University of Texas Goes After Domain Name

University files arbitration for UniversityOfTexas.com.

The University of Texas System (my alma mater) has filed an arbitration under UDRP to obtain the domain name UniversityofTexas.com. The arbitration was filed with National Arbitration Forum on April 11.

The University of Texas has shown is savvy when it comes to domain names. The official domain name for the UT-Austin campus is UTexas.edu, but The University also owns UTexas.com (which forwards to UTexas.edu). The University was also one of the first to embrace .mobi, launching UTexas.mobi.

According to Compete.com statistics, the domain receives about 2,000 unique visitors per month, with a spike in late August/early September when new students arrive on campus:

The domain’s Alexa rating is about seven million.

The domain is owned by a company called Global Access based in Isle of Man. DomainTools reports that the company owns about 861 domain names. The domain is parked at HitFarm and includes advertising links to “University of Texas at Austin”, “Texas Longhorns”, and “Texas Colleges”.

UniversityofTexas.com
Above: UniversityofTexas.com parking page

Comments

  1. says

    This is a generic domain. University of Texas is like Hospital of New York.

    It is because of cases like this that generics are becoming worthless

  2. says

    University of Texas is the sole property of Texas university as the name itself implies if the person who holds the domain at present has no actual university with the same name in his hold.Otherwise he has to start a virtual university with the name and start issuing certificates using the loopholes of laws at his country.

  3. says

    I have seen many public companies not end up with the domain they wanted because domain names seem to fall under a different catagory as far as trademark/copyright goes in the legal world. This may also include universities. Maybe since they were trying for “UniversityofTexas.com” instead of “.edu”. If that company had the “.edu” version they would probably have to give it up.

    Where is the Isle of Man.? If it is the one near the UK they probably registered over there (outside the US) to prevent or hinder legal battles.

  4. Andrew says

    Registering outside of the U.S. may save you from a cybersquatting lawsuit, but doesn’t let you out of UDRP.

    My guess is University of Texas wins this one.

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