Military Order of the Purple Heart demands PurpleHeart.com
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
Group chartered by Congress targets domain names.
The Purple Heart is a military decoration given to those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for the U.S. military: being wounded or killed in duty.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart was chartered by Congress in 1958 for recipients of the Purple Heart.
The group, which has a web site at PurpleHeart.org, is now asking World Intellectual Property Organization to award it the domain names PurpleHeart.com and purpleheartcardonation.net in separately filed arbitration cases.
Earlier this year the group filed a complaint for purpleheart-donations.org, but it was terminated when the owner agreed to hand over the domains.
I think this will be an interesting case to watch. I was unaware of The Military Order of the Purple Heart’s exact connection to the Purple Heart. But the group has filed lawsuits in the past.
If the group wins, I would expect it to file many more UDRP cases. A simple search on Google for “Purple Heart” returns a bunch of different domains including the keyword.