An interesting story today in the Globe and Mail today. It seems that the Bank of Nova Scotia, which has become a corporate sponsor for the Caribana Festival in Toronto, decided that it should become the new owner of the caribana.com domain name. Towards that end, the company launched a claim with the WIPO - World Intellectual Property - to take over the domain.

Caribana has been taking place in Toronto since 1967 and is the self proclaimed North America's largest street festival. It began as a community heritage project for Canada's Centennial year and is based on Trinidad Carnival. The Festival now also includes the music, dance, food and costumes of Jamaica, Guyana, the Bahamas, Brazil and other cultures represented in Toronto.

The domain name was registered in 1997 by Donna McCurvin who the Globe describes as "a prominent member of Toronto’s cultural community and a past winner of the Black Business and Professional Association’s Harry Jerome Award."

The Caribana site by Ms. McGurvin is a guide to the festival and provides basic information about it.

A quick look at the site, with its TD bank ad displayed at the top, quickly reveals why the bank was trying to take the domain name away from its current owner.


For the record, the bank failed in its attempt to wrest the domain from Ms. McCurvin.

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