Hollywood entertainment studio DreamWorks is threatening an India internet design firm with the legal action for registering the domain name webdreamworks.com.

DreamWorks is understood to have instructed lawyers to give the Indian firm - which touts itself as a "full-service design and development company" - just fifteen days to surrender the name.

The Indian company however plans to contest the case. If, as expected, the matter goes to court, the outcome is likely to rest on the extent to which DreamWorks constitutes a global brand name and the limits of Indian law with respect to online property rights.