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Scratch Foundation gets Scratch.org in settlement

Owner of Scratch.org domain name transfers it to non-profit as part of settlement. Scratch Foundation has settled a cybersquatting lawsuit it brought against the domain name Scratch.org with the domain’s registrant, Ravi Lahoti. Although full terms of the settlement have not been publicly disclosed, part of the agreement involved transferring the domain to Scratch Foundation. […]

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Lotto Sport Italia and lotto company file dueling motions for summary judgment

Did a lotto company buy domains for its business or to cyber squat?   A battle over lotto-related domain names is about two-and-a-half years old, and it’s entering a critical period. Lotto Sport Italia, the soccer apparel company, filed a cybersquatting dispute under UDRP against the domain names LottoStore.com and LottoWorks.com at the beginning of […]

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Pablo Escobar posthumously gets his domain name

Panelist doesn’t question trademarks for dead drug lord. Pablo Escobar has returned from the grave. The notorious Colombian drug lord may have died in a shootout in 1993, but his intellectual property and holdings live on through Escobar Inc. Escobar Inc. filed a cybersquatting claim with National Arbitration Forum, arguing that the owner of PabloEscobar.com […]

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Guinness record holding juggler gets advantage from his domain names

Juggler acquired two domain names that help his business. Niels Duinker is a seven-time Guinness Book of World Records holder for juggling. As an entertainer, he depends on booking agents to select him to perform at their events. And while he’s an expert juggler, potential clients have trouble juggling his name. “It’s difficult to spell […]

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Oops: New .Ca commercial has a trademark problem

John Berryhill noticed a problem with this TV commercial. Yesterday I wrote about CIRA’s new TV commercial suggesting that Canadians register .Ca domain names instead of .com. I got caught up in the humor of the commercial and overlooked something that only a trademark attorney would quickly catch: the ad shows a domain name including […]

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How to give your developer access to just one domain at GoDaddy

Here’s a tutorial on granting limited access to a developer to manage a single domain at GoDaddy. Letting your web developer register a domain on your behalf or have full access to your registrar account is a bad idea. Unfortunately, not all domain registrars offer an easy way to grant access to a developer to […]

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Man who paid $360k for 81.com says it’s stolen

Dubai man files lawsuit to recover domain. A man who says he paid $360,000 to buy the domain 81.com alleges it has been stolen. Sami Debizet filed an in rem lawsuit (pdf) against the domain in U.S. District Court in Virginia in an effort to recover the domain. According to Debizet, he paid $360,000 to […]

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Tina Dam sues over .Music, reveals investment

Dam, who worked on new TLD applications, claims she has been cut out of equity ownership of .Music top level domain. Former ICANN staffer Tina Dam, who left the non-profit to work with Constantine Roussos on new top level domains, is now suing Roussos and related companies. Dam Claims that she owned half the shares […]

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Auto parts company’s domain stolen and held for ransom

Thief stole Florida company’s domain and asked for 10 bitcoin ransom. A thief stole a domain name from an online auto parts company and demanded 10 bitcoin to get the domain name back. Florida company XPort Auto Parts, Inc. woke up in the middle of last month to find that its domain name XPortAutoParts.com had […]

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Court rejects France’s appeal in France.com case

Court of Appeals rejects France’s motion to dismiss on grounds of sovereign immunity. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has rejected an appeal by the country of France in a dispute over France.com. Here’s the background: Jean-Noël Frydman, who registered France.com in 1994, lost control of the domain name to the country […]

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