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How the U.S. government plays cat and mouse with fake pharmacies

Take a look at this request for domain name seizure. I was reviewing lawsuits involving domain names today when I came across a request for a seizure warrant (pdf). You’ve probably come across a website with a message like this: These notices don’t get there magically, and a demand for seizure warrant comes first. I […]

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Amy Schumer files cybersquatting complaint against GoDaddy’s NameFind

Comedian demands Amy-Schumer.com domain name. Comedian Amy Schumer has filed a cybersquatting complaint with National Arbitration Forum against GoDaddy division NameFind. Schumer’s official website is AmySchumer.com. NameFind is the registered owner of Amy-Schumer.com. According to historical Whois records, the domain name was registered to a Los Angeles man until late 2015. It then went under […]

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Make sure your contact info is updated when you sell a domain

If you don’t, you could be on the receiving end of a UDRP. Mike Mann just lost a UDRP. That’s what the record will show, anyway. But he actually sold the domain in the UDRP, WashingtonJournal.com, for $75,000 earlier this year. The new owner didn’t update the Whois record. C-SPAN filed a complaint against the […]

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Owner of eGrandstand.com files UDRP against Grandstand.com

Company wants to drop the ‘e’ from its domain name. A glassware and apparel company that goes by the name Grandstand has filed a UDRP against GrandStand.com, a common word domain name that was registered in 1995. Based on DomainTools historical whois records, the current registrant has owned the domain name since at least 2001, […]

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Beijing starts issuing ICPs on new top level domains

Beijing residents of approved TLDs can now get a license to use them. Getting approval for registrants to use and host content on new top level domain names in China can be a complicated process for registries. First, they need to get approval from Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). But it doesn’t stop […]

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Uber (the ride hailing company) is causing a headache for Uber (the IT company)

Healthcare IT company sues Uber for trademark infringement after being inundated with misdirected communication. A healthcare IT company in Florida called Uber Operations, LLC is suing ride hailing company Uber Technologies for trademark infringement after dealing with confusion between the two companies. The lawsuit (pdf) explains a number of headaches the company has experienced from […]

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Clothing company Aether is a reverse domain name hijacker

Domain owner used the domain for a business. Apparel company Aether, LLC has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in its attempt to get the domain name Aether.com. The company that owns Aether.com used to offer a product at the domain name. The product is no longer offered and the domain […]

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ICANN asks new TLD registries to ask for permission on China

Operators must submit RSEP for approval. Are Chinese gateways used to comply with real name verification rules in China a registry service? To date, it seems like only the operators of .XYZ think so. They submitted a so-called RSEP to ICANN to get approval for their gateway before they introduced one. Now other registries, including […]

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Gaming company Playtech Software Limited guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

“Any reasonable investigation would have revealed that this was a Complaint that could not have succeeded,” panelist says. A World Intellectual Property Organization panel has found Playtech Software Limited to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain Playtechla.com. Playtech uses the domain name Playtech.com. The company filed a cybersquatting complaint under UDRP […]

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