#WHOIS and the #Law : Drastic changes to #domain information thanks to #GDPR

GDPR, a European data privacy law, takes effect on May 25th. Until then, little is known about how WHOIS, the core information of domain name ownership, will be affected. Domain registrars, such as GoDaddy, are beginning to provide a snippet of the WHOIS information they used to display when a domain was being queried. GoDaddy […]

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Amazon : #Malware spreading #domain typo registered in 1998 lost in #UDRP

An obvious Amazon typo, Amazo.com, was lost via the UDRP process at the National Arbitration Forum. Registered in 1998, Amazo.com spread malware, according to the UDRP, filed by Amazon technologies, Inc.: “Respondent currently uses the <amazo.com> domain name to deliver malware or facilitate phishing/tech support scams. The domain name initially resolves to an OpenDNS warning […]

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#Brandzy : Consultant extorted company to return #domain name, according to #UDRP details

Brandzy AB, a Swedish company, hired a consultant to assist with the acquisition of its domain, Brandzy.com. Things turned sour, apparently, and according to a UDRP at the WIPO, the consultant extorted the company. The domain Brandzy.com was registered in 2009 and was offered for sale at Uniregistry Market at some point. There are no […]

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DME .com : Molding equipment company fails to snatch aged three letter #domain

DME Company LLC, a molding equipment company, attempted to snatch the aged domain DME.com via the UDRP process. The Complainant produced evidence of a registered trademark for DME, with a registration date of 1994. Meanwhile, the domain DME.com was registered in 2001, seventeen years ago. The Respondent’s legal representative, Zak Muscovitch of Muscovitch Law P.C., […]

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Domain UDRP : A four letter word you can’t say on the Internet

The most abominable, four letter word you cannot say on the Internet, or the domainer community, does not start with an “F.” “UDRP” speaks volumes in the domain name industry, and it stands for Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy. A UDRP is the process by which a trademark holder petitions ICANN, the international governing body of […]

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Jireh.com : Canadian company manages to grab 1995 domain via the UDRP process

Jireh.com was registered in 1995, and it was just lost via the UDRP process. The Complainant is Jireh Industries Ltd., a Canadian company. In 2016, the Complainant filed applications to register the JIREH mark in Canada and the US, asserting common law rights to the mark going as far back as in 1983. In this […]

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Normann.com : Reverse Domain Hijacking decision for unjust UDRP

The UDRP against the aged domain Normnann.com ended up with a RDNH finding. Its Danish registrant, Peter Normann, has held the domain since its registration 21 years ago; the Complainant was Normann Copenhagen ApS of Copenhagen, Denmark. According to the UDRP: The Complainant was established in 1999 and has grown to be one of the […]

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Fazeclan.com : Group of gamers get domain in UDRP

Gaming is a serious business these days, and a gaming group called FazeClan just got the domain Fazeclan.com via the UDRP process. The Complainant is FazeClan Inc. of Plainview, New York, represented by Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP. While the group of gamers asserts they first started using the term in 2010, they applied […]

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NamePros : Heidi Powell .com domain case raises the issue of domains as property

An ongoing thread over at NamePros raises, once again, the issue of whether domain names are property. Contributing his vast knowledge on the subject of domain law, IP attorney and recent grandfather, John Berryhill, states: “And here we come to one of my pet peeves – the irrational insistence by some domainers that domain names […]

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Iceland.co.uk domain in danger after Iceland – the country – files lawsuit; is .COM next?

Iceland, the European country, has filed a lawsuit against an aged British supermarket chain, Iceland Foods. The country’s government announced that it has taken legal action against the supermarket chain, on behalf of its businesses and people. In a statement, the government of Iceland revealed its goal is to ensure the right of Icelandic companies […]

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“Get real!” says Respondent to WIPO UDRP

Frustration and anger over the UDRP against the domain name, axadacca.com, was evident; its owner had a couple of things to say to the WIPO. According to the case, AXA SA of Paris, France, claimed that its “AXA” mark was violated in this case, and brought a complaint against the domain’s owner. Mr. Surridge of […]

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SOLINK : Chinese domainer defends domain against UDRP

Gone are the days that Chinese domain investors failed to produce a response, when faced with a UDRP against their assets. In a case involving the domain Solink.com, the Respondent succeeded to fend off the Complainant’s demands. Solink Corporation of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, claimed rights to the SOLINK mark. According to the UDRP: “The Complainant […]

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