Deception Is Common In Political Web Sites
Article describing politicians' prodigious keyword piracy. Article
found Dan Quayle to be most prodigious pirate (among non-pirated keywords
on Quayle's site was "potatoe").
Enterprises v. Welles, No. 98-CV-0413-K JFS (SD CA, April 22,
Press account of Playboy's suit against its former playmate, Terri Welles.
Welles erected a website featuring her work; the site used Playboy's trademarked
terms "Playboy" and "Playmate" in its metatags. The
court denied Playboy's motion for a preliminary injunction, ruling that
Welles had made fair use of the terms. The 9th Circuit affirmed. Welles'
site contains a page with most of the pleadings
and orders in the case. Warning: the page contains links to non-legal
Corp. v. Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc., No. Civ.A. 98-11629-REK
(D. Mass., Nov. 18, 1998)
Both plaintiff and defendant manufacture lead testing equipment. Defendant
used plaintiff's name and names of its products in its own metatags. Court
granted preliminary injunction to plaintiff on unfair competition cause
Communications, Inc. v. West Coast Entertainment Corp., 174 F.3d 1036
(9th Cir. 1999)
Coast, a video retailer, used the term "moviebuff" in its metatags.
Brookfield, which runs a movie database site, "MovieBuff.com,"
alleged trademark infringement. Court held
West Coast's use of term in metatags led to "initial interest confusion,"
in which search engine users looking for MovieBuff.com's site might visit
West Coast's site and stop looking for MovieBuff.com, despite no confusion
over sponsorship of the two sites. Court distinguished both Niton