Internet Trademark Case Summaries
Playboy Enters., Inc. v. Global Site Designs, Inc.
1999 WL 311707 (S.D. Fla. May 15, 1999)
Plaintiff Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (“PEI”) owned the federally registered PLAYBOY, PLAYMATE, and Rabbit Head Design trademarks. Defendants used the PLAYBOY and PLAYMATE marks in their domain names “playboyonline.net” and “playmatesearch.net” and included the PLAYBOY trademark in their metatags. Defendants also used PEI’s Rabbit Head Design mark for their model talent-search activities. The court granted PEI’s motion for preliminary injunction, finding that PEI demonstrated a sufficient likelihood of success on the merits of its trademark infringement, unfair competition, and dilution claims. The court enjoined defendants from using PEI’s trademarks in any manner and from destroying any evidence of the complained-of activities, and ordered defendants to immediately request NSI to cancel the domain name registrations.