Travelzoo buys meta domain despite active trademark violations

Travelzoo is an internet company that publishes deals from more than 5,000 travel, entertainment and local businesses such as restaurants and spas. Founded in 1998, Travelzoo provides its 30 million members “exclusive offers and one-of-a-kind experiences personally reviewed by our deal experts around the globe.” The company operates from the domain Travelzoo.com and applied for […]

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Bitmex.group UDRP: Respondent is a “business man”

If you consider yourself a “business man” then stay away from other businesses’ trademarks. The hilarious response filed by the Respondent in the UDRP against Bitmex.group emphasizes the ballsy attitude of cybersquatters. BitMEX is a crypto exchange platform and a registered trademark of HDR Global Trading Limited. They operate from the domain name Bitmex.com. While […]

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“Netflix Hub” launching on Walmart without the matching .com #domain

Netflix is launching a new online store called “Netflix Hub” and it will be sitting on Walmart’s platform. The Netflix-powered store will be selling licensed merchandise of shows made popular on Netflix, such as the Squid Game, so that consumers can get these products on time for the holidays. This will hopefully cut down on […]

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#WIPO press release claims all #UDRP filings are about #cybersquatting

A press release from the Swiss-based WIPO on the number of UDRP cases crossing the 50,000 mark, seems to assert that all of them were related to cybersquatting. This astounding claim seems to be biased towards IP holders and ignores the thousands of cases where a UDRP’s claims were denied – simply because no cybersquatting […]

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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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