'Baywatch' star wins control of Net name

Former "Baywatch" star Carmen Electra has won control of the Internet name www.carmenelectra.com in a ruling by a United Nations panel, a U.N. spokeswoman said Thursday.

An arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organization ordered the transfer of the domain name to the 31-year-old actress, who had complained that it was being used in bad faith to divert Internet traffic to a commercial site, Celebrity1000, said WIPO spokeswoman Samar Shamoon.

Lang noted that a U.N. panel also had held in favor of James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan against the same Web address registrant. A number of celebrities have already won the Internet version of their names back from Network Operations Center -- also known as Alberta Hot Rods -- or the man who controls it, Jeff Burgar.

They include Michael Crichton, Kevin Spacey, Pamela Anderson, Celine Dion and Bruce Springsteen. On Tuesday, the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien won a similar case against the same operation.

News source: CNN

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