A federal judge has agreed to modify a court order that requires Networks Solutions Inc. — the company that assigns Internet domain names — not only to un-register a name that violated a trademark, but also screen future applications to avoid ever assigning a similar name.

In a nine-page opinion in Worldsport Networks Ltd. v. Artinternet S.A. U.S. District Judge Bruce W. Kauffman said his previous order “reached beyond future infringement by the defendants, who have admitted their violations . . . to the registration of any domain name similar to plaintiff’s mark by any defendant. This would place an unreasonable burden on NSI without its consent.”

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