It looks like Kanye West and Mascotte Holdings, Inc. have filed a UDRP at the World Intellectual Property Organization to try and gain control of the Yandhi.com domain name. The UDRP is WIPO case #D2018-2788.
From what I understand, Yandhi is the title of Kanye’s next album, which has apparently been delayed a couple of times. Yandhi will be a follow up to his hit album, Yeezus (West Brands LLC owns but does not use Yeezus.com). The Yandhi name was announced in a Kanye West tweet this past September:
— ye (@kanyewest) September 17, 2018
The Yandhi.com domain name was registered on September 16, 2018. Because the domain name was registered under Whois privacy, the registrant of Yandhi.com is currently unknown. When I visited Yandhi.com to see how it was being used this morning, I was forward to an image on NASA’s governmental website.
From what I can tell, this appears to be West’s first UDRP filing. Even though the domain name does not appear to be monetized, listed for sale, or used in a confusing manner, my guess is that West will prevail in the UDRP. Had the domain name been registered years prior to West’s planned usage of the Yandhi term, it would be a different story. We shall see what happens.
Updated: UDRPSearch.com shows that this UDRP was terminated, so no more details will be provided.