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Sting loses cybersquatting suit.

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British pop musician Sting has failed to evict a 'cybersquatter' from using the web address www.sting.com, failing to prove that his name was a trademark.

The owner of the web site, Michael Urvan, claims he has owned the web address for eight years, but accused of registering the name in the hope of making money from selling it to the singer according to the BBC.

Sting, born Gordon Sumner, took the case to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva but the agency concluded that the singer had failed to prove that the name had been registered in bad faith and that his name was a trademark.

The WIPO also ruled that the name was a common English word with multiple meanings in the dictionary which Urvan had used in e-mail and Internet addresses for some time.

According to the BBC, Sting also claimed that Urvan had offered to sell the site to him for GBP16,500 but Urvan denied the claim and Sting's lawyers had no evidence to support it.

Sting is reportedly the first celebrity to suffer such a defeat.

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