CategoryTrademarks

Eminem has bought half-a-million dollar NFT

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Begin 2022 and even Eminem has bought a NFT. Yes, Eminem has joined the frenzy. The iconic rapper has bought Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT #9055. Eminem has bought the NFT for a price of 123.45 Ethereum. This was equivalent to $453,000 at the time of purchase. OpenSea sold the NFT, and has also created a new name for the buyer. The NFT is mentioned to be owned by Shady_Holdings. A nod to the...

When Ferrari schooled two domain names

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Ferrari once had a very interesting interaction with two domain names.  The case originated from a slight inconvenience people had with Ferrari. Old Ferrari cars’ wiring diagrams in the manuals were very difficult to understand. They were poorly written, improperly scanned, used Italian nomenclature and were all black wired. People needed an easier version, but Ferrari didn’t...

Domain Story: RegalGames.com

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The domain name RegalGames.com was at the center of a dispute between a toy and games company and a private individual. The Complainant was Regal Games LLC while the Respondent was Wolfgang Sauer. The Complainant has the trademark rights over the term ‘Regal Games’. The Complainant argues that the Respondents domain name is confusingly similar to its trademarks as well as domain name Regal-games...

Changes in the Dispute Resolution Policy of .tr

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Turkey is going to change Domain Resolution Policies related to .tr domain names. The Information Communications and Technology Authority (ICTA) has proposed a Draft Communiqué on Dispute Resolution Mechanism. The Draft Communiqué has several new propositions as compared to the previous one. There were certain provisions regarding the eligibility of Dispute Resolution Service Providers (DRSP)...

The legacy of J. W. Dant

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Some stories are so interesting that you start thinking how a movie based on them would look like. Well, seldom do such feelings arise out of legal proceedings. However, a recent judgement could very confidently be described as an exception.  The story is of J. W. Dant. Dant used to distill bourbon in his own unique way. He later started selling ‘J. W. Dant- branded bourbon...

Cloudflare receives DMCA Subpoena to disclose domain name details

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Cyber Scams are nasty aren’t they? What is more nasty is the fact that a very small percentage of perpetrators behind these scams actually get caught. But what if domain name registering agencies disclosed the identity of fraudulent domain name holders?  Digital Millennium Copyright Act Services Ltd. (DMCA) has handed a subpoena to Cloudflare regarding the disclosure of information...

Court fines the operators of pirated domain name

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A US court has fined the operators of a Ukraine based chain of piracy sites. The US Court for the Western District of Washington has decided against one Kiss Library for infringing upon the copyrighted products of the plaintiffs. The Plaintiffs were several writers, Penguin Random House LLC and Amazon Content Services LLC. Kiss Library operated through a network of malicious domain names. The...

Which artworks are entering the public domain in 2022?

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A number of popular artworks are entering the public domain. This means that anyone can use it. Usually artworks are protected by Intellectual Property Rights, and you can’t use them without the owner’s permission. However, there are certain exceptions where you can use some of the artworks without the owner’s permission. How is this possible and which artworks are now in the public domain. Don’t...

Domain Story: Lumos.com

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The domain name Lumos.com was under dispute a few months ago. The Complainant in the case was Gridiron Fiber Corp. and Lumos Networks. The Respondent was Yui Quan, who is a domain name investor. The Complainant argued that it has trademark rights over the term ‘Lumos Networks’. The domain name Lumos.com was confusingly similar to its own trademarks and domain name LumosNetworks.com. It contested...

General Motors has filed to trademark this name

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General Motors has filed an application at the United States Trademark and Patent Office. The name has a lot of nostalgia and tremendous future scope associated with it. The term is ‘Buick Electra’. Anyone, who isn’t living under the rocks, would understand the value of the term ‘Electra’, at the hands of a Car manufacturing company, at present times. With the Electric Vehicles sector exploding...

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