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Aimster loses domain name to AOL

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 21 May 2001 13:06

P2P developer Aimster has lost their fight with AOL over their domain name. AOL has claimed that Aimster's name is too similiar to AOL's AIM instant messenger program. And actually there's a good reason for it -- Aimster works with AIM, kinda "piggybacks" with it and allows users to share MP3s and other file formats within their buddylists.
The three-lawyer National Arbitration Forum panel found by a 2-1 margin that domain names registered by Aimster, including Aimster.com and A1mster.com, violate AOL's trademarks and that Aimster has to give the rights to these domains to AOL.

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