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This is what people think about UDRP

A diverse group of people commented on UDRP as a review of rights protections moves forward. A few weeks ago, I posted about the end of the public comment period for ICANN’s “UDRP Status Report,” including a summary of the Internet Commerce Association’s comments. ICANN has now published a final report of the public comments, […]

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Wex Inc. tries reverse domain hijacking wex.com

Big tech company tried to get a valuable three letter domain through UDRP. Wex Inc. (NYSE: WEX), a $7 billion market cap technology company, tried to reverse domain name hijack the valuable domain name wex.com. That’s the conclusion of a three-person National Arbitration Forum panel after reviewing the evidence. The domain owner registered the domain […]

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Author sues to recover domain pointing to adult content

A 75-year-old grandma was shocked to see what her old domain pointed to. A 75-year-old novelist who was shocked to find adult content on her old domain has sued to get the domain name back. Nelma Jean Bryson has authored many books over the past two decades including an autobiography, a murder mystery and a […]

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Badlife: company tries to reverse hijack GoodLife.com

Clothing company doesn’t do proper research before filing cybersquatting dispute. A clothing company that sells under the brand Goodlife has been found (pdf) to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking. GL Concepts, LLC d/b/a Goodlife filed a dispute with World Intellectual Property Organization against the domain goodlife.com. The clothing company uses the domain GoodlifeClothing.com. […]

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7 words to avoid in domains because they’re actually trademarks

Avoid these words to avoid legal headaches. Two years ago, the domain name frisbees.com went on auction at GoDaddy. It seemed like a great domain. We all remember throwing around a Frisbee as kids and maybe even as adults. But there’s a big problem: Frisbee is not a generic name for those flying discs. It’s […]

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ICANN schedules meetings for Washington D.C. and Seattle

Washington D.C. added and Seattle rescheduled. ICANN has added two U.S. dates to its meetings calendar. The domain overseer will host the ICANN77 Policy Forum in Washington D.C. from June 12-15, 2023. In addition to being the home of the U.S. government, both Verisign and Public Interest Registry are based in the city. The group […]

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Ecostream LLC tries reverse domain name hijacking

Company filed UDRP after failing to buy domain name from current owner. A National Arbitration Forum panelist has found Ecostream LLC to have attempted reverse domain name hijacking. The company, which provides water management and hydrocarbon reclamation services, filed a dispute against the domain name ecostream.com. The company uses ecostreamusa.com. According to the case decision, […]

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Why outfront.co wasn’t an RDNH case

Rothnie made the right call in this dispute. Outfront Media, a large outdoor advertising company in the United States, has lost (pdf) a UDRP it filed against the owner of outfront.co. The case was decided fairly, and the panelist deserves props for considering the issue of reverse domain name hijacking (RDNH). When I first started […]

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Colorado real estate firm tries reverse domain name hijacking

Company filed a “Plan B” case after failing to buy the domain name. Canon City Property Management LLC, a property management company in Canon City, Colorado, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. The company filed a UDRP against the domain name canoncitypropertymanagement.com. That domain is registered to Property Management Websites, a company […]

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Ryan Kavanaugh loses cybersquatting dispute with YouTuber Ethan Klein

Kavanaugh’s novel arguments don’t persuade panel. As I predicted, film financier Ryan Kavanaugh lost a cybersquatting challenge he filed against YouTuber and host of the H3 podcast, Ethan Klein. Klein created a website at doesryankavanaughlooklikeharveyweinstein.com that compares Kavanaugh’s looks to those of the disgraced Weinstein and discusses some of Kavanaugh’s history, including DUI charges. Kavanaugh […]

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