BADLY DOTCOM BOY

The domain name has already been registered by a couple of Irish fans...

Badly Drawn Boy‘s management are set to launch a legal battle over his web domain name.

An official site can be found at www.badlydrawnboy.co.uk. However, after his victory at the Mercury Music Prize, it emerged that his management were offered the more universal www.badlydrawnboy.com for a figure of #10,000.

On January 26, 2000, the domain was registered to Patrick Garry from County Dublin. It will expire two years after that date. Speaking for Garry, his brother Damien claimed that the site had been initially set up as a fan forum. When the location is accessed, a message appears saying the site is licensed to Garry.

Damien Garry told nme.com that after his brother’s offer was turned down, a solicitor’s letter was sent out “basically trying to bully us into handing it over, which we are not going to do”.

Dotcom franchises exist under American legislation, and under intellectual property law, domain names registered under another organisation’s trading name can be awarded back by courts. Badly Drawn Boy‘s management are currently considering whether to take action.

Meanwhile, lawyers letters have been exchanged over the rights to www.madonna.com, after the name was registered to businessman Dan Parisi. He now claims to be planning to donate the name to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, a charitable foundation in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Madonna‘s official sites can be found at www.madonnafanclub.com and www.madonnamusic.com.