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February 22, 2019 10:34

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Company says using the word “collusion” in a domain is cybersquatting

Another facepalm moment for law firm Stobbs IP. A better message would be “Action required. We should review our cases before sending a C&D.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation is representing the registrant of the domain name collusion.so after he received a threat letter from U.K. clothing company Asos. The registrant bought the domain name after […]

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The CloudInsure.com UDRP has a lot of open questions

I’m confused after reading this UDRP decision and reviewing the domain’s details This morning I began writing an article about a UDRP for CloudInsure.com. My general thesis was that this should have been a case of reverse domain name hijacking. Once I started investigating, I had more questions than I had answers. According to the […]

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ICANN 63, Day 0 — registrars bollock DI as Whois debate kicks off

Blameless, cherubic domain industry news blogger Kevin Murphy received a bollocking from registrars over recent coverage of Whois reform yesterday, as he attended the first day of ICANN 63, here in Barcelona. Meanwhile, the community working group tasked with designing this reform put in a 10-hour shift of face-to-face talks, attempting to craft the language […]

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Registrars still not responding to private Whois requests

Registrars are still largely ignoring requests for private Whois data, according to a brand protection company working for Facebook. AppDetex wrote to ICANN (pdf) last week to say that only 3% of some 9,000 requests it has made recently have resulted in the delivery of full Whois records. Almost 60% of these requests were completely […]

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Book review — “Domain Names: Strategies and Legal Aspects”

I’ve only ever read two books about the domain name industry. The first one was Kieren McCarthy’s excellent Sex.com, the 2007 barely believable non-fictional tech-thriller that seemed to deliberately eschew inside-baseball policy talk in favor of a funny and rather gripping human narrative. The second, Domain Names – Strategies and Legal Aspects, by Jeanette Soderlund […]

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UDRP has its limits when it comes to taking down counterfeit websites

Even if the domain owner is doing a bad thing, UDRP can only be used if all three prongs of the policy are met. This website looks like that of Zimmermann, even showing a picture of one of its storefronts. It’s a fake, but UDRP isn’t the appropriate way to take it down. The Uniform […]

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Talking UDRP with Gerald Levine – DNW Podcast #201

The author of a book about UDRP discusses cybersquattind dispute trends. Gerald Levine literally wrote the book on UDRP. His book Domain Name Arbitration is the bible for domain name lawyers. On today’s show, Levine discusses some of the trends he’s seeing in UDRP cybersquatting disputes. Also: Abry gobbles up Donuts, Namecheap hits 10 million, […]

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Cybersquatting cases up because of .com

The World Intellectual Property Organization handled cybersquatting cases covering almost a thousand extra domain names in 2017 over the previous year, but almost all of the growth came from complaints about .com names, according to the latest WIPO stats. There were 3,074 UDRP cases filed with WIPO in 2017, up about 1.2% from the 3,036 […]

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Owner of CryptoSecurities.exchange goes after CryptoSecurities.com

CryptoSecurities.com was registered in 2013 and the plaintiff’s business was just created this year. A law firm that created a business on the domain name CryptoSecurities.exchange has filed a lawsuit (pdf) against the owner of the CryptoSecurities.com domain name In the suit, plaintiff Castro & Co claims to have “a federal trademark registration, no. 87756075, […]

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BrandBucket battles cybersquatter

WIPO panel orders two domain names to be transferred to BrandBucket. Brandable domain name marketplace BrandBucket has won a battle against the cybersquatter who registered the domain names BrandBucket.org and BrandBucket.shop. The domain name registrant, Ruben Botn-Joergensen, was certainly brazen. According to the UDRP decision, In June 2016 BrandBucket let its U.S. trademark application lapse. […]

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