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Videoplay.com #UDRP : Aged #domain stays with its registrant, not #Vodacom

Vodacom filed a UDRP at the WIPO, to get the aged domain VideoPlay.com. Registered in 2001, this generic domain name has been parked or under construction for many years. Vodacom apparently registered the mark VIDEO PLAY in South Africa earlier this year. In 2014, it registered the service mark VODACOM VIDEO PLAY, exclaiming the “video […]

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#Electrum .net : An 18 year old #domain was lost via the #UDRP and here’s why

Electrum.net is a domain registered in 2001, a full 18 years ago. Electrum Technologies GmbH, Germany, challenged its ownership based on a European trademark registered in 2019, and won. How is this possible? Apparently, the Electrum.net registrant copied the Complainant’s website at Electrum.org, and used this in phishing attempts that targeted Bitcoin wallets. The Complainant […]

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#Namecheap profits from unused #domain names, says respondent in Linear.ink #UDRP

The registrant of Linear.ink called his domain’s registration “innocent” and meant for “an art blog about inking line drawings”. This great demonstration of keyword+gTLD forming a meaningful pair was almost ruined by Namecheap’s PPC ads that allegedly triggered a UDRP. According to the domain’s registrant, the ads displayed infringing links: “…irritated that namecheap profits of […]

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#Radiola .com UDRP : Generic word versus a registered trademark

The owner of Radiola.com was hit with a UDRP. The Complainant is a Swiss company claiming rights to the RADIOLA mark that go back to 1955, all while the domain was registered in 2000. Radiola Consumer AG possess a valid trademark, but the Respondent asserted that “radiola” is simply a generic word, which means “small […]

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Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking finding in #AGSpace .com #UDRP

A British company with a trademark for AG Space – Space to Grow, sought to get AGSpace.com via the UDRP process. The issue: the figurative mark was registered in 2014, but the domain AGSpace.com has a 1998 registration date. The domain’s owner’s initials are “AG” and they are using the domain in a legitimate business. […]

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MX.com registrant lost #UDRP despite claims of phishing against IDN #domain

MX, a company formerly known as Money Desktop, acquired the domain MX.com in 2014 upon rebranding. The domain’s previous owner, MediMetrix, most likely sold MX.com for an undisclosed amount. Someone registered the IDN domain name ᴍx.com (xn--x-x6l.com) and the visual match was perceived as a phishing scheme threat for the fintech company. They filed a […]

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#Velcro tape .com : Famous brand #domain leads to #UDRP at the #WIPO

Velcro is a famous trademark involving a series of products for fastening or tying things together. The Belgian group of companies registered Velcro.com in 1994. The matching US trademark was registered in 1958, and the company is very protective of its marks and products, one of which is Velcro tape. Since 2006, there have been […]

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Giant #Orange submits to #MiniOrange .com via #domain #UDRP loss

Orange is a telecom giant with operations in more than 200 countries, and owns thousands of ORANGE or ORANGE‑formative trademarks registered in jurisdictions around the world. That being said, they surely can’t have exclusive rights to the “orange” word, despite owning the premium generic domain name, Orange.com. A British company called MiniOrange.com provides various security […]

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#Netbank .Online : Trademark holder failed to snatch #domain at the #WIPO

Nedbank – with a “d” – is one of the five largest banks in South Africa and has been in existence since 1831. They operate from the domain Nedbank.co.za, and filed a UDRP against the registrant of Netbank.Online – spelled with a “t.” According to the UDRP, the Complainant is the proprietor of various NEDBANK […]

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#Infocert .com UDRP ends up with a finding of Reverse #Domain Name Hijacking

The domain infocert.com was registered in 1998, making it 21 years old. Infocert S.p.a., Italy, attempted to wrestle the domain away from its registrant. The Respondent says it has owned and used the Disputed Domain Name since its registration date of October 1, 1998. It says it is in precisely the same area of business […]

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#Facedbooks .com : #Cybersquatter wanted $50 million dollars for this #domain name

A blatant cybersquatter registered Facedbooks.com, and created a lander imitating an old version of Facebook.com. The domain was listed for sale on Afternic with an asking price of $4,999 dollars, but once Facebook filed a UDRP at the WIPO, the Respondent made threats. According to the UDRP case between Facebook Inc., and Turkey-based Guven Ozdemir, […]

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#Fcuk you .com : #WIPO panelist won’t accept #domain Respondent’s argument

The registrant of the domain FcukYou.com desired to use it as an obvious anagram of the phrase, “fuck you.” The problem is that a British company registered the FCUK mark in the UK two decades ago, in connection to clothing. The case went to the WIPO via the UDRP process, and the Respondent cried foul […]

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