Cinpal.com : Circumcision information network sees its venture cut short via UDRP

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CINPal.com was about circumcision – says Respondent.

The domain Cinpal.com was registered in 2002; its Brazilian registrant was a former employee of a company that has rights to the CINPAL mark.

Cinpal Companhia Industrial De Peças Para Automóveis from Taboão da Serra, Brazil, filed a UDRP at the WIPO, asserting that the Respondent has no rights to the domain, and is passively holding onto it.

The Respondent, Carlos Antonio Volpato, worked for the company for two years, in 1986 and subsequently left on his own decision.

After registering the domain Cinpal.com in 2002, the Respondent appears to have used it mostly as a forwarder to the Complainant’s web site.

However, in his response to the UDRP, the Respondent claims that he registered the domain Cinpal.com as an acronym for “Circumcision Information Network” and that he intended to provide information about STDs:

“As to his legitimate interests in the disputed domain name the Respondent asserts that he registered the disputed domain name in 2002 seeking to use it in connection with a project that he intends to materialize: the “Circumcision Information Network”.

Since the <cin.com> domain name had been registered in 1997, he chose to add the suffix PAL so as to convey a friendly, welcoming aspect to the project which aims to “make people aware about the importance of prevention against STDs”.”

Those far-fetched claims, did not convince the panelist, Wilson Pinheiro Jabur, who stated that the disputed domain name, at times, was used to redirect Internet users to the Complainant’s web page, and at other times to redirect Internet users to pornographic websites.

With all that in mind, the Complainant’s request to transfer the domain was granted.

Read the full decision on Cinpal.com here.


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3 Responses to “Cinpal.com : Circumcision information network sees its venture cut short via UDRP”
  1. Jeff Manes says:

    How do they plan to monetize the Circumcision Information Network? Adsense? Subscriptions? No, I got it. They can put out a virtual “tip jar”.

  2. DomainGang says:

    Jeff – It could have easily been *anything* else, like Copacabana Investments Nigeria. 😀

    That, might have been easier to believe.

  3. Dn Ebook says:

    They nipped that problem in the bud

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