Merchandising, Promotion & Services (I.M.P.S)
the company that licenses smurfs has been busy lately.
They decided that the use of the words smurf, smurfs
and all their translations within a WWW domain name
was infringing on their copyright therefore banning
the use of the words in a domain name.
This has affected many smurf related websites around
the world, most of which were non-profit personal
collection sites. A loop hole in the copyright laws
means that non-smurf related sites have not been affected.
Unfortunately one of the results of the actions taken
by I.M.P.S. is that some of these popular domain names
have been taken over by these non-smurf sites including
directories, advertisment sites and even porn sites!
I am happy to report though that all smurf websites
owners affected gritted their teeth, sweated for hours
revamping their sites and names and all remain active
on the WWW.
written December 2002