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Domainfest lawsuit – Who’s tempting fate?

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This is rather corny but the timing is very relevant. Whoever registered the domain name DomainfestLawsuit.com is clearly asking for trouble.

Two reasons: the domain is parked and “domainfest” is a registered trademark.

Judging by the registration date via DomainTools – February 12, 2011 – we’d assume the speculator is attempting to predict a situation arising from the recent “domainer flu” during Domainfest in Santa Monica.

Still, a stupid move in our opinion. Would the Domainfest lawyers make a move to get the domain?


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9 Responses to “Domainfest lawsuit – Who’s tempting fate?”
  1. Gnanes says:

    can we sue the owner for making the stupid move?

  2. BullS says:

    DomainfestLawsuit.com —it will be in the BS domains dot com website.

    Should just register domainflulawsuit dot com

  3. Lucius "Guns" Fabrice says:

    Gnanes – I know, right?

    BullS – Time to update that index then 😀 I agree, remember there is also DomainerFlu.com

  4. andrew says:

    I wonder what the rules are about registering a domain including a brand for legal purposes.

    Under UDRP it’s clear that the domain name isn’t owned by the trademark holder, but it appears some cases have been won by complainants.

    I should note that at least one law firm is considering a lawsuit depending on the results of medical tests.

  5. Lucius "Guns" Fabrice says:

    Andrew – It’s all about (ab)use of a brand; if there were an actual pending lawsuit that’d be a different case. Right now, the domain is parked and not used e.g. as a forum or portal for a class action lawsuit.

  6. PL says:

    No it isn’t. If Coca Cola sickens 1000 people, a lawyer can very easily and legally register cocacolalawsuit.com. Trademarks are about confusion, first and foremost, not a blanket prohibition. See http://www.bplawsuit.com/

  7. Lucius "Guns" Fabrice says:

    PL – that’s exactly what I said: a lawyer might do that, not a speculator that parked the domain on a page with PPC content. A lawyer would build a web site displaying the lawsuit particulars.

  8. Lucius, DomainerFlu.com is taken. I should know; I registered it. ;+)

  9. Lucius "Guns" Fabrice says:

    Bill – You managed to do so only because all the other domainers were sick with the flu 😀

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