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Once again, DJ Richard "Diddy" Dearlove, who may end up being best known for suing Diddy, has filed suit.

Richard "Diddy" Dearlove says that Combs has breached an earlier undertaking not to use the name "Diddy" in Britain, because people there can see Combs' pages on the international MySpace and YouTube sites where he appears as "Diddy."

"We want him either to use a neutral name like P. Diddy or to shut them down," said Iain Purvis, Dearlove's lawyer at the High Court in London where the case is being heard.

Are MySpace and YouTube "international" websites? Generally speaking, websites are considered to be based where they are physically hosted and are held to the laws of that country. I am under the impression that both MySpace and YouTube are hosted in the U.S. Whether or not they can be accessed in the U.K. is unimportant. A person from the U.K. can buy CDs released in the U.S., if they so choose. That is inevitable.

I may very well be missing something, but he seems to want the courts in the U.K. to apply U.K. law to U.S. based websites. Of course, there are extenuating circumstances, such as Google and FOX (the owners of YouTube and MySpace) having business in the U.K., I'm sure, that may or may not affect it.

Diddy and co. seem to be making adjustments to both pages to compromise, perhaps as part of negotiations (just guessing?). For example, when you visit his YouTube page, you see:


The link is to an alternate account at YouTube where it says P. Diddy instead of Diddy.

And, his MySpace page now has a large banner at the top saying that U.K. users "MUST CLICK HERE". It takes you to an alternate MySpace profile where, again, it's P. Diddy instead of just Diddy.

It's all a little loopy, when you think about it, but if it leads to the issue being over, it may be worth it. I'm not an attorney or anything, but, if Dearlove is pushing for Diddy to stop calling himself Diddy on MySpace and on YouTube, period, my gut says to fight it. It's just a name, but that's not the point. There would seem to be something more at stake here.