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ICANN "fined" $475,000 for rejection of .xxx

The International Centre For Dispute Resolution ruled yesterday that ICANN should pay ICM Registry, the main proponent of the controversial .xxx domain, $475,000 in damages plus $221,000 in arbitration fees for its rejection of the extension. Fortunately for ICANN, the ruling is not binding. ICM has applied for the extension three times since 2000, only […]

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Cybersquatting may be on the decline

Data collected from a number of arbitration panels, including the WIPO and National Arbitration Forum, show that cybersquatting may be on the decline. Last year saw a 9% decline in the number of cybersquatting cases filed overall, a three-year low. Unfortunately, this decrease does not necessarily mean the number of cybersquatters has gone down. Instead, […]

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Wal-Mart wins domain dispute

Big box retailer Wal-Mart won two domains in a recent arbitration dispute: peapleofwalmart.com and walmart-winners.com. The corporation claims the names were used in bad faith “to raise advertising revenue through the use of sponsored links.” This case is interesting because the owner of peapleofwalmart.com probably didn’t mean to profit from Wal-Mart. The name is a […]

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Domain name arbitration

Coca-Cola has won rockncoke.net in a domain name arbitration case at the WIPO. The beverage company claimed the domain was confusing similar to its trademark and used in bad faith. The panel responsible for the ruling also believes that the registrant intended to sell the name to Coca-Cola and turn a profit. This is a […]

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Apple gains control of itunes.com.mx

Given the large number of domain extensions out there, it’s nearly impossible for companies to register a domain on each one for all their products. This explains why Apple recently filed a dispute over the name itunes.com.mx, which had been registered several years earlier by a cybersquatter. Naturally, Apple won the domain because of its […]

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Janet Jackson wins domain arbitration case

Janet Jackson has won a domain dispute submitted by her representative, Stephen J. Strauss, to the National Arbitration Forum. The name in question is rhythmnation1814.com, which she claims violated her trademark on the album name “Rhythm Nation 1814.” The arbitration panel ordered the name be transferred to Jackson. It is probably a good thing she […]

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Kate Hudson initiates battle for KateHudson.com

Award-winning actress Kate Hudson submitted a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum this week over the domain KateHudson.com. She is asking that the name be transferred to her. The registrant is Fei Zhu, a Shanghai resident. He has owned the name since 2006, but it will be hard for him to prove he isn’t using […]

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AAA wins battle over AAA.net

A Pennsylvania judge ruled earlier this week that the domain AAA.net be transferred to the American Automobile Association (AAA). The judgment ended a long legal battle between the AAA and the registrant, James M. Van Johns. AAA claimed that Van Johns and his company, QTK Internet, Inc, were committing cybersquatting by profiting off the AAA […]

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Yahoo seeks to get hands on Yahoo.tel

Internet giant Yahoo recently filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum, arguing that it has rights to Yahoo.tel. The domain was registered on March 23, 2009 by David Blanco of Oviedo, Spain. Yahoo will likely win the dispute. Given the company’s vast web presence and many trademarks, how can the current owner justify his […]

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Kraft loses dispute over Oreo.nl

In a rare victory for the little guy, a domain arbitrator has ruled that Kraft has no right to Oreo.nl, which the company recently filed a dispute over. J.C. van Winkel registered Oreo.nl in 2000. He uses the name for his personal email, but never set up a site with it. With the recent introduction […]

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