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Brosnan wins control of his Internet name

An alleged "cybersquatter" proved no match for James Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who won control of the Internet name www.piercebrosnan.com in a ruling by a U.N. panel.

Arbitrators ordered transfer of the domain name to the Irish actor, who had complained that it was being used illegally.

The ruling said the registered owner of the name — Alberta Hot Rods, of Alberta, Canada — had no rights or interests in the name and was using it in bad faith.

Brosnan's lawyers told the panel that the domain linked to another Web site that they said carries advertising but no information about Brosnan.

The owner of the site did not file a defense.

Anyone can register a domain name for a few dollars, which has led so-called "cybersquatters" to file for famous names to make a fast buck from those who want the names.

Brosnan's lawyers said Alberta Hot Rods is linked to Jeff Burgar, whom they described as a "notorious cybersquatter."

The U.N. panel said Burgar or linked companies have previously been ordered to hand over domain names to celebrities including actors Kevin Spacey and Pamela Anderson, "Jurassic Park" author Michael Crichton and singer Celine Dion.

The U.N. arbitration system allows those who think they have the right to a domain to get it back without having to fight a costly legal battle or paying a lot of money.