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December, 2009

  • 4 December

    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 …

November, 2009

  • 18 November

    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 …

  • 17 November

    Suspected domain thief indicted

    Several months ago, New Jersey police arrested alleged domain hijacker Daniel Goncalves. He is suspected of stealing the domain P2P.com, which he sold on eBay for $111,000 USD, from a group of three owners. Yesterday, the state’s technology crime unit hit Goncalves with a seven-count grand jury indictment. The charges …

  • 13 November

    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 …

  • 4 November

    Judge rules WHOIS privacy constitutes “material falsification”

    Recently there has been heated debate about whether or not WHOIS privacy protection, an inexpensive service that lets domain registrants hide their contact information from the public, should be allowed. In the recent case U.S. v Kilbride, an American judge ruled that using privacy protection constitutes “material falsification.” The defendant …

October, 2009

  • 22 October

    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 …

  • 19 October

    Verizon goes after cybersquatters

    The cellular provider famous for its “Can you hear my now?” adverts is making itself heard. This week Verizon filed a number of lawsuits against cybersquatters. Some of the domains involved are varizon.com, vierzon.com, and virazon.com. These clearly infringe upon Verizon’s trademark. The company is demanding $100,000 per domain in …

  • 16 October

    Steffi Graf wins domain dispute

    German world tennis champion Steffi Graf found herself fighting in a different sort of court recently– the National Arbitration Forum. SGF License, LLC, a company that has exclusive rights to Graf’s name, submitted a complaint that the domain steffigraf.info was confusingly similar to the athlete’s name and used in bad …

September, 2009

  • 16 September

    Does WHOIS privacy protection constitute bad faith?

    In a recent dispute over domain ShoeZone.com, arbitrator WIPO declared the owner guilty of bad faith and ordered the name be transferred to a UK trademark holder. This was in part due to his use of WHOIS privacy protection to hide his contact details: …the Respondent’s use of the privacy …

  • 15 September

    Johnson & Johnson win shampoo domain case

    American pharmaceutical and general consumables company Johnson & Johnson recently filed a dispute over nizoralshampoo.com, registered by Jorgenson Group of Companies. J&J claimed that the domain is similar to its trademarked Nizoral shampoo product. For its defense, Jorgenson had nothing to offer, opting not to respond when the case was …