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Olympic Committee Goes After Tokyo 2021 Domain Names

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The 2020 Summer Olympics were scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan later on this Summer. Because of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the Olympic games were postponed to 2021. According to UDRPSearch.com, three UDRPs were filed against domain names with Tokyo2021 in them. The three UDRPs were filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). UDRP proceedings were filed against:

  • Tokyo2021.com (case #D2020-0810)
  • Tokyo2021.org (case #D2020-0808)
  • Tokyo2021.cn (case #DCN2020-0007)

No Joke: UDRP Filed Against Joking.com

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A UDRP was filed against the generic one word Joking.com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) today. The case can be found via UDRPSearch.com (confirmed on the NAF website), and it is case #1890577. You will note that this article is being published on April 2, so it is not an April Fool’s Day joke.

Joking.com was created in January of 1997, making it over 23 years old. The domain name is currently registered under privacy proxy at Name.com. At the time of publication, Joking.com does not resolve to an active website of any sort.

Facebook Registers Hundreds of CV / COVID Domain Names

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In my morning DomainTools Registrant Alert email, I noticed that Facebook and Instagram registered hundreds of domain names related to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. All of the domain names I noticed on the list of new registrations are related to its brands and branding (Facebook, Instagram, FB, and IG) as opposed to being generic CV-related domain names. DomainTools showed that more than 500 Facebook / Instagram domain names were registered in total.

Here’s a quick look at ten of the newly registered domain names to give an idea of what Facebook decided to register:

Prudential Files UDRP Against PRU.com

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A UDRP has been filed against the valuable 3 letter PRU.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and it is case #D2020-0714. The UDRP was filed by The Prudential Insurance Company of America.

PRU.com was registered over 22 years ago in 1997. The domain name is currently registered under privacy proxy at GoDaddy, so the registrant is not publicly known at this time. When I visited PRU.com this morning, I saw that the domain name resolves to a default GoDaddy landing page. The domain name appears to have been for sale via Sedo at some point in the last several years. I do not see any public sales history for this domain name on NameBio.

GoogleCoronavirus.com Subject of UDRP Filing (Update)

It looks like we have our first Coronavirus-related UDRP filing. It appears that Google has filed a UDRP against the GoogleCoronavirus.com domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), according to UDRPSearch.com. It is case #1888606. Because NAF does not report the name of the complainant until the decision is published, we can only assume the complainant is Google.

NameFind’s LAZ.org Subject of URS Filing (Updated)

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A UDRP URS has been filed against the three letter Laz.org domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF). The UDRP URS was filed last week, and it is case #1887839. Because the UDRP URS was filed at the NAF, the complainant in this UDRP URS will not become publicly known until the decision is published.

LAZ.org was created nearly 20 years ago, in April of 2001. According to current Whois records, the domain name is owned by NameFind, the domain name portfolio company owned and operated by GoDaddy. At the present time,

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