Tribunal ruling 
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A SHEFFIELD man whose website ‘imitated and impersonated’ the consumer magazine WHICH? will have to give up his ‘abusive’ domain name after a tribunal ruling.

Jeanpaul Huntington, of Church Street, Ecclesfield, brought down the wrath of Which? Limited, a charity founded as The Consumers Association in 1957, when he registered the domain name ‘whichmagazine.org.uk’ in January.

Lawyers for the charity were swiftly on to Mr Huntington and his website’s content was taken down in March, leaving just a blank page.

However, the Dispute Resolution Service run by Nominet has now ordered Mr Huntington to hand over the disputed domain name to the scandalised charity.

Nominet expert Stephen Bate said Mr Huntington had the charity in mind when he registered the ‘detrimental and unfair’ domain name.

Forcing him to hand over his domain name to Which? Limited was the only way of removing ‘the implicit threat’ that he might 
resume using it to ‘imitate and impersonate’ the charity and ‘unfairly disrupt’ the work it does in the public interest.