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Jeanine Amapola : Social media influencer gets her #domain via the #UDRP process

Jeanine Amapola is “a prolific and internationally recognized American YouTube lifestyle and fitness star, social media influencer and actor.” Despite being in the biz for a full decade, she never registered her domain name, jeanineamapola.com. This is often a characteristic of social media celebs that rely on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and other platforms to reach […]

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#WIPO : Bank of America .MX #domain ended up for sale at DAN

If you register domains that infringe on corporate names and brands, you are a damn cybersquatter – no ifs and buts. In the case of the domain BankOfAmerica.mx, the registrant put it up for sale on DAN.com. It’s surprising to see that there is no filtration in place for famous brands and marks such as […]

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Three times a charm: #Pornhub brand squatter loses another #UDRP

A Pornhub domain cybersquatter has lost his 3rd UDRP in a row, this time for the typo-domain Porhub.com. Having lost the UDRP for Pornhub.CO and Ponrhub.com, the inevitable happened, and the Complainant filed another UDRP. In his response, the Respondent asserted that they should not be targeted, if others are doing the same: “The major […]

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Facebook trademark and #Libra domains : Don’t be this guy!

Facebook announced Libra, along with Calibra, as a brand pair leveraging a new cryptocurrency protocol and wallet. The announcement sent a lot of domain speculators into high gear, seeking to profit from these popular keywords. Registering a generic term is one thing, but “Facebook” is a famous brand and trademark. By incorporating trademarks alongside generic […]

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Dot .INC Registry promotes #domains as an antidote to #cybersquatting!

Dot .INC domains are now available, for companies and individuals that want to try a new gTLD. The dot .INC Registry shared the news in a press release yesterday, titled “.inc Launches as the Domain Ending that Means Business.” The press release contains the typical enthusiastic lingo that Registries use to introduce their gTLD to […]

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#Shuhada Davitt : New name of Sinéad O’Connor squatted by #domain investor

The singer formerly known as Sinéad O’Connor, and later on named Magda Davitt, has announced her recent name change to Shuhada’ Davitt. When you’re a public figure, announcing such a name change should be accompanied by the securing of the matching dot .com domain name. In this case, Shuhada’ Davitt didn’t proactively register ShuhadaDavitt.com and […]

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Dot .NG : Jail time for domain cybersquatters in Nigeria!

If you’re found guilty of domain cybersquatting in Nigeria, prepare to do some jail time. Prior to the enactment of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015, cybersquatting could only be addressed within the law of trademarks or the tort of passing off, which often proved inadequate. The recent enactment of the Act, brought into existence a […]

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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. That cybersquatting act claim was apparently difficult to […]

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Actors and UDRP : Stamos, Cusack, Downey Jr. – Where are their domains now?

Famous actors often become targets of cybersquatting; the unscrupulous registration of their full names for monetary reasons. Some Hollywood actors fail to register or maintain ownership of their full name as a domain, primarily .com, and someone else does. Upon realization of this, many go after the domain owners, by filing a UDRP against the […]

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Olympic fight : I’m not a cybersquatter, says geodomain investor

A case involving a man apparently investing in geographical domains, and the almighty International Olympic Committee is unfolding. Stephen Frayne, Jr. of City Pure LLC, asserts that he had no ulterior motives when he registered more than 1,000 domains bearing the names of cities – plus a year suffix. A federal judge in Houston, Texas, […]

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Cybersquatting : It should not be controlled by the US Congress

The problem of cybersquatting as it applies to domains, isn’t new. ICANN started dealing with such violations in 1999, introducing the UDRP process on April 30th of that year. Although 17 years have passed since, many domain investors continue to fail the cybersquatting test, with regards to the domain registrations of choice. An article from […]

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Chinese Cybersquatter plays the “great firewall” card in massive Facebook UDRP

By violating a famous brand’s trademarks, one has to be extremely creative in defending their deed. In the case of a Chinese domain registrant who registered a bunch of Instagram domain typos, the argument was rather weak. Facebook and its daughter company, Instagram, filed a UDRP at the WIPO, for the following domains: facebookenespanol.com faecdook.com […]

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