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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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Rule40.com and the Olympics : Gloves are off

The Olympics in Rio are over, and for many around the world, that’s a relief. Sponsors and brand advertisers of athletes that aren’t certified by the International Olympic Committee, view the Olympics with mixed feelings. After all, the IOC is in full control of who can post images bearing its long-standing trademarks, or even reference […]

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Olympic domains : Protection of the City+Year word mark

A recent lawsuit filed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sought to secure rights to domains consisting of “City+Year” word marks. Although the practice targeted specific candidate cities owned by a self-professed investor in geo-domains, one might be walking on thin ice when registering any such “City+Year” combinations. In a recent article about the intellectual […]

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Domains not to register : TrumpOlympics.com

Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, has been the butt of many jokes in recent days. After sharing a photo from 2004 that shows him carry the Olympic torch in New York wearing the official Athens 2004 outfit, Twitter exploded with the hashtag #TrumpOlympics. Although it’s debatable whether using famous marks in hashtags constitutes infringement, someone […]

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