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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Told to Give Up Googkle.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google, the most-used Internet search engine, won an arbitration ruling against a Russian man who registered web domain names, including www.googkle.com and www.gooigle.com, that contained links to sites unrelated to Google.

The web addresses were "confusingly similar" to Google's trademarked name and were being used in bad faith by Sergei Gridasov, the National Arbitration Forum said in a statement.

Google filed a complaint with the arbitrator in May asserting legal rights to web addresses similar to Google.com.

Ownership of the addresses, which also included www.ghoogle.com and www.gfoogle.com, are being transferred to Google, said Kimberly Johnson, a spokeswoman for the arbitration forum.

Gridasov, a 25-year-old resident of St. Petersburg, said in an e-mail that he was directing visitors to the sites to download a program called Toolbarpartner.com and was being paid for each 1,000 copies of the program installed.