JudyGarland.com and .net Subject of UDRP

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According to the WIPO UDRP database, a UDRP has been filed against JudyGarland.com and JudyGarland.net. The UDRP was filed by The Trustees of the Judy Garlands Heirs Trust. The case is WIPO Case D2019-0789. Judy Garland was an American actress who died in 1969. I think this UDRP has the potential to be interesting.

When I visited JudyGarland.com, I saw a website that appears to be operated by a Judy Garland fan. Clicking on the “NEW ACQUISITIONS!” link in the sidebar brought me to a page with what appear to be pieces of clothing or stage costumes, possibly worn by Garland. Two of the three headings above the images contain the names of films starring Garland, including Girl Crazy and The Harvey Girls. The third says, “Skirt from TV show 1963, Concerts in 1965 and Academy Awards production 1965!” JudyGarland.net looks like it has a simple registrar-operated landing page in place right now, but it appears to be registered to the same person as the .com domain name.

Using DomainTools’ screenshot tool, it appears that JudyGarland.com has been a developed website for quite some time. There appear to have been several iterations of the website over the years, and it looks like a fan website. I do not see any monetization of the website. In addition, DomainTools Whois History tool shows that the same registrant appears to have had this domain name for well over ten years.

There have been quite a few UDRP filings involving celebrity domain names, some of which have been mentioned in this ResellerClub.com blog post. Like many types of UDRP filings, UDRP panelists have not always awarded a celebrity or its estate the matching domain name. For instance, Bruce Springsteen lost a UDRP for BruceSpringsteen.com many years ago, and he still does not own the domain name. Oftentimes, it comes down to how the domain name is being used, and I am not sure if the Garland Trust is going to win based on what I can see.

I will keep my eye on the UDRP to see how it plays out.

4 COMMENTS

  1. But seriously, what Dorothy discovered at the end of the movie was perfectly like the only thing that has ever been required since day 1 and every day since till now for the American public to be made to know .US even exists to begin with and fan the flames of desire.

  2. I owned both of the domains for many years until a few weeks ago when I transferred to someone else. The Trust is going to have a hard time obtaining them. The Trust is a joke. They have mismanaged JG for many years.

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