Rocker Bruce Springsteen, aka The Boss, has been rebuked in his attempt to
win rights to an existing Web site bearing his name, AP reports.
A three-member panel in Geneva, Switzerland, refused to
grant the New Jersey rock star's request that a Canadian man and his fan club
relinquish their Web address, www.brucespringsteen.com.
The loss before the World Intellectual Property Association was a rare one for a celebrity. Actresses Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman, singer Madonna and others have taken such disputes to the panel and won.
The tribunal ruled that the Canadian, Jeff Burgar, had
demonstrated he had some rights or legitimate interest in the Web address name.
They also said Springsteen failed to show the name was registered and used in
bad faith, noting Springsteen had no evidence that Burgar ever tried to sell the