Narnia Estate Chronicles Lawsuit Over Domain
CS Lewis’ estate is furious over the registration of narnia.mobi by an individual in Scotland and wants the domain reassigned.
An Edinburgh couple who claim to have wanted the domain as a birthday gift for their son may have to give him a lesson in copyrights as a gift. The estate, bolstered by its legacy being produced for movies, wants the domain handed over to it.
The BBC said Richard Saville-Smith faces the wrath of Lewis’ benefactors, who filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization.
“Our whole family are great admirers of CS Lewis and he must be turning in his grave about all this,” Saville-Smith’s wife Gillian said in the report.
The family’s stated intention for the domain would not be a commercial one. However, purchasing the name of such a well-known property seems an unwise move.
Hope may exist for the Saville-Smiths, however. Rogers Cadenhead managed to defeat MGM in a battle for wargames.com. MGM plans a sequel to the 1983 movie and wanted Wargames.com for itself; Cadenhead sells wargames at the site and managed to hold off MGM in arbitration.