“Touchy feely computer giant Apple is taking on former dotcom millionaire Benjamin Cohen over the ownership of the itunes.co.uk website, it emerged yesterday,” Rosie Murray-West writes for The Telegraph. “Mr. Cohen, who is now 22 but shot to fame as the 17-year-old founder of Jewish interest internet site “Sojewish,” said yesterday that he had received a call from Apple’s lawyers while he was in hospital for a “minor operation”. He said that the computer company, which declined to comment, offered him a ‘tiny’ amount of money for the website name itunes.co.uk, which he had registered for his own music business during the dotcom boom.”
Rosie Murray-West writes, “Apple launched the iTunes.com music downloading website in the UK in June after it had proved popular in the US. Mr Cohen said that he had registered the itunes.co.uk website ‘innocently’ as one of a series of generic domain names to forward to a network of websites for his internet company CyberBritain. He said that Apple has now issued Nominet proceedings. Nominet is the organisation which regulates internet domain names in the UK. He added that Apple had threatened to take CyberBritain to the High Court. ‘I don’t have to sell it to them,’ he said, adding that he would have probably done so if the company had approached him. ‘There is something to be said for a direct and friendly approach.'”
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