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DC Comics Wins ManOfSteel.com Domain Name

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Posted by: Matt McGloin, Editor/Publisher
created 07/20/2011 - 2:29pm, updated 07/20/2011 - 2:31pm

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picWarner Bros. has a history of going after websites that include their character or movie names in the links.

They have previously gone after and won the rights to various domains including chasingsuperman.com, batman-costume.com, harrypotterzone.com, justice-league.com and more.

Now, it appears DC Comics has won the ManOfSteel.com domain as Fusible.com reports a decision has been made by a single-member Panel of the National Arbitration Forum that the domain name be transferred from its current owner to DC Comics.

DC Comics filed a dispute over ManOfSteel.com in June, and the panelist declared that the ManOfSteel.com is identical to the trademarks held by DC, and "the domain name was neither a bona fide offering of goods or services, nor a legitimate noncommercial or fair use."

Interestingly enough, the ManOfSteel.com is up for sale for $300.

Not sure what would happen if someone purchased the rights and set up a fan page, as that might fullfill the "legitimate noncommercial or fair use" clause. However, as the ruling came down prior to the sale, all bets are most likely off, and would just further ensue the new owner legal fees above and beyond the cost for the domain.

Once the transfer is complete, maybe this will be the official site for the Zack Snyder directed Superman reboot, the Man Of Steel.

Thanks to CBR's Robot 6 for the heads up.

Stay tuned to Cosmic Book News as more on the Man Of Steel develops.

Man Of Steel flies into theaters December 2012 directed by Zack Snyder starring, Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Diane Lane as Martha "Ma" Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan "Pa" Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as Zod, and Russel Crowe as Jor-El.

Be sure to check out the Cosmic Book News Superman Movie Hub for even more news and information.

 

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