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Betsy Riot punks NRA Lobbyist’s wife with domain name

Group creates website juxtaposing NRA’s advocacy and successfully defends domain name in cybersquatting complaint. Betsy Riot, a group that has railed against the National Rifle Association, has won a dispute brought by Courtney Cox, who is married to the NRA’s chief lobbyist and principal political strategist, Chris Cox. Courtney Cox runs an interior design company […]

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Reverse domain name hijacking (even with no response)

Panelist finds Mister Auto SAS filed complaint in abuse of policy despite domain name owner not responding. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has found Mister Auto SAS in France guilty of reverse domain name hijacking for the domain name MisterAuto.com. The decision by panelist John Swinson comes despite the domain name owner not responding […]

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Crypto World Journal tries to reverse domain name hijack CWJ.com

Company goes after valuable domain name that was registered before it existed. Crypto World Journal Inc, which operates a news site about cryptocurrency and blockchain, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking in its attempt to get the domain name CWJ.com. The domain name was purchased by a Chinese domain name […]

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Fertilizer company tries reverse domain name hijacking

Company intentionally provided incomplete material evidence, panel determines. Ferm-O-Feed B.V., a fertilizer company based in the Netherlands, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Fertiplus.com. The World Intellectual Property Organization panel determined that Ferm-O-Feed “provided intentionally incomplete material evidence.” The case follows a familiar pattern found in […]

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Mr. Bladel goes to Washington

GoDaddy VP of Public Policy testifies to Congress and answers questions from Ted Cruz. GoDaddy Vice President of Global Policy James Bladel was in Washington, D.C. this morning for a Senate hearing “The Internet and Digital Communications: Examining the Impact of Global Internet Governance”. In his prepared testimony (pdf), Bladel touched on three topics: foreign […]

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Why getting patents is smart for domain name companies

Patent programs help employees focus on innovation and create a good defense against patent infringement cases. Last week I was reviewing some of GoDaddy’s recent patent applications. When I write stories about patents, people often say that the patent is a joke or the invention is obvious. That may well be true in some circumstance. […]

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NTIA head: No Whois is “unmitigated victory for the spammers and scammers”

Redl says U.S. government continues to fight for access to Whois information. This morning at the Internet Governance Forum in Washington, D.C., NTIA Assistant Secretary David Redl spoke about the impact of the EU’s GDPR on Whois. He said the lack of public Whois is an “unmitigated victory for the spammers and scammers that plague […]

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Nestle let Ozarka(.)com expire in 2002. Now it’s getting the domain name back.

Current owner was using the domain name in a bad way. Nestle Waters, through its entity Perrier, inadvertently let the domain name Ozarka(.)com expire way back in 2002. 16 years later, a National Arbitration Forum panelist has ordered the domain name to be transferred back to the water company. Ozarka is a bottled water brand […]

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UDRP Complainants should stop misusing the UDRP for business disputes and trademark infringement disputes

UDRP was designed for cybersquatting, not business disputes and trademark infringement challenges. Misguided trademark owners are wasting their time and money on UDRP complaints which wrongly attempt to resolve business disputes or allegations of trademark infringement. The UDRP’s power to order a domain name to be transferred often attracts companies who wish to seize coveted […]

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ICANN puts .Pharmacy operator National Association of Board of Pharmacy on notice

Group must cure two breaches or face termination of its right to operate the .Pharmacy top level domain. ICANN has sent a breach notice (pdf) to .pharmacy top level domain operator National Association of Board of Pharmacy. The breach notice is the result of the Public Interest Commitment Dispute Resolution Procedure (PICDRP). Canadawide Pharmacy Ltd […]

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