The Edmonton Journal
Friday, August 22, 1997

Court backs WEM in Web site dispute

by Jac MacDonald

EDMONTON -- West Edmonton Mall has received an interim court injunction prohibiting three Calgary men and their Internet businesses from using a Web site with an address similar to the mall's.

Mall lawyer Brian Soltis says Stuart Martin and his company Infosource Canada are prevented from using the Web site address westedmontonmall.com for a week. The mall's official Web address is westedmall.com.

Martin and two other men named in the action can challenge the injunction in court next Thursday when the mall will ask for the ban to be extended permanently or until the matter is heard at trial, Soltis said.

In a statement of claim, the mall alleged the site posted pornographic images, a claim Martin denied in an interview.

Soltis said printouts of naked images of people taken from the site were filed in court along with an affidavit in support of the ex-parte application. (Ex-parte is an application in court without giving notice to the other side.)

The site featured a clothed but large-breasted woman titled Miss Westedmontonmall.com Wednesday, and a notice asking for financial and legal help because the site address was under dispute.

Thursday, the site was black except for the site address in large letters.

Soltis called the alleged posting of pornographic images "embarrassing" for the mall.

The mall's Web site receives 12,000 to 14,000 hits a day, and some people may have accidentally browsed the other site, he said.

In its claim, West Edmonton Mall says it's seeking more than $150,000 in damages.


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