TRADE MARK
Television, Artists, Internet

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) have finally admitted that they paid US $375,000 to Boston Business Computing to secure the www.bbc.com top level domain (TLD) in the late nineties. As the US firm had a legitimate claim to the acronym ‘BBC’ there was no question of bad faith or trade mark infringement and it is difficult to see how any legal challenge (usually by way of a WIPO domain name claim) would have resulted in the British Broadcasting Corporation securing the domain name. The domain is still not used fully by the BBC and just directs users to the bbc.co.uk website which is the main UK URL for the BBC. The .com domain may be used in the future for an international portal for the BBC’s website.

The Times, 9 October 2005