Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute site saved in cybersquatting claim

Domain registrant said he bought the domain to create a tribute to the late singer.

Album cover for Steve Ray Vaughan music

The estate of musician Stevie Ray Vaughn has lost a cybersquatting claim it filed against

The domain owner said he acquired the domain in 2013 because he was a “a long-time blues aficionado.” He put up a tribute site that, at times, has been supported by advertising.

Steve Ray Vaughn’s estate argued that the small site is basically a cover to justify holding the domain name.

But panelist Gerald Levine noted:

The issue is not size of content but that the content is presented genuinely to honor the subject. There is no reason to discredit Respondent’s assertion he was “a long-time blues aficionado who desired to build a fan site in tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV), who was held in highest esteem.”

Levine pointed out that the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is designed to handle clearcut cybersquatting cases. He determined this was not one of those cases; perhaps the courts would be a better venue.

So, for now, will remain in the hands of a professed fan rather than the estate.

Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP represented the estate.

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