Wayne Rooney battles for his web domain

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You’d think he’d have enough on his plate with his World Cup antics and the new season approaching – but, according to The Register, it seems that one of Wayne Rooney’s main concerns right now is getting his website back.

The Manchester United and England striker has taken the owner of WayneRooney.com – a Mr Huw Marshall from Wrexham – to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva in order to get his web identity back. He’s not the first to do such a thing –  Jeffrey Archer recently won back his dotcom and Tom Cruise is currently battling for his – but Wayne was obviously a bit slow on the uptake when it comes to making money on the net and now seems desperate to make up for lost time by hiring lawyers to get him online, perhaps with the idea of writing a blog or serialising his memoirs? We can only hope.

The domain was purchased by Huw Marshall in April 2002. So far the WIPO has only been approached over WayneRooney.com, but if Wayne wants all the domains under his name, it could be a long legal battle. Mr Marshall also owns the .co.uk, but there’s also the .net, .org, .info, .biz, even .org.uk to consider – all of which have sold to other net entrepreneurs.

Via The Register

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Dave Walker