CategoryDomain Disputes

Domain of Largest Torrent Portal Suspended

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Torrentz2.eu, the primary domain of the popular torrent website has been suspended by the EURid. It was the most visited torrent indexing site as of April 2020. Torrentz2, launched in 2016, is the successor of Torrentz, which abruptly shut down the same year. While Torrentz was based in Finland, its heir wasn’t so generous to reveal that info. But that was no barrier to the meta-search platform...

The Largest Crypto Exchange Loses Domain Dispute To An Australian Florist

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Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in trade volume (as of January 2018) recently lost a domain dispute to Binancé, an Australian florist. The domain in question here is binance.com.au. Binance filed the complaint on April 15, 2020, and the proceedings began on April 17, 2020. Ashurst Australia was representing Binance, and its lawyers argued that trademark for Binance had been...

Almost Half of .UK Domain Disputes in 2019 Decided In Favour Of The Complainant

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Nominet, the registry for .uk domains released, the yearly report on domain disputes it handled in 2019. It introduced its Dispute Resolution System back in 2001 for this purpose. eBay and Gumtree, Pierre Balmain SA, the Taunton Angling Association, and Groupon make up some of the most noteworthy cases of the year. Now, let’s look at some stats: 0.007% of the total .uk domains i.e. 801 disputed...

Panel decides RDNH while the registrant didn’t even respond

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How often have you heard a UDRP panel deciding against the complainant even when the respondent didn’t even appear. Now on top of that add that not only the respondent won, but the panel also decided that the complainant was Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH). This is what happened with the domain AdviceGroup.com. Advice Group S.P.A. an Italian company filed a UDRP over the domain name...

Fighting Against A Trademark Bully – How to Handle UDRP

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For young startups, prospective entrepreneurs, small companies and people, buying a good keyword domain has always been a scary thing because of the millions of trademarks out there, in hundreds of countries. The trademark holders watch keyword domain registrations and waste no time to pounce upon if they find even a remote chance of infringement. It costs just $1500 to file what is known as a...

DomainX Conference 2017 India: Event Report

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Last week, I attended DomainX, a domain names conference & meetup held at New Delhi in India. The event attracted a small and niche crowd of domain name investors, and there were several learnings and takeaways from the sessions for both professional and aspiring domainers. The event started off with Chief Guest, Samiran Gupta, head of ICANN India, inaugurating it. Samiran also participated...

Cybersquatter Loses RedTube Domain

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The operator of adult website Redtube has reclaimed an infringing domain name in a World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center UDRP dispute. Mindgeek, which also operates the Pornhub and Youporn brands, accused the owner of redtubexxx.xxx of trademark infringement and running a copycat service, and alleged that the domain was filed in bad faith, purely hijack...

Marx Bros v. Warner Bros — An Amusing Lesson in the Dangers of Trademark Bullying

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A few months ago, the Journal of the Missouri Bar published a superb article by my colleague Drey Cooley, the title of which captures its essence: “Avoid Becoming a Trademark Bully: The Art of Writing Cease and Desist Letters.” As Drey explains, an over-the-top demand letter, especially when aimed at a small business, creates the risk of damaging blow-back in the form of what he labels “social...

Trademark Bullying – The Other Side of The Domain Industry

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We all are familiar with the word “bullying”, but how many of us are aware of trademark bullying? Which apparently has created quite a ruckus in domain industry in past decade. As the name suggests, trademark bullying is an act in which a trademark owner tries to exert its hegemony over other entity regarding rights to use trademarked expression, design or logo. Trademark bullying was rather a...

Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft’s killing domain-squatters with trademark law

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Bit-by-bit, Microsoft is hitting back at an international domain-squatting/drive-by-hacking operation by taking over the domains involved. An unsealed order from US District of Eastern Virginia judge Bruce Gerald Lee shows that at the end of June, Redmond gained control of more than 60 domain names registered with the Public Internet Registry, Afilias USA, and VeriSign. The basis of the lawsuit...

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