An article in the National Post today, highlighted a decision recently made by the Ontario Court of Appeal that “Internet domain names can be characterized as personal property”.
The case, between Toronto-based internet services company Tucows Inc., and Lojas Renner SA, a Brazilian subsidiary of U.S. retailer J.C. Penney Co., stems from a dispute over the domain name renner.com.
When Renner took its complaint to the Uniform Dispute Resolution Panel (UDRP), Tucows started a court action in Ontario for a declaration that it has rights to the name and is not using it in bad faith.
The counsel for Renner raises the concern that this decision undermines the UDRP process by allowing a foreign entity to become a defendant in an Ontario court case.
See nationalpost.com/Domain+names+recognized+property/5264555/story.html fore more details.