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Legal fight over iTunes UK domain

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The High Court has rejected the application for a judicial review brought against the UK domain name registry, Nominet, by Benjamin Cohen.

Mr Cohen is contesting Nominet's decision in March to take itunes.co.uk from him and hand it over to Apple.

He told the BBC News website he is planning to continue to fight for the web address.

Mr Cohen registered itunes.co.uk in 2000. But in March this year, he was forced to hand the web address to Apple, which has since used it to direct visitors to its iTunes music download service.

Nominet's judgement, dated the 10 March, stated that by offering to sell the domain name and by continuing to re-direct people from itunes.co.uk, Mr Cohen was abusing his registration.

In response, Mr Cohen, of Hackney, east London, accused Nominet of being biased against small businesses and applied to a High Court for a judicial review.

But the High Court has now rejected the application. The judge said it was flawed in several respects, noting that Mr Cohen had failed to use Nominet's service to resolve disputes.

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