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January 21, 2018 02:47

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Voys B.V. tries to hijack Voys.com domain name

Company that uses Voys.nl tried to get Voys.com through a UDRP. A Dutch telecom company has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for bringing a cybersquatting complaint against the owner of Voys.com. A three-person World Intellectual Property Organization panel determined that it filed its case in abuse of the policy. Among […]

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Informa Business Information guilty of reverse domain name hijacking

Company filed UDRP against dictionary term in reverse domain name hijacking attempt. Informa Business Information, a company that publishes information about the biopharma industry called The Pink Sheet, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking for the domain name PinkSheet.com. The decision isn’t surprising; when I saw the domain name I […]

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Pest control company tried reverse domain name hijacking

Owner of EcoSmart filed cybersquatting dispute in abuse of policy. New formula comes with added reverse domain name hijacking. A National Arbitration Forum panelist has found Kittrich Corporation, owner of a line of pest control products called EcoSmart, to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name EcoSmartPestControl.com. While the complainant has […]

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De Lage Landen International B.V. tries reverse domain name hijacking

Financial firm blasted for frivilous cybersquatting dispute. DLL is a financial solutions partner, and apparently a reverse domain name hijacker, too. A World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) panelist has determined that De Lage Landen International B.V. attempted reverse domain name hijacking by filing a cybersquatting dispute against DLL.com. The company uses the domain name DLLgroup.com. […]

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Parties agree to overturn UDRP decision and transfer domain for $40,000

Interesting cybersquatting lawsuit questions tribal sovereign immunity. Two years ago today I wrote about a lawsuit that VirtualPoint, Inc. (the same company that runs UDRPSearch) filed against Poarch Band of Creek Indians after the latter won a UDRP to get VirtualPoint’s domain name WindCreek.com. Domain investor George Kirikos recently came upon the UDRP decision in […]

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Wow: this is what public Whois could look like in 2018

Good luck figuring out what individual in the EU owns a domain name. The European Union will begin enforcing its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May of 2018. As I’ve written about before, this will have a major impact on Whois. How big? Well, I have jokingly included this image in my August story […]

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Weeds, Inc, which is suing to get Weeds.com, engaged in reverse domain name hijacking

This doesn’t bode well for its lawsuit. Earlier this week I wrote that Weeds, Inc. filed a cybersquatting lawsuit over the domain name Weeds.com. The lawsuit was filed despite a pending UDRP it filed with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO just handed down its decision in that case. Unsurprisingly, it found that Weeds, Inc […]

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Zak Muscovitch named interim general counsel of ICA

Former board member will lead legal efforts for domain investor organization. Zak Mucovitch Just weeks after taking on a volunteer role as counsel to the Internet Commerce Association (ICA), attorney Zak Muscovitch has been hired as interim counsel. Muscovitch will fill the void left by Phil Corwin. Corwin was counsel to the ICA since it […]

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Finnish firm nailed for Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

Prior communications contradicted claims in cybersquatting dispute. A Finnish textiles and interiors company has been found (pdf) to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Vallila.com. Oy Vallila Interior Ab of Helsinki, Finland filed the complaint and said that the only reason someone would be interested in this domain is to […]

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Thick Whois for .com delayed 6 months

Deadline pushed back thanks to contract negotiations and GDPR. ICANN’s Board has agreed to delay enforcement of thick whois in .Com, .Net and .Jobs by six months due primarily to concerns over the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). These domains are due to switch from a “thin Whois” to “thick Whois” for new […]

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