A federal judge
has thrown out a lawsuit by truck rental company U-Haul regarding the use of
pop-up advertising on the Internet, Reuters news service reported.
Judge Gerald Bruce Lee dismissed U-Haul's suit against Internet advertising
company WhenU, whose software pops up advertisements of U-Haul's competitors
when Internet users visit the U-Haul Web site.
decision said WhenU's software did not violate U-Haul's copyrights or
trademarks, nor did it force unsuspecting users to see the ads, since WhenU's
users must voluntarily download the software to see the pop-ups.