Domain Name is Intangible Asset Which is Similar To Trademark: ITAT Delhi

In the case of Godaddy.com LLC vs. ACIT, ITAT Delhi has held that:

Citation: Domain name is an intangible asset which is similar to trademark. Consequently, income from services rendered in connection with such domain name registration is assessable as “royalty” u/s 9(1)(vi) of the Income-tax Act.

Main Body: It is now settled law that with the advent of modern technology particularly that relating to cyberspace, domain names or Internet sites are entitled to protection as a trade mark because they are more than a mere address. The rendering of Internet services is also entitled to protection in the same way as goods and services are, and trade mark law applies to activities on Internet.

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