Domain name of one of the Oldest LINUX OS impersonated

Debian is a free open-source LINUX based Operating System. It is the oldest OS that is based on the monolithic LINUX kernel and has been in operation since 1993. There is a huge number of open source applications that can be run on this OS with varying operations that include domestic, business, manufacturing, etc.

The OS faced a peculiar problem when one of the domain names related to it was registered and being used. A domain name was registered and was used to malign the brand image of Debian. Actually, the original domain name of Debian is at  The website states Debian as an open-sourced OS as well as a community.

Based on this fact, the concerned domain name, was clearly very important for the people at Debian. In fact the person who registered the domain name was an ex-developer who worked at the organisation. The company’s former employee had claimed that the contents of the website at the domain name are merely inconvenient truths about the platform with an aim of rectifying the organisation rather than demeaning it.

Debian had to reach WIPO in defence of its trademark DEBIAN infringed through the domain name. The Complainant was represented by three different entities all related to the Debian OS. The Respondent in a pretty bizarre way even filed for a RDNH. The panel expectedly decided in favour of the Complainant and handed over the domain name to Debian. You can read the full case in detail here.

Although the domain name has been transferred to Debian, it has announced that this is not the last such attempt by its former employee. In fact it claimed that another related domain name was registered by them, but declined to mention the domain name because of the demeaning content present on the website.


  1. Larry Colt Avatar
    Larry Colt

    This case demonstrates the significance of domain names and their impact on a brand’s image. The domain name was used to harm the Debian brand, showcasing the dangers of using a similar domain name. It emphasizes the importance of protecting trademarks and monitoring brand names online. Resolving disputes over domain names can be time-consuming and expensive, so companies should take precautions to protect their domain names. For individuals, this serves as a reminder to be cautious when registering domain names and the potential consequences of using a domain name similar to an established brand.

  2. David Blake Avatar
    David Blake

    To fix a domain name dispute all registrars must follow the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (often referred to as the ” UDRP “). Under the policy, most types of trademark-based domain-name disputes must be resolved by agreement, court action, or arbitration before a registrar will cancel, suspend, or transfer a domain name.

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