People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. Doughney

People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals V. Doughney

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. Doughney

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. Doughney, 263 F.3d 359 (4th Cir. 2001), was an important Internet trademark decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Michael Doughney registered the domain name peta.org in 1995 and created a website called "People Eating Tasty Animals". The site described itself as "a resource for those who enjoy eating meat, wearing fur and leather, hunting and the fruits of scientific research".Sonja Barisic, , Associated Press (Jun. 20, 2000).People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sued Doughney, alleging trademark infringement, trademark dilution and cybersquatting. The case was initially heard in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and both parties cross-appealed. The circuit court affirmed the district's court ruling, which had granted summary judgment to PETA. However, the court denied PETA's cross-appeal for attorney's fees and costs, because it held that Doughney's action was not malicious.People for Ethical Treatment of Animals v. Doughney, (4th Cir. 2001).

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In 1995, Doughney registered the domain name peta.org for the fictitious organization "People Eating Tasty Animals." The website contained links to over 30 sites including some that promoted the sale of leather...
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