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ZDNet: MandrakeSoft Ordered to Drop Trademark

Feb 23, 2004, 14:00 (39 Talkback[s])
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"A French court has ruled against Linux distributor MandrakeSoft in an intellectual-property dispute with United States-based Hearst Holdings and King Features Syndicate.

"The decision could force the Paris-based software company to surrender its trademark and domain names and to pay nearly $90,000 (70,000 euros) in damages to the U.S. companies, holders of the rights to the comic strip character Mandrake the Magician. The comic strip marks its 70th anniversary this year.

"MandrakeSoft will be allowed to keep using its name and Web site addresses for the time being, while it appeals the Feb. 13 Paris court decision. The company said the appeals process could continue for another three years..."

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