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Stands4 sues Dan.com over Calculator.com transaction

Company that bought a stolen domain name sues Dan.com and John Doe thief. A publisher is suing Dan.com after it paid $180,000 for a stolen domain name using Dan.com. Stands4 paid $180,000 last year to acquire Calculator.com. It then spent $50,000 developing it, adding to its portfolio of sites including Grammar.com, Lyrics.com, and Scripts.com. (The […]

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.Spa launch muddied by court order

Ownership fight and a battle over premium domains have thrown doubt into .spa’s launch this week. A ruling by a Hong Kong court has muddied the planned launch of the .spa top level domain in sunrise this week. The court responded to a lawsuit and request for injunction stemming from an ownership dispute. Joel Disini […]

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Scammers target Australian domain owners

Perpetrators posing as Australia’s domain name registry are requesting identification documents. auDA, the organization that oversees Australia’s .au domain names, has issued a second warning this year about scammers targeting .au domain name owners. The group says that someone is claiming to be from .au Domain Administration, requesting scanned copies of identification documents. It’s not […]

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CIIDRC issues its first reverse domain name hijacking ruling

Panel finds water utility compliance company Klir guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. The Canadian International Internet Dispute Centre (CIIDRC), a UDRP forum accredited by ICANN in 2019, has issued its first reverse domain name hijacking decision. A three-person panel found that Klir Platform Europe Limited filed its case against klir.com in bad faith. The […]

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Threats don’t play well in cybersquatting disputes

These two domain owners tried to play hardball and got nothing. How you approach a potential buyer for your domain impacts what happens in a UDRP hearing. Here are two examples. A World Intellectual Property Organization ordered Magna.co transferred to Magna International Inc., a company that uses Magna.com. Magna is a dictionary word and the […]

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Facebook sues Web.com’s NVSC for cybersquatting

Social media company alleges that Web.com subsidiary owns 74 infringing domain names. Facebook has filed a lawsuit (pdf) against New Ventures Services Corp (NVSC) for alleged cybersquatting of its brands, including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. NVSC is a Web.com subsidiary that holds domain names for traffic revenue and resale. It gets many of its domain […]

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Law firm files in rem cybersquatting lawsuit against Oved .com

Firm claims Oved.com is cybersquatting on its brand. A New York law firm has filed an in rem lawsuit (pdf) against the domain name Oved .com in an effort to acquire the domain name without paying for it. Oved & Oved LLP filed the in rem lawsuit yesterday in U.S. District Court for the District […]

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Verisign gets patent for GDPR-compliant Whois privacy

Patented methods help Thick Whois registries handle privacy law compliance. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 10,979,384 (pdf) to Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) for Systems and methods for preserving privacy of a registrant in a Domain Name System. I wrote about the patent application in 2017 after it was published. The patent […]

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More domain investing competition – DNW Podcast #333

How increasing competition is changing domain investing dynamics. Domain auction prices are going through the roof. What does this mean for domain investors? Is there a fallout coming? On today’s show, I discuss this with long-time domain investor Braden Pollack. Braden makes some good observations about today’s market that are worth considering as you invest […]

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Biohacks GmbH tries reverse domain name hijacking

Panel had a laundry list of problems with the company’s case. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found German company Biohacks GmbH guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Biohacks GmbH filed a cybersquatting dispute against Biohacks.com even though the current registrant acquired the domain years before Biohacks GmbH was formed. It doesn’t help the […]

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