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ONLINE NEWS & NOTES: ROCKIES TAKE PUBLISHER TO COURT

          The Rockies asked a Denver District Court judge "to
     temporarily stop" local Web publisher Robert Lewis from
     producing his baseball Web page, arguing that it "infringes"
     on the team's trademarks and "confuses Internet users,"
     according to Leyla Kokmen of the DENVER POST.  Lewis
     publishes a CO Tourism & Sport site at www.rockies.com,
     which links to www.blakestreet.com, his "Colorado Baseball
     Daily" page.  Rockies attorney Tom Kelley: "We want to
     prevent Mr. Lewis and his company from using the Rockies'
     trademark -- Rockies and Colorado Rockies -- to identify
     himself and his product."  Lewis' attorneys argue that he
     "has made changes" to his online site, including "adding
     disclaimers, dropping use of the Rockies' logo and colors,
     changing the name from The Daily Rockies' Web to Colorado
     Baseball Daily, and removing the newsletter from
     rockies.com, although the sites are still linked."  But
     Kelley said that Internet users "still associate rockies.com
     with Lewis' baseball site."  The team does not currently
     have a Web site, but it "expect[s] to launch one by the end
     of October."  A December trial is set (DENVER POST, 9/18).
          NEW TENNIS NET: The Corel WTA Tour unveiled its
     redesigned site at www.corelwtatour.com.  The site, rebuilt
     with MD-based American Cities Studios, features new player
     audio and video interviews and features, up-to-date
     tournament results, press conference transcripts, player
     action photos, an educational section geared towards
     youngsters, interactive games and a ticker with up-to-date
     Tour news, among other features.  Future plans include a
     shopping mall area, full motion video, real-time scores and
     multilingual sections (Corel WTA Tour).
          ON ICE: NHL ICE celebrates its one-year anniversary on
     October 4, and for the coming season, following every game,
     NHL.com will produce a 90-second video highlight of that
     game.  NHL ICE also plans to introduce the NHL/IBM Real Time
     Scoring System -- the NHL's first program for electronically
     tabulating on-ice activity during a hockey game (NHL ICE).
          DEVIL OF A SITE? The Devil Rays launched www.devilray.
     com, developed by FL-based WebLink Communications.  The team
     is using "www.devilray.com" because "www.devilrays.com" was
     claimed by FL businessman Joe Rossetto for $100.  Rossetto
     "offered to sell the address for what [team general counsel
     John] Higgins said was $50,000."  The team declined and
     Higgins said, "Basically, we weren't going to pay 50 grand
     for an s" (Marc Topkin, ST. PETE TIMES, 9/16).

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