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On 22 December, 2005, Recorder Claire Miskin delivered her judgment in the Southampton County Court in the case of The Honourable Nicholas Augustine Plant v Service Direct (UK). One issue in the case was whether an internet domain name is an item of property and, in particular, whether interference with a domain name can give rise to a cause of action under the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977. To appreciate the scale of the issue, at present there are around 86 million domain names registered globally and hence potentially capable of being interfered with.

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