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BBC ban Teletubbies internet site.

The Beeb have cracked down on unofficial web sites for the Teletubbies.

They e-mailed fans of the cult TV programme and ordered them to remove pictures and texts by BBC lawyers.

But now the BBC have promised to set up an official site on the Net.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "We cannot be seen to be making an exception for any of our protected trademarks.

"Some had content we felt was unsuitable for children and considering they are the target audience of the TV programme we felt we had a special duty to monitor these sites."

Meanwhile, some of the website owners who were sent letters said they understood the BBC's legal position on copyright but thought it was a shame that online Tubbie fans would lose out.

One site owner, Julia, who created a site with the help of her three- year-old son, said: "I wanted the site to be educational. Some of the sites were not all together good for children, and the e-mail got rid of them. But it also got rid of the good sites too."
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Author:Ellin, Tony
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 15, 1997
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