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Have You Purchased Your .xxx Domain Name Yet?

Have you purchased your .xxx domain yet?  I am only half joking.  Many companies (big and small) that have absolutely no relation to the pornography industry have been buying up their tradenames at the .xxx level.  They have been reserving those domains from registration (see: Walmart.xxx) so that third parties cannot scoop up the domains and […]

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Prepare For Trademark Infringement With New Top-Level Domains

Generic top-level domains (gTLDs) include .com, .net, .org, .edu, and other variations in what is considered to be the back-end of a domain name.  In 2000, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) introduced .aero, .biz, .coop, .inof, .museum, .name, and .pro.  Then, in 2005, .cat, .jobs, .mobi, .tel, and .travel were added […]

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Coventry First Files Twittersquatting Lawsuit, Probably Won’t Win

Ever since domain names have been open for public registration, domain owners have been guilty of cybersquatting on other peoples’/companies names.  Some cybersquatting cases are more clear than others.  If I register the domain name BurgerKing.com, it is unlikely that I can defend it by showing a legitimate use for owning the URL.  However, if […]

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Gucci Gains Over Twenty Domains In UDRP Hearing

Guccio Gucci founded the Italian fashion and leather goods label Gucci in Florence in 1921.  Since then, it has become a very fashionable and profitable brand throughout the world.  The brand holds many registrations for the trademark GUCCI throughout the world.  It was not pleased to find out that someone had registered multiple domain names that […]

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Twitter Files Its First UDRP Complaint Against TwitterSearch.com

On October 24, 1999, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) approved the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).  The UDRP incorporated by contract into registration agreements for .com, .org, .net and some other domain names.  The focus was on regulating bad faith cybersquatting on trademarks. Clause 4 of the UDRP discusses the Mandatory […]