Family Ordered to Give Up Narnia Domain

Posted June 16, 2008 8:47 am by fantasia_kitty

Richard and Gillian Saville-Smith, who live in Edinburgh, paid 70 pounds ($140) to purchase the domain name Narnia.mobi from the Internet registration company Fasthosts in 2006 so their son could have it as an email address. They were asked to return the domain name to the C. S. Lewis company, owner of the author’s estate, but refused. The family then received a 128-page legal complaint filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Switzerland. “We’d been saving it as a surprise for our little boy’s birthday, to coincide with the release of the Narnia film,” said Mrs. Saville-Smith, referring to the British release of Walt Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. Read the full story here. Thanks to Knight of Gondor and Jints for the heads-up!