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SINGER, COMIC RECLAIM NAMES

Canadian singer Celine Dion has been awarded the rights to the Internet domain name www.celinedion.com in a United Nations panel ruling.

Dion and her recording company, Sony Music Entertainment, brought the case against Jeff Burgar of High Prairie, Alberta, who had registered the name.

The U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization ruled that Burgar had no legitimate right to the name and ordered it transferred to Dion. The ruling was released Friday.

Burgar contended that he was using the Web site as a fan club for Dion, who has sold millions of records worldwide.

He said that he was not using the name for commercial gain and that the site was clearly marked as "unauthorized" so no one would mistake it for Dion's official site.

But arbitrator William R. Cornish said that Burgar had a history of registering the names of celebrities and that the fan club pages had been added only recently.

Also Friday, Cornish gave the rights to www.juliebrown.com to comedian Julie Brown. The name was also registered by Burgar.

In an earlier ruling, musician Bruce Springsteen was granted control of another Burgar registration, www.brucespringsteen.com.

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