The Regulation Of The Use Of Geographical Names As Domain Names Under French Law

The use of geographical names as domain names is a significant issue under French law. Abuses were committed by companies that registered as domain names certain geographical names already owned as a trademark by local authorities. As a result, several conflicts arose and the Courts clarified their position as to the use of geographical names as domain names.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What legal issues may arise in connection to the use of geographical names as domain names?
How do the Courts deal with these issues?
Are there any alternatives to litigation?

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