanding trademark dispute with

The website launched its bid back in 2008 and filed an official complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in October of last year.

According to the website, the misuse of was a major infringement of brand rights, rights which the company said it had built up over several years. was, until very recently, owned by Craig Pratka, a New York resident who was using the site as a portal to

WIPO agreed with that the .com equivalent was being used to mislead Web users and redirect them to a rival site.

The organization’s arbitration panel said that Pratka was “intentionally attempting to attract Internet users to his website for commercial gain.”

Earlier this month, WIPO held a global online piracy conference in Paris, France. WIPO’s director-general Francis Gurry said WIPO was hoping to usher in a new era of respect for online intellectual property rights. wins trademark dispute
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