Keith Nuthall

IN traditional 'old economy' sectors the malpractice of 'passing off' is usually pretty tough to achieve. Setting up a shop or restaurant that looks similar to an established chain can entail a lot of expense and could end in a lawsuit preventing any trading going ahead, and maybe leading to a compensation order.

On the Internet, however, passing off is much simpler. Websites that ape legitimate pages are cheap to construct and dot.com/org/net web addresses are simple to obtain, via online companies and registrars such ...

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