DC Thomson recovers Beano web domain from “internet squatter”

Professional Publisher Association: Cover of the Century Awards Runner Up: The Beano, February 1999, Dennis the MenaceDC Thomson, publishers of The Beano, have taken control of the thebeano.co.uk domain name from a Norfolk businessman.

The Dundee-based company, which has been publishing The Beano for decades, took action against Stephen Fisher from Ellingham, who had registered the domain name.

Internet watchdog Nominet said it was an “abusive registration” and ruled he hand it over to the publishers.

BBC News reports Nominet expert Peter Davies said the DC Thomson had rights in the Beano name and it had, “to his reasonable satisfaction”, shown the domain name was an “abusive registration”.

• Check out the official Beano web site at at www.beano.com

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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