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Bus station sues over domain name

THE Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Station has sued a plastic machinery company that registered seven Chinese network domains in the name of the bus station, Huangpu District People's Court said yesterday.

The bus station planned to establish its own website at the end of last year to make it easier to book tickets online. However, when it applied for a domain name, it was informed the name had already been registered.

The bus station discovered that Riyi Machinery, based in Zhangjiagang in Shanghai's neighboring Jiangsu Province, had registered seven Chinese network domain names the bus station could have used - with different suffixes, such as .net, .cn, .com, .cc - in August 2006.

In an attempt to win its domain name back, the bus station company contacted Mainone Information and Technology, a domain name supplier that helped Riyi register the seven domain names. Mainone suggested the company buy the domain names from Riyi.

The company refused and launched a lawsuit against both Riyi and Mainone.

Riyi Machinery demanded 72,000 yuan (US$11,300) to transfer the domain names to the bus station company, according to court records.


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