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Namecheap is behind legal pushback against Unstoppable Domains

Company’s Namebase business is funding legal challenge. NameBase, a Handshake domain platform owned by domain registrar Namecheap, is funding a legal challenge to Unstoppable Domains. Unstoppable Domains sued Gateway Registry, a rival to NameBase, after Gateway started offering .wallet domains in the Handshake system. Unstoppable offers a competing .wallet extension in its own platform. Gateway […]

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Covetous Canadian Company tries to hijack an upgrade from .Ca to .Com

Panelist makes an easy decision that the Complainant filed its case in abuse of the UDRP. A Canadian International Internet Dispute Resolution Centre panel has ruled (pdf) that Boost Collective Inc. tried to reverse domain name hijack BoostCollective.com. Boost Collective Inc. is a Canadian company that helps music artists distribute their music. It uses the […]

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Gibson Guitars nailed for reverse domain name hijacking

Company tried to get tobias.com through a cybersquatting claim. Gibson Brands, the maker of iconic guitars, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. The case, and the Complainant’s actions after filing the case, are real head-scratchers. Gibson has a brand called Tobias and filed the cybersquatting claim against the domain tobias.com. This sets […]

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Suing the previous owner of a domain name

Oops. A Connecticut man has filed a lawsuit against the domain name MilesSpencer.org. But there’s a big problem with the case that I’ll get to shortly. Miles Spencer filed the lawsuit against John Does and in rem against the domain name, meaning he’s suing the domain name itself. Filing an in rem cybersquatting lawsuit is […]

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USAA tries reverse domain name hijacking

Panelist find reverse domain name hijacking in case involving third-party claims adjuster. It’s not every day that a large company is found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. But a National Arbitration Forum panelist has ruled that insurance company United Services Automobile Association (USAA) has tried to reverse hijack usaainsuranceclaimsadjusting.com. Harris Claims Services […]

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Unstoppable Domains and .wallet Handshake owner file dueling lawsuits

Fight escalates between Unstoppable Domains and Handshake. Blockchain domain name company Unstoppable Domains and the owner of .wallet in the rival Handshake system have sued each other. The lawsuits come on the heels of Unstoppable Domains’ lawsuit against Gateway Registry and its owner. Unstoppable sued those parties after Gateway started offering .wallet registrations in Handshake. […]

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Here’s what likely happened with eth.link

No one played dirty, but the expiration process can appear that way. Ethereum Name Service and Virgil Griffith, the registrant of eth.link, recently filed a lawsuit against GoDaddy, Dynadot, and a company that “bought” eth.link in a domain auction at Dynadot. A judge issued a temporary restraining order that handed the domain back to Griffith […]

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Lawsuit alleges zow.com is a stolen domain name

Person who registered the domain in 1996 says it’s stolen. A California resident has filed a lawsuit (pdf) alleging that the valuable domain name zow.com is stolen. Yesterday, Marci Seely filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia, where .com registry Verisign is located. It’s an in rem case against […]

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Lawmakers push for Whois privacy on .us domains

10 Democrats ask NTIA to add Whois privacy to .us domain names. While Whois records in most top level domains are now private, .us remains an outlier: the U.S. government specifically forbids Whois privacy on .us domain registrations. It has enforced a no-privacy policy since 2005, much to the chagrin of registrars. A group of […]

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What’s wrong with this UDRP?

If you think something is fishy about the dates cited in the decision, you’re right. I was reading through a UDRP decision (pdf) for snugg.com today when something caught my eye. The first two paragraphs of the “factual background” summary that the panelist puts together state: According to the Complaint, the disputed domain name was […]

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