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This stolen domain lawsuit just got messier

First the judge questioned trademarks. Now a company says it bought one of the domains. Yoshiki Okada’s lawsuit to recover valuable domain names he says were stolen from him is getting messier. Okada filed an in rem lawsuit late last year to recover the domain names eol.com, fde.com, jol.com, nnn.com, olp.com, tang.com, wok.com, wtv.com, and […]

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Australia domain administrator denies domain investing ban

Domainers get a victory in Australia. Australian domain name registry manager auDA will continue to permit domain investing in the .AU namespace. The decision comes after its Policy Review Panel suggested a change that would effectively halt domain investing. Current rules prohibit registering a domain for the “sole purpose” of selling or transferring it to […]

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Tambour Ltd filed complaint that was “bound to fail”

Paint company files abusive cybersquatting complaint. An Israeli paint company has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Tambour.com. Tambour is a dictionary word in French that means ‘drum’. Tambour Ltd uses the domain name Tambour.co.il. The paint company reached out to the owner of the domain name […]

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Coinbase successfully defends domain name in cybersquatting dispute

A French payments firm took issue with the cryptocurrency trading platform registering CB.markets. Cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase has successfully defended the domain name CB.markets in a cybersquatting dispute. French payments company Groupement des cartes bancaires filed the complaint under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) at World Intellectual Property Organization. The payments company […]

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Sheryl Sandberg loses cybersquatting claim over LeanIn.com domain name

Her foundation uses LeanIn.org. The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation has lost a cybersquatting claim it filed against the domain name LeanIn.com. The organization filed the case with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. The Facebook Chief Operating Officer is well-known for her TED Talk and […]

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ICA to hold public update for domain owners

Domain investor advocacy group will make its next member call public. The Internet Commerce Association (ICA), a group that advocates for domain name owners, is holding a public webcast on Friday to update domain investors on policy issues. This is ICA’s first public call; previous updates have been for members only. The webcast is scheduled […]

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.Biz may lose price caps, too

Higher prices are on the way. ICANN has published its proposed contract extension with Neustar for .biz. It mirrors recently-published proposed contracts for .org and .info by removing price controls and adding Uniform Rapid Suspension, a quick form of UDRP. ICANN clearly wants to create uniformity between top level domain name contracts. It is basing […]

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U.S. Gov pushes Verisign and PIR to help cut Opioid sales

Government wants to cut online opioid sales at the registry level. Remember when the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) amended its contract with Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for running .com and its statement mentioned content? Amendment 35 confirms that Verisign will operate the .com registry in a content neutral manner with a commitment to […]

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Tang trips up stolen domain lawsuit

Judge questions trademark rights in stolen domain lawsuit. Victims of domain name theft frequently turn to Virginia courts to get their domain names back. It works like this: File a lawsuit under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act claiming that the thief is cybersquatting. Say that the victim has common law trademark rights in the domains […]

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Lawsuit claims Verisign shouldn’t have transferred domain name

Suit alleges that domain name wasn’t owned by defendants named in class action. Bitseller, a company in Cyprus, says that Verisign shouldn’t have transferred the domain name Radaris.com as requested by a court and is asking (pdf) for at least $500,000 in damages. The backstory is interesting. In 2014, attorneys filed a class action lawsuit […]

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