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Narnia Domain Name Sparks Legal Battle

A father who purchased a £70 domain name for his 10-year old son is now facing the prospect of a lengthy and costly battle against the estate of CS Lewis, the author of the popular Chronicles of Narnia series.

Richard Saville-Smith bought narnia.mobi for his son, a CoN fan, to use for his email address back in 2006 but has received a 128-page legal document after Baker & McKenzie, lawyers for the CS Lewis estate filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Mobi domain names could soon become very popular because of the ubiquity of web-enabled mobile phones globally; CS Lewis' estate failed to capitalise on the release of dot.mobi domain names back in 2006.

Speaking to the Guardian, Richard Saville-Smith declared "We were amazed the domain name was still free and snapped it up for Comrie, who is a big fan of the Narnia books, The people from CS Lewis must have realised they missed it, and now they want it back."

The number of arguments involving domain name buyers and Intellectual property owners has been growing in the past few years because of the increasing number of internet users coupled with the fact that there are literally dozens of top level domains that entities and organisations need to purchase to make sure that no squatters.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.