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BMW Orders Adult Search Engine To Remove Results

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Published: 2004-10-14

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The German car manufacturer BMW has ordered adult search engine AskJolene.com to immediately remove a number of results from its index and to blacklist the providers of the documents but AskJolene says it will not yield to the claim.

AskJolene.com collects free erotic contents ("galleries") from the web, and offers its users a dedicated full text search engine to locate galleries of their liking. The results are presented as summaries that link to their original gallery. The galleries are not hosted by AskJolene.com.

BMW AG claims that AskJolene.com infringes on its trademark rights. AskJolene's results for the search query 'bmw' contain galleries in which the word 'bmw' occurs. They also contain pornographic pictures depicting amongst other things a BMW car.

A quote from the BMW AG cease and desist order:

"Cease and desist from, with immediate effect, but ultimately not later than two days after the date of this letter, any more infringements of my clients rights, on the Website and/or any other website(s) it exploits and/or operates, and in particular:

(a) to stop the showing and/or supplying of Internet weblinks that contain the word BMW; and

(b) to block access to Internet websites that contain the word BMW either as metatag, in their title and/or as content"

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