Bruce Springsteen v. Jeff Burgar and Bruce Springsteen Fan Club

Case # D2000-1532 (2001)

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Bruce Springsteen v. Jeff Burgar and Bruce Springsteen Fan Club

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
Case # D2000-1532 (2001)

Facts

Jeff Burgar (defendant) registered the website brucespringsteen.com. When Internet users entered brucespringsteen.com, they would be redirected to Burgar’s own site about celebrities. As part of the domain-name registration process, Burgar agreed to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP). Under the UDRP, Burgar agreed that if anyone claimed there was a problem with the domain name, Burgar would submit to administrative proceedings before a private panel of experts in domain-name law. Bruce Springsteen (plaintiff) owned and operated brucespringsteen.net. Springsteen submitted a claim under the UDRP, arguing that Burgar’s use of the domain name brucespringsteen.com violated Springsteen’s common law right to his own name.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Harris)

Dissent (Page)

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