The former owner of the iDancer.com domain name won its UDRP proceeding at the National Arbitration Forum. I think the decision is worth a read, especially for people who participate in expired/expiring domain name auctions.
According to NameBio, iDancer.com was won at a DropCatch.com auction in August. The high bid was $390. From my perspective, iDancer.com seems like it could be a descriptive domain name like so many other e- and i- domain names that have keywords following them. When I read the decision, I learned that the “IDANCER” term is actually trademarked in the US.
The company that owns the trademark previously owned the iDancer.com domain name. Due to some sort of error discussed in the decision, the domain name registration lapsed, and DropCatch.com caught it. The current registrant won the domain name, and after rebuffing the previous owner’s effort to get the domain name back, a UDRP was filed.
The complainant won the UDRP, despite the fact that the respondent responded to the UDRP. Personally, I don’t agree with the decision because even though “iDancer” is a trademarked term, it seems like there could be a legitimate way to use the domain name without violating the trademark. The owner had just taken possession of the domain name shortly after the UDRP was filed. I have plenty of domain names my company acquired and wants to build but have not had time to do so.
I can commiserate a bit with the former owner of the domain name. Assuming there were issues beyond the owner’s control that caused the domain name to expire, I am sure it is anxiety provoking to lose control of an important domain name. That being said, it is the domain name owner’s responsibility to ensure the registration does not lapse. It is unfortunate that the person who paid $390 for the domain name at auction is out the domain name and the funds he paid to acquire it.
If you are interested in reading the decision, you can read it at UDRPSearch.com.