IPSWITCH, England - After a three-year battle, a British school has regained ownership of its domain name.
The BBC reported that vistors to framlinghamcollege.co.uk (currently inactive) were re-directed to online dating, which in turn linked to sites advertising "mature sex."
Framlingham's initial appeal to have the site closed was turned down by Nominet, which handles domain names ending in .uk. The site was registered in 2005 by Realm Solutions in Canada.
School headmistress Gwen Randall told the BBC, "We're a Christian school, so to have a site, with our name, linking to porn and smut is horrible.
"You get this kind of misuse all the time. I have no doubt that people who were seriously interested in the college will have found this site and then run a mile. It's really a relief that it's all come to an end," she said.
Realm Solutions spokesman Rob Montgomery said his company never intended malice and told Britain's The Daily Telegraph he would have given the domain name back to the school free of charge.
"If there is a legitimate complaint from a business or individual, we will hand over the domain name," he said. "Unfortunately, in this case, we dropped the ball and didn't get back in time to allow that to happen."