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MYS.com Subject of UDRP at WIPO

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A UDRP was filed against the high value MYS.com domain name at the World Intellectual Property Organization. The UDRP was filed at WIPO within the last week or so, and it is WIPO Case D2020-1004.

The MYS.com domain name was created in November of 1996, making it 23 years old. The domain name is registered to a Chinese domain registrant. It looks like it has been owned by that registrant for several years. Before that, MYS.com had been owned by a US-based domain investor for quite some time.

UDRP Panel: Investing is a “bona fide offering of goods or services”

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A company filed a UDRP against Enpowered.com at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and the three member panel ruled in favor of the registrant. The domain name has been owned by a domain investor, and the investor was represented in the UDRP by attorney Zak Muscovitch.

Although the panel did not rule that the filing was a case of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking (RDNH), I think there is a notable excerpt from the UDRP that may be helpful to domain investors responding to future UDRP filings:

Gen.com Subject of UDRP

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A UDRP was filed against the high value Gen.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This UDRP is WIPO case #D2020-0811. I spotted the UDRP filing on UDRPSearch.com.

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 (Update)

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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:

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