Trademark Decision from Supreme Court Impacts Domain Names

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 5, 2003

On March 4, the Supreme Court released a unanimous decision in Moseley et al., dba v. V Secret Catalogue, Inc., et al., No. 01-1015, a trademark dilution case (Federal Trademark Dilution Act of 1995 (FTDA) at Section 43(c) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. §1125(c). According to Declan McCullagh’s article on the decision, “the justices effectively narrowed the scope of a federal trademark law that frequently is invoked in spats over domain names.”

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