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High Court issues notice to Rediff.com; Rediff says it’s just a service provider

Madras High Court has issued notice on a petition by Board of Control for Cricket in India to restrain Sandeep Goel, owner of IndianFantasyLeague.com, and Rediff.com from where Goel bought the IFL domain name, from displaying or using the said domain name.

Madras High Court has issued notice on a petition by Board of Control for Cricket in India to restrain Sandeep Goel, owner of IndianFantasyLeague.com, and Rediff.com from where Goel bought the IFL domain name, from displaying or using the said domain name.

On its part Rediff.com has said it merely provided the domain registration service to the owner of the said domain (IndianFantasyLeague.com). According to the company, Rediff offers the facility to book or register domain names as part of its subscription based services. The service can be availed by any user on its site under Rediff Business Solutions.

“Rediff.com provides the domain registration service on ‘as is where is’ and ‘first come first serve’ basis as per the service terms and conditions available online. As such Rediff.com cannot be held liable for any loss or claim that may arise due to the BCCI’s case against one Mr. Sandeep Goel for using the domain name indianfantasyleague.com,” Rediff has said.

BCCI, which claims the domain name Indian Fantasy League (IFL) is ‘deceptively similar’ to its trademark Indian Premier League (IPL), has appealed Madras High Court to order Sandeep Goel and Rediff to render account of all the profits earned by them using the ‘impugned’ trademark IFL. BCCI has also appealed the High Court to order Sandeep Goel and Rediff to pay Rs 10 lakh as damages. [Source: Hindu]

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