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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 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


UDRP Filed Against WashingtonJournal.com (Updated)

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In May, I wrote about Mike Mann's sale of WashingtonJournal.com for $75,000. It was notable because Mike had reportedly acquired the domain name for just $350, and the ROI was outstanding.

According to UDRPSearch.com, a UDRP was just filed against WashingtonJournal.com. The UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), and it is case #1741966. Because the UDRP was filed at NAF, the complainant in the UDRP is not known and will not be reported until the decision is rendered.

I did a Google search for "Washington Journal" to see if I could find out who might have filed the UDRP. It looks like C-Span has a program called "Washington Journal," so perhaps they filed the UDRP for this domain name. This is a complete guess though since the first few Google results I saw are in reference to that.

It looks like WashingtonJournal.com is already being (more…) → Read More


Rufino.com UDRP: Parking is “Passive?”

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I want to share an excerpt from a concerning UDRP decision involving the Rufino.com domain name. The UDRP was filed at the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) by Constellation Brands, Inc. (which owns a subsidiary called Ruffino). The three-person panel ruled in favor of the complainant in this UDRP, and the domain name will be transferred unless the domain owner opts to litigate.

What stood out to me in the decision is the section covering Rights or Legitimate Interests in the domain name. From what I am reading, it looks like the complainant argues that domain name parking is passive usage of the domain name, and it seems like the panel agreed with that. Here are the two paragraphs that concern me most (via UDRPSearch.com):

"Complainant asserts that the parked resolving website is evidence that Respondent lacks rights and legitimate interests in the mark. Parking a website continuously is considered a passive use under the policy and is evidence of a lack of legitimate interests in the domain name. See Herbalife Int'l, Inc. v. → Read More


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