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DME.com Subject of UDRP Filing

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A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the valuable DME.com three letter .com domain name. The  filing can be seen at UDRPSearch.com, and it is case #1759818.

DME.com was created in June of 2001, making the domain name 16 years old. The registrant of the domain name is listed as DME Online Services, Ltd., so it would make sense that it owns the matching DME.com domain name. Using DomainTools' Whois history tool, I can see that the same registrant has owned DME.com since at least June of 2007 (over 10 years). When I visited DME.com this morning, I was forwarded to a landing page with pay per click advertising.

As a three letter .com (LLL.com) domain name, DME.com is quite valuable. DomainIQ pegs its value at (more…) → Read More


Change.org Petition Fighting UDRP has 130k+ Signatures

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A domain name registrant started a popular petition on Change.org targeting a UDRP filed by Disney. Apparently, the operators of a website called Club Penguin Rewritten have come under scrutiny from Disney for using the company's Club Penguin trademark within its domain name. The UDRP was filed against the ClubPenguinRewritten.pw domain name at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF).

To date, the petition has over 130,500 signatures, and the petition's goal is to get 150,000 signatures. That is a lot of signatures.

According to the Change.org petition page, here's what Club Penguin Rewritten does: (more…) → Read More


IMI.com UDRP Decision is Stunning

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A UDRP was filed against the IMI.com domain name a little over a month ago. The decision was just published on the NAF website, and I am shocked that it went in favor of the complainant, despite the fact the respondent did not file a response to the UDRP.

The complainant in the UDRP is a company called Irving Materials, Inc. I had never heard of the company before I saw the UDRP filing, but their logo has "IMI" in it and the company was one of the top 10 or so results for IMI. I can see why this company would want the domain name, but I don't agree with the decision that was rendered.

Although the respondent did not file a response, I think the publicly available Whois information makes it clear why it owns the IMI.com domain name (note the admin organization name, Internet Marketing, Inc.). This has been the case since at least 2000, according to the Whois History tool at DomainTools. I wouldn't necessarily expect the panelist to use an account at DomainTools to see how long it has been registered to the registrant, but the → Read More


IMI.com Subject of UDRP (Updated)

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A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the valuable IMI.com domain name. The  filing can be seen at UDRPSearch.com, and it is case #1753342.

IMI.com was created in March of 1994. The domain name is currently registered to a California-based company. Using the DomainTools Whois History Tool, I can see Whois records since 2000. The email address on the earliest record in 2000 matches the email address of the current registrant, so the registrant has had it for at least 17 years.

When I visited IMI.com, I was taken to a website that says "Internet Marketing Inc a PartnerVision venture" in the header. Obviously IMI is short for Internet Marketing Inc. Below this, there is a notice that says the website moved to PartnerVision.org. Below this are helpful links "for other IMI Companies."

Interestingly, there is a page within the website that says the IMI.com and IMI.info domain names are for sale. There is absolutely nothing wrong with selling valuable domain names like IMI.com (just ask a publicly → Read More


Two Letter KF.org Subject of UDRP (Updated)

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A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the two letter domain name, KF.org. The  filing can be seen at UDRPSearch.com, and it is case #1749586.

KF.org was originally registered in June of 1999, making the domain name 18 years old. The registrant of KF.org appears to be an individual in Germany. Using DomainTools' Whois History tool, I was able to see that the same registrant has had KF.org since at least 2003. There aren't any historical records prior to 2003, so it is quite possible that this same registrant has owned KF.org for even longer than that.

When I visited KF.org, I saw a message in German that translates to "This is the default index page of your web." I do not see any type of monetization of the domain name, nor do I see a contact form. Archive.org records show the same message on the landing page for quite some time.

It is not very often that you see a UDRP filed against a two letter domain name, especially in one of the (more…) → Read More


Starr.com: 1991 Registration, Subject of UDRP (Updated)

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A UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) against the Starr.com domain name. The  filing can be seen at UDRPSearch.com, and it is case #1743189.

Starr.com has been registered for over 25 years. It was created in November of 1991, and it has not expired since that time. I don't regularly see domain names this old, let alone seeing a UDRP filed against a domain name that has existed for so long.

Starr.com has had Whois privacy on it for over ten years. Because of the UDRP filing, I was able to see the name of the current domain registrant. Using the Whois History Tool at DomainTools, I was able to see that the registrant has been the same since at least December of 2004. I am not sure if the current registrant is connected to the former owner from pre-2004.

If you visit Starr.com right now, you can see what appears to be a default Network Solutions landing page with PPC links. Beyond my recognition of the landing page design, the "Worldnic" nameservers would seem to indicate that this is a Network Solutions → Read More


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