Wrestlers take WWF fight to House of Lords

United Kingdom

The World Wrestling Federation has vowed to appeal a February ruling by the UK Court of Appeal, which upheld a previous court order that the World Wide Fund for Nature (formerly the World Wildlife Fund) was entitled to the exclusive use of the initials 'WWF'.

In October 2001 the High Court ruled that the federation breached a 1994 agreement with the World Wildlife Fund by the use of its current logo and the URL 'www.wwf.com' (see World Wide Fund for Nature wrestles for domain name). The charity successfully argued that the federation's association with violence and sleaze was damaging by "insalubrious connotation" the fund's ability to raise money for nature conservation.

The federation was ordered to stop using the 'wwf.com' domain name. However, a stay on the punishment will remain in force pending the federation's petition to the House of Lords for permission to review the Court of Appeal's decision.

Jon Fell, Masons, London

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