have won an injunction against a team of four people who
were using the ''Tata'' name as part of their domain name,
on the internet. This group was using the domain name
www.tatagroup.com. The Tata management warned the group
to cease and desist from using this name. When the group
refused to comply with the request, the Tata group filed
a case against it in the Delhi High Court.
has ordered that the four concerned parties in the case
cannot use the domain name www.tatagroup.com, cannot sell
it or use it for advertisements.
case, again with the Tata brand name, in January 1999,
the Tata group had found to its dismay, that it could
not use many of its group companies'' name as they
were, on the net. This was because, the unique names,
such as www.tatapower.com, www.tatahydro.com, www.ratantata.com,
www.jrdtata.com, www.tatapowerco.com were all reserved
by one Kosuri. In a case, between Tata Sons and Manu Kosuri,
the court gave an injunction in favour of Tata Sons.
important point in the www.tatagroup.com case is that
Network Solutions Inc. of the US -- the body that
registers names in the ''.com'' category of web addresses
-- transferred the domain names under dispute to the Delhi
High Court, and also agreed to abide by its order.
two rulings by the court are expected to have pathbreaking
consequences. Before these, there have been no significant
rulings on the internet in India. The recent rulings show
the direction internet governance will take in the future.