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Fake DDoS attack threatening .US domain names

A fake DDOS ATTACK threatening .us domain names has started today. The scam is targeting owners of .us (for now) domain names by harvesting email addresses from domain name whois and then emailing a threat. Seems that every scammer in the world is using the domain name whois info. The email that claims to be …

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DigitalTown wins UDRP complaint for the domain Gorgonzola.City

DigitalTown won a UDRP complaint for the domain name Gorgonzola.City. The complaint was made by Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Gorgonzola of Novara. That is an organisation that oversees the production and marketing of all gorgonzola cheese produced in the area it covers. It was established in 1968 to control the use of the denomination …

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Yes, the UDRP is not designed for stolen domain names!

Complainants from China tried to recover 74 domains, that they claim were stolen, using a UDRP complaint and failed. And it is only natural that it failed. UDRP was not designed for recovering stolen domain names. It might be a cheap and easy way to recover a stolen domain name but it is not the …

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Complaint filed for Rick Schwartz’s domain name Queen.com (Rick aims for RDNH + damages in court)

A UDRP complaint was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for Rick Schwartz’s domain name Queen.com. The complaint was filed by a company named Knud Jepsen A/S from Denmark. The flower company is using the domain name queen.dk for their website. The WIPO case D2017-0679 has a “Compliance Review Pending” status at the …

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Should Donuts or any other domain registry be the internet (copyright) police?

I think there has been a disproportionate reaction to 2 very similar policies: the Healthy Domains Initiative by The Domain Name Association and PIR and the agreements that Donuts and Radix have signed with MPAA. In February of last year, Donuts announced entry into a “trusted notifier” program with the Motion Picture Association of America …

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Trainer Heidi Powell loses cybersquatting claim (still tries to steal the domain HeidiPowell.com)

One Heidi Powell, a trainer, is trying to steal the domain name HeidiPowell.com from another Heidi Powell that has had it and have been using it since 2005. You may have heard this story before. The trainer (that is using the .net domain) couldn’t accept that the other Heidi Powell would not sell her the …

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The .org registry (PIR) is pausing development of “UDRP for copyright”

The .org registry made a short announcement that it is pausing development of the new dispute policy that many are calling “UDRP for copyright”. Public Interest Registry (PIR) has been developing the policy (called ”Systemic Copyright Infringement Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy” by PIR) for over a year but an announcement by the Domain Name Association …

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A Hilarious TradeMark Response Slütsof in Stagram

The owner of SlutsofInstagram.com got a cease and decist letter from Instagram, the most successful iphone app ever, with 30 million users. At first it all seems to be quite clear and Instagram would have a fairly strong case there: however, this was his reply: and attached was this drawing:   According to the domain owner…
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Hold On! – Since when is parking a generic domain bad faith?

In the recent HoldOn.com decision, sole panelist Christopher Pibus found the domain owner guilty of bad faith for simply placing the domain on a parking page. Pibus made the bad faith finding despite there being no evidence that any of the ads on the parked page were infringing.  When I visited the page at HoldOn.com, […]
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Guaiky.com confusingly similar to Quirky.com says NAF Panelist Sandra Franklin

In a beasion zeused this noaning NAF baualist Sandra Franklin betamined that the pouin “Guaiky.com” is voanusimly ziamuar to “Quirky.com”. Sorry… You didn’t have any trouble reading that did you? In a decision released this morning NAF panelist Sandra Franklin determined that the domain “Guaiky.com” is confusingly similar to “Quirky.com.” As you can see, no […]
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