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Judge Dismisses Anti-Mormon Group's Lawsuit



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A lawsuit filed by an anti-Mormon group that accused a pro-Mormon foundation of trademark infringement and unfair competition has been dismissed.

Yesterday, a judge ruled a Web site reportedly set up for The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR) was a parody. The judge also said visitors of the site could immediately recognize that it did not belong to Utah Lighthouse Ministry, an organization critical of the LDS Church.

The FAIR Web site used 10 domain names, including utahlighthouse.com and utahlighthouse.org.

Lighthouse Ministry founders Jerald and Sandra Tanner --- critics of the LDS Church --- claimed because the domain names linked to an Internet page that had a "remarkable resemblance" to the Lighthouse site, viewers were confused.

However, the judge rejected the claim FAIR was cybersquatting, the practice of registering domain names to profit from the goodwill associated with someone else's trademark.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com/

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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