June 28, 2005

Literary estates busting cybersquatters . . .


The literary estate of Antoine de Saint-Exupery has “won a cybersquatting case to evict a Virgin Islands operator whose Web Site sells memorabilia linked to the creator of The Little Prince,” reports a Reuters wire story. The case to return antoinedesaintexupery.com, and saintexupery.com. back to the Saint-Exupery estate was decided by “three neutral arbitrators” appointed by the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which has also recently decided cases in favor of J.K. Rowling and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House.