One of the leading Online poker forums, TwoPlusTwo, have won a case against a poker player who played professionally by the name of Russell Boyd. The case involved what TwoPlusTwo and their legal team felt was an infringement on their register name.
Boyd had opened a domain called TwoPlusTwoPoker in an attempt to leach off the traffic and success of the TwoPlusTwo site. The courts agreed that Boyd was infringing and awarded TwoPlusTwo a judgement in the amount of $60,000. This was rather a large amount considering originally only a judgement of $25,000 was requested however the presiding Judge added extra costs into his judgement in this case.
This is rather unique from a legal perspective as there are millions of sites online that carry similar names with many doing exactly as Boyd had done. How this may relate to future civil actions against those who leach of the hard work and success of other online sites is yet to be seen however it is likely that this judgement will motivate many to file cases in courts around the world.
The fact that this same type of practise is carried out in most forms of business where many will make small changes to products that have patens and are deemed legal. Why this should not apply to online websites is unknown nor has it been challenged beyond the U.S district court of appeals.