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PRESS RELEASE

FRIDAY 21ST JULY 2000-07-21

Splash Net, a free internet service provider, which launched quietly on
Thursday 20th July had inadvertently breached an international trademark
copyright with their name and will temporarily be suspending new
applications to the free service.

Spokesperson Trevor Isted said " as an internet company we take
intellectual property rights seriously and will suspend advertising and
applications until the matter has been resolved".

Splash Net, the free ISP was contacted overnight via mail by the operators
of splashnet.co.nz who provide Internet solutions under the name
SplashNet. The company Stay In Front (Asia Pacific)  have stated that they
have a pending trademark application for the word "Splash Net"

All users who had signed up for the free service will still be able to
dial in and surf the internet as well as access their web mail. "There
should be no disruptions to the service for those customers we already
have online and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause
potential customers" said Mr Isted.

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