Abortion Activist Accused of Cybersquatting by W.Va. Paper

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(AP) A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday against an anti-abortion protester accused of cybersquatting by the parent company of the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail (Click for QuikCap).

MediaNews Group Inc. of Denver says John Barry of New York has infringed on the newspaper’s trademark by purchasing the Internet domain name charlestondailymail.com. The newspaper’s Web site address is dailymail.com.

Barry’s Web site redirected visitors to an anti-abortion Web site. His site has been unavailable since a temporary restraining order took effect last week when the newspaper posted $500 bond.

U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin ruled Monday that the newspaper company is likely to prevail when a full hearing is held on the case. A hearing has not been scheduled.

Neither Barry nor anyone representing him appeared in court.

In October, The Tennessean (Click for QuikCap) newspaper in Nashville won an arbitration ruling against Barry in a similar case. Barry registered the Web domain name thetennessean.com, which redirected visitors to a Web site that features photographs of aborted fetuses.

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