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Jimi Hendrix family wins domain name

Jimi Hendrix
Hendrix, right, died in London in 1970  

GENEVA -- The family of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix has won a battle in cyberspace after a United Nations arbitrator awarded it the rights to the Internet domain name jimihendrix.com.

Experience Hendrix, run by his half sister Janie L. Hendrix, took its case against Denny Hammerton of Minneola, Florida, to the UN World Intellectual Property Organization, which ruled that Hammerton should hand over the Web address.

U.S.-based Experience Hendrix, which owns and administers copyrights relating to the guitarist, said Hammerton had previously offered to sell names including elvispresley.net, jethrotull.com, lindamccartney.com, mickjagger.com and paulmccartney.com. It submitted copies of Web pages from a resale site where the name jimihendrix.com was being offered for sale for $1 million.

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Arbitrator Marylee Jenkins ruled that Hammerton had showed "a pattern of such conduct of registering and offering for sale domain names incorporating well-known names."

Hammerton registered the site in the name of The Jimi Hendrix Fan Club, but Jenkins said he was not operating it as a fan club address or in connection with any legitimate offer of goods or services.

Experience Hendrix operates an official website at www.jimi-hendrix.com. Hendrix died in London in 1970.



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