Huffington Post Union of Bloggers loses domain name
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
The man sticks it to group that was trying to stick it to the man.
A group that bills itself as a union for current an former Huffington Post bloggers has lost its main domain name.
Huffington Post Union of Bloggers (HPUB) just lost a dispute brought by Huffington Post parent AOL under the uniform domain name dispute resolution policy (UDRP). Basically, AOL said HPUB was cybersquatting.
While HPUB says it’s a union, it’s site is actually a news site very similar to the Huffington Post.
HPUB made an amusing argument in its defense:
Respondent argues that it is common practice for collectives, labor organizations, labor unions or other non-profit corporations to utilize names that identify the commonality of such individuals. Examples include, the â€œStarbucks Workers Unionâ€ (starbucksunion.org), the â€œNational Football League Players Associationâ€ (nflplayers.com), the â€œNational Basketball Players Associationâ€ (nbpa.org), the â€œNational Hockey League Playersâ€™ Associationâ€ (nhlpa.org), the â€œUS Airline Pilots Associationâ€ (usairlinepilots.org) (US Airways), the â€œMajor League Baseball Players Associationâ€ (mlbplayers.org), and the â€œAmalgamated Transit Unionâ€ (atu.org)
Right. But if the Starbucks Workers Union was opening coffee shops under the Starbucks name, that would be an issue.
HPUB also owns the domain name HPUB.org. But all of its content is hosted at HuffingtonPostUnionofBloggers.org. So it’s going to lose all of its search engine rankings.