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Original France.com owner sues to recover domain from the country

French courts nabs valuable domain name for its government. The original registrant of France.com back in 1994 has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to try to recover the domain name France.com, which the country managed to wrestle away through the French court system. France.com, Inc. filed the suit in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District […]

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Some panelists are afraid to find RDNH

I can’t believe this panelist didn’t find RDNH. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found in favor of the owner of CAGI.com in a cybersquatting complaint but, for some mysterious reason, failed to find reverse domain name hijacking. CSP International Fashion Group S.p.A., which owns CAGI.eu, filed the dispute against Capitol Appraisal Group. Capitol […]

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WIPO panel explains a common expired domain occurrence

A company wanted a domain but failed it capture it when it expired. Then it filed a UDRP against the new domain owner. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has provided an unusually descriptive explanation and interpretation of a very common occurrence. Rolyn Companies Inc. filed a UDRP against the domain name Rolyn.com just weeks […]

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U.S. government asks ICANN to investigate GoDaddy’s Whois policy

U.S. gov weighs in on GoDaddy’s Whois policy. The U.S. government has sent a letter to ICANN asking it to review GoDaddy’s (NYSE: GDDY) activities around blocking access to Whois records. David Redl, who heads the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, sent the letter to ICANN’s board today asking it to look into the matter. At […]

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Napoleon.com hit with UDRP. Owners fight back with lawsuit

Domain owners fight back in court before UDRP is decided. Last Month Wolf Steel, which markets fireplaces under the brand name Napoleon, filed a UDRP cybersquatting dispute against the domain name napoleon.com. The owners of the domain name are fighting back with a lawsuit. Emmet Stephenson, Tony Stephenson and Domain.com, Inc. (not affiliated with the […]

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I just fixed Whois and GDPR

It’s really quite simple. So ICANN has received guidance from the Article 29 Working Party in Europe about ICANN’s proposed Whois model to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). I’d summarize it as: nice try, but we are your overlords now. (Only in needlessly complex language.) Regulation can be good, but regulation run […]

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What are the standards for common law trademarks in UDRP cases?

An NAF panelist is very generous is accepting common law trademark rights. A National Arbitration Forum panelist recently awarded the domain name YouAreOK.com to T & P Holding Company, LLC. This company owns several hair salons and boutiques in Nashville under the name Local Honey. Its website is LHNashville.com. The domain name owner, Ancient Holdings, […]

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This is not what UDRP was created for

Do you call this cybersquatting? A National Arbitration Forum panelist has found in favor of clothing company Guess in a dispute over the domain names guessandco.info, guessandco.org, guessandcoshareholder.info, theguessbreadcompany.com, theguessconstructioncompany.com, and theguessprivatemerchantcompany.com Guess was recently found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in a case filed with National Arbitration Forum, and I’d argue that the […]

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Be careful when someone sends an email offering a domain for sale

Be careful when someone you don’t know emails you a great offer to buy their domain name. Someone is sending emails to domain name owners telling them it’s their lucky day–they can acquire the domain name Luck.com for only $45,000. According to the sender, he knows the domain is worth a lot more but he […]

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GDPR will make domain name transfers more difficult

Lack of contact details in public Whois could thwart inter-registrar domain transfers. A few Domain Name Wire readers have asked how domain name transfers will work if domain registrars and registries eliminate contact details from Whois in response to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As it stands right now, domain name transfers could […]

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