People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals v. Doughney The Facts: Who: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”) v. Doughney, former internet executive who had 50-60registered domain names at the time the suit was filed Where; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit When: 2001 What: Plaintiff alleged trademark infringement and unfair competition against the Defendant for the domain name “peta.org” The Issues: Does Doughney use of the domain name “peta.org” for “People Eating Tasty Animals” as a parody for the organization PETA infringe upon trademark rights for PETA and cause a likelihood of confusion for consumers? Doughney claimed the website content with the domain name was a parody (a free speech right) to PETA and therefore not trademark infringement The Holding: The court found Doughney’s use of the domain name likely to cause confusing for consumers and rejected his parody defense. The Rationale:
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