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Jewelry company Reza tries to reverse domain name hijack Reza.com

One panelist strongly disagreed with the others. The majority of a World Intellectual Property Organization panel has ruled (pdf) that Reza IP Holdings LLC attempted to reverse domain name hijack reza.com. The jewelry company, which is named after Alexandre Reza and uses the domain AlexandreReza.com, attempted to get the name from Taha Alireza, a member […]

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Mike Mann sues to overturn UDRP decision

DomainMarket asks court to intervene after questionable UDRP. Mike Mann’s company DomainMarket, LLC has filed a lawsuit (pdf) after losing a UDRP for the domain name segurosmundial.com. Compañía Mundial de Seguros S.A., a Colombian insurance company that uses the domain name segurosmundial.com.co, filed the UDRP in March. A decision (pdf) in the Complainant’s favor was […]

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An interesting UDRP: victron.com

The majority of the panel applies an interesting interpretation to UDRP. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published (pdf) an interesting UDRP decision for victron.com. The majority of the panel found in favor of Complainant Victron Energy B.V., which filed the case against domain investor Sarvix, Inc. Sarvix undertook research before buying the domain for […]

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Lego scoops up cybersquatted web3 domains

Man registered 14 domains including the famous Lego brand. Lego, the maker of the iconic connectable toy pieces, has won a case (pdf) against a cybersquatter who registered a bunch of web3-related domains with the famous brand in them. Most of the 14 names a connection to cryptocurrency: legobtc .com legocoinbank .com legocoinexchange .com legocoinmining […]

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ICANN disputes FDA’s assertions about Whois

Domain system overseer disagrees with FDA rep’s complaints about Whois. ICANN CEO Göran Marby has sent a letter (pdf) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disputing a presentation (pdf) one of its representatives made this month. Dan Burke, the U.S. FDA’s Chief of the Investigative Services Division, gave a presentation on June 2 about […]

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.In cybersquatting dispute decisions are nowhere to be found

NIXI removes published INDRP decisions, generating more questions about how the policy is implemented. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) isn’t perfect. It works well most of the time but there are outlier cases, many of which I highlight on this site. The good thing is that there’s lots of transparency; all UDRP […]

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Issaquah, Washington soccer battle results in reverse domain name hijacking

Issaquah, Washington youth soccer club gets a red card. Youth soccer can be a cutthroat endeavor, and two soccer clubs recently took a fight off the field. This match took place in Issaquah, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. Issaquah FC, which uses the domain IssaquahFC.org, filed a cybersquatting complaint with National Arbitration Forum against the […]

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SoBold.com: a bold UDRP case fails

Panelist rules the domain was not registered and used in bad faith. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found (pdf) against So Bold Limited in its UDRP case against sobold.com, but stopped short of finding reverse domain name hijacking. So Bold Limited filed the case against VirtualPoint. Panelist John Swinson found that the Complainant […]

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ICANN board approves plan to dole out $212 million new TLD windfall

Money will be distributed through a grant program. ICANN’s Board of Directors yesterday approved a plan to distribute $212 million in funds from new top level domain auctions. The board approved a plan to create a separate group within ICANN to manage a grant program to dole out the funds. The grant program will steer […]

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