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EFF Helps Win Ninth Circuit Appeal, Right to Use English Language, for eVisa.com

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December 29, 2003

Evisa.com today won its appeal at the Ninth Circuit over whether its domain name diluted Visa's trademark for credit cards, keeping the word "visa" in the dictionary (and DNS servers) for now. "Visa is a generic word used throughout the world to describe foreign travel and was used long before it became a brand name for credit cards," said EFF Staff Attorney Jason Schultz. "The Court of Appeals wisely rejected Visa's attempt to monpolize use of the word 'visa' in a domain name without further proof of harm to Visa's business." EFF represented Evisa.com in its appeal along with Thomas Moore III of Tomlinson Zisko LLP.

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