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Keeping a domain in bad faith? How about RDNH?

A new Turkish car company tries a novel argument. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found Türkiye’nin Otomobili Girişim Grubu Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Şirketi guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in a dispute over togg.com. The Complainant plans to sell Turkey’s first domestically-produced automobile. It was formed in 2018 and registered the country […]

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Verisign applies pressure to ICANN to delegate .web

Verisign is tired of delays (as it should be).   Verisign is applying pressure to ICANN to delegate the .web top level domain name to it. Today, the company published a blog post that follows up to a letter (pdf) that Nu Dot Co sent to ICANN reviewing the saga and disclosing what it says […]

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Instagram: photo sharing app or weed delivery business?

Insta Gram. Get it? Instagram has failed to secure the domain name Instragram.nl through a cybersquatting dispute, and the background is very interesting. A Dutch entrepreneur registered Instragram.nl in December 2010. Instagram (the app) was an infant at the time, but how do you explain this domain registration if it isn’t targeted at the photo-sharing […]

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KeyState Holdings plays whac-a-mole with fraudsters’ domains

After taking down one fraudulent site, financial firm goes after another. Financial services firm KeyState Holdings, LLC has filed a second lawsuit to take down a domain name that fraudsters are using to dupe people into sending money. In July, the firm filed a lawsuit and requested a temporary restraining order (TRO) against KeyStateHoldings(.)com after […]

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I’m frustrated by this UDRP

The panelist made the right decision but this case is still frustrating. I’m a bit frustrated after reading the UDRP decision for DewberryDesigns.com today. The result was correct; panelist Christopher Gibson correctly ruled that this isn’t a case of cybersquatting under the UDRP. But there are three things that frustrate me. First, the domain name […]

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Rob Monster files lawsuit to halt transfer of VOCL.com

A UDRP panel had ordered the domain name to be transferred. Epik CEO Rob Monster has filed a lawsuit (pdf) to halt the transfer of vocl.com after losing it in a UDRP. The domain has a weird history. An Epik customer owned it until just recently. That’s when the MyPillow guy, Mike Lindell—the one who […]

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ICANN improves public comment system

Finally, it’s up to 2005 standards. ICANN has improved its public commenting system. Rather than sending an email to a comment address similar to an old bulletin board system, you can now comment kind of like you do on a blog. The downside is that submitters will need to create an ICANN account. This might […]

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CNNIC files more blockchain domain patent applications

Patent applications describe blockchain-based DNS and abuse monitoring. The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) has filed two additional patents around using blockchain in the domain name system, in addition to one I wrote about earlier this year. Application 17/252669 (pdf) is titled “Blockchain-Based Method and System for Handling Domain Name Abuse”.  It explains a […]

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GoDaddy wins reverse domain name hijacking charge against French law firm

Law firm went after domain in GoDaddy’s NameFind portfolio. A World Intellectual Property Organization has found a French law firm to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. Lerins & BCW filed a cybersquatting dispute against GoDaddy’s NameFind for Lerins.com. According to the decision, the Complainant acquired the intellectual property of a defunct legal group […]

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Sportswear company Puma tries reverse domain name hijacking

Company makes “incorrect or misleading statements” in cybersquatting dispute. Sportswear company Puma SE tried to reverse domain name hijack the domain name PumaExports.com, a World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has determined. Puma Exports was incorporated in India in 1990 and registered the domain in 1998. It sells customized leather products. Panelist Josh Swinson determined that […]

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