Olympic Committee settled lawsuit over City/Year domain names

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has settled a lawsuit, involving domain names that contain a city name with a year identifier.

Last year, the owner of more than 1,000 such domain names took on the IOC to defend his domain registrations as investments with a geographical focus.

PyeongChang2018.com – Domain is owned by the IOC.

That cybersquatting act claim was apparently difficult to prove, as the IOC and its US counterpart, the USOC, would have to show evidence of holding a trademark in these city-year domains; none of them contained the word “Olympics.”

Earlier this week, the IOC settled cybersquatting claims, brought against the registrant of domains with a city-year combination, similar to that used by Olympics host cities.

Law360 reports that the case was dismissed by the court, citing an agreed upon settlement, details of which were not made public.

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