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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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Canadian politics : Halifax councillor releases cybersquatted domains

All is fair in love and war, and the latter incorporates politics. A Canadian councillor was apparently ill-advised, when she registered the full name of a political opponent. Halifax Regional councillor, Linda Mosher, initially registered the domains shawncleary.com and shawncleary.ca, as part of her political strategy. Shawn Cleary is the name of a political opponent, […]

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Franky Zapata : Flyboard inventor gets .com domain via UDRP

Flyboard is a fun activity, utilizing a water-propelled “jetpack” and its French inventor is Franky Zapata. The Flyboard was created in 2012, according to Wikipedia; Franky Zapata failed to register his full name, FrankyZapata.com, at the time, so someone else did. Franky Zapata registered the .FR variant in mid 2014, and a Florida chap named […]

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Citi.land UDRP : Don’t mess with trademarks and gTLDs

Riding on famous trademarks by registering alternate domains, is a bad choice regardless of TLD. Especially marks that form brands that stand out internationally, and offering these domains for sale to the trademark holder. That’s the epitome of cybersquatting. In a UDRP case involving the domain Citi.land, the Complainant was Citigroup Inc., holders of the […]

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