- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 5, 2003

A pro-life cyber-squatter didn't go to jail yesterday, but a federal judge said William Purdy is in contempt of a court order and must pay $500 a day until he stops using a raft of domain names that include well-known corporate trademarks including that of The Washington Post.
U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery said Mr. Purdy, of South St. Paul, Minn., remains in contempt because he still had 28 domain names yesterday that took advantage of corporate trademarks. Many of the domain names pointed people to Web pages that contain pro-life information. Some have photos of aborted fetuses.
Cyber squatting cases typically involve people buying Web addresses with hopes of selling it to a company whose name resembles the address.
The 1999 Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act is intended to protect trademark holders in domain-name disputes. The law allows trademark holders to collect damages of up to $100,000 for each domain name.
The Washington Post, McDonald's Corp., Pepsico Inc., the Coca-Cola Company and WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive Co. filed suit against Mr. Purdy last year in U.S. District Court in Minnesota because he registered 68 domain names that used all or some of their corporate names.
The remaining 28 domain names are registered with a French company, and Mr. Purdy said he has informed the company he wants to discontinue use of all the names, according to Judge Montgomery's staff.
Judge Montgomery also said Mr. Purdy must stop using two new domain names he registered Monday www.iadorethewashingtonpost.com and www.ilikethewashingtonpost.com because they are confusingly similar to the newspaper's name.
Mr. Purdy, a retired railroad engineer, said before yesterday's hearing that he would continue to ignore the judge's order. But he dropped his resistance when attorneys for the companies told the judge someone in Italy had registered 52 new domain names on Monday. The new domain names include the trademark names of the companies suing Mr. Purdy and also direct people to sites critical of abortion.
"I don't know anything about it, but I'm delighted," Mr. Purdy said after the hearing.
Felicia Boyd, a Minneapolis attorney for the companies, declined comment.
Mr. Purdy has until Feb. 14 to discontinue use of the remaining 28 domain names using the trademarks of the companies that filed the lawsuit.

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