It’s been a little while since I reported on a UDRP filing involving a valuable three letter .com domain name. I noticed a UDRP was just filed against SSC.com at the World Intellectual Property Organization. The UDRP is WIPO Case D2018-2422.
SSC.com was created in July of 1989, making it nearly 30 years old and one of the oldest domain names in existence. From what I can see using the DomainTools Whois History tool, the domain appears to have been registered to an entity in China since 2013. The domain name appears to have been registered under privacy protection, which may have been lifted as a result of the UDRP filing. The current registrant appears to be based in China.
When I visited SSC.com today, the domain name did not resolve, and I received this error message “ssc.com’s server IP address could not be found.” In fact, Google suggested another SSC related website, but not the complainant’s: “Did you mean http://ssc.edu/?” A search of Archive.org and Screenshots.com does not yield any results since 2013, so it does not appear as if the domain name had any advertising or anything that could indicate it is for sale.
According to NameBio, SSC.com sold for $50,299 on March 15, 2013. The domain name was sold via auction at NameJet.
The complainant in this UDRP is listed as Service Spring Corp. The company’s website uses the exact match ServiceSpringCorp.com domain name, and the company does use “SSC” for its logo and the website has quite a few mentions of SSC throughout. Interestingly, on its “terms” page, the company refers to itself as “Service Spring” rather than SSC.
When I did a Google search for “SSC,” this company was not listed in the top 100 results for me. Quite a few other entities were listed, including these ten:
- Seven Stars Cloud Group Inc. (Has the SSC ticker symbol on NASDAQ
- Staff Selection Commission.
- SSC Venture Partners
- South Shore Conservatory
- SSC Services for Education
- Spitzer Science Center
- SSC Digital Network
- Statistical Society of Canada
- Simons Simplex Collection
- Scientific and Standardization Committee
Unless I am missing something, I think the complainant is going to have a tough time winning the UDRP for this valuable LLL.com domain name. There are a whole lot of companies and organizations that are also called SSC (or have the SSC abbreviation/acronym) and would seem to have a similar interest in getting this domain name. I also don’t see anything to indicate that the SSC.com domain name was registered and used in bad faith, which is necessary to prevail in a UDRP. As readers know, three letter .com domain names are hold substantial value, partly because there are generally many uses for them and many entities that would love to own them.
Update: UDRP complaint was denied. It does not look like the panel considered Reverse Domain Name Hijacking.