Lego Loses First UDRP
Friday, October 21st, 2011
Lego finally loses a UDRP case.
LEGO Juris A/S, makers of the popular legos toy, has filed nearly 300 UDRP cases to date. It hadn’t lost a single one — until now.
In a decision dated October 1 (but for some reason just published this week), a single member panel found against Lego in its case for the domain name legoworkshop.com.
The domain was just registered this year. When Lego looked at the site it still had the registrar’s coming soon page with parking links on it. But the owner of the domain said he registered the domain for his son to display his lego projects and that the parked page was something his registrar created.
The panelist agreed that the respondent had rights or legitimate interests in the domain and that it wasn’t registered in bad faith. The panelist determined that the registrant was creating a non-commercial fan site, and that this is not necessarily forbidden under UDRP.