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Roman Polanski fails to take down site about sex offenses

Polanski asked World Intellectual Property Organization to rule that the site was cybersquatting. Embattled film director Roman Polanski has failed to take down a website about sexual misconduct accusations against him. Polanksi filed a cybersquatting dispute with World Intellectual Property Organization against the domain name IMetPolanski.com. The site mentions some of the accusations against Polanski […]

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Fox.org transferred in UDRP, and I have questions

What did Fox submit with its complaint? Because I found plenty of things to blow up its case. A World Intellectual Property Organization panelist has ordered (pdf) the domain fox.org transferred to media giant Fox Media. Before you get completely up in arms, one thing in the dispute may indicate the domain was used in […]

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Things people tell John Berryhill, and what he thinks about them

An attorney explains some questionable assertions domain investors make. Last week at the Internet Commerce Association meeting in Las Vegas, attorney John Berryhill discussed some common things he hears domainers say. Here’s what he had to say about these phrases he hears over and over. “I know it doesn’t have a trademark because I looked.” […]

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LoLo.gifts owner tries to reverse domain name hijack LoLo.com

WIPO panel denies cybersquatting claim over valuable four letter domain name. Lolo, LLC, a North Carolina company that operates a business at LoLo.gifts, has been found (pdf) to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for the domain LoLo.com. The company first attempted to buy the domain from the person who owned it in January […]

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Pocketbook ebook company gets pocketbook.com in settlement

Ebook reader company got what it wanted, but at what cost? Pocketbook International, a maker of ebook readers, has acquired the domain name pocketbook.com through a legal settlement. The company’s quest for the domain name began in 2019 when it filed a UDRP against the domain name, which was owned by SiteTools, Inc. The panel […]

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Maserati.gone: car company cancels five top level domains

Car company says goodbye to .fiat, .maserati and other dot-brand domain names. Car company Stellantis has informed ICANN that it’s terminating contracts to run five top level domains. The automaker notified ICANN last month that it wishes to cancel .abarth, .alfaromeo, .fiat, .maserati, and .lancia. ICANN opened the comment period on January 25 after determining […]

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Australian homebuilder tries reverse domain name hijacking

Second level .au domain battle probably led to this dispute over a third level domain. Homebuilder.com.au IP Pty Ltd tried to reverse domain name hijack homebuilder.net.au, a World Intellectual Property Organization panel has determined (pdf). This appears to be the second case under the .au Dispute Resolution Policy in which the dispute might be about […]

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Domain Capital defends ColombianCoffee.com in UDRP

Panel notes the descriptive nature of the domain names and legitimacy of owning descriptive terms as an investment. Domain Capital has successfully defended (pdf) the domain name colombiancoffee.com in a UDRP. Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia, a non-profit representing Colombian coffee growers, filed the Complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization. The Complainant has a […]

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Reflections from ICA’s meeting

The Internet Commerce Association membership just met in Las Vegas. Here are my thoughts. I spent the last few days in Las Vegas for the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) meeting. If you’re not familiar with the ICA, it’s the only association that advocates on behalf of domain investors. This is the second time ICA has […]

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Charles Schwab tries to reverse hijack domain name

Panel finds that it filed a cybersquatting claim in bad faith. A National Arbitration Forum panel has found (pdf) that financial giant Charles Schwab tried to reverse domain name hijack schwabfinancialcare .com. The domain name is owned by Simon Schwab, who registered the domain and created a site offering lending services. The majority of the […]

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