Sex.com Lawsuit: company demands domain name over copyright and trademark claims

Company demands ownership of Sex.com to settle claims of trademark and copyright infringement.

Sex.com is one of the most valuable and storied domain names of all time. A battle over its ownership has resulted in multiple lawsuits, a fugitive hunt and millions of dollars in transactions.

The domain name most recently sold for $13 million in 2010.

Now a lawsuit is demanding transfer (pdf) of the ownership of the domain name based on copyright and trademark claims. Click here to continue reading…

Spamming owners of newly registered domain names

Just one example of spam based on whois records.

We all know that people mine whois databases to sell stuff. It’s incredibly cheap and easy to do these days: compare the zone files, get the new registrations, and then run whois lookups. There are even people selling the entire .com whois database for a few hundred bucks.

This makes it easy for people to spam new domain name registrants and sell them services they don’t need, like search engine submission.

Last week I registered a handful of .com domain names at Uniregistry. Shortly thereafter I received this email: Click here to continue reading…

Cybersquatting lawsuit filed over domain name registered 16 years before plaintiff’s use

Office Space Solutions wants a domain name registered 16 years before it started using the corresponding term in commerce. It’s taking the legal route to get it.

New York company Office Space Solutions, Inc. has filed a cybersquatting lawsuit (pdf) against Jason Kneen of Great Britain over the domain name WorkBetter.com.

Office Space Solutions filed an intent-to-use trademark application for Work Better with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2014. It began using the mark in commerce in February 2015.

Jason Kneen registered WorkBetter.com as early as 1999. Domain Tools’ historical records for this domain only go back to 2001, when Kneen is shown as the registrant.

Now Office Space Solutions wants the domain name for its business. Rather than paying for it, the company has filed a lawsuit under the Anticybersquatting Protection Act. Click here to continue reading…

Wirecard nailed for Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

Big payments company abused UDRP policy to try to get valuable domain name for cheap.

Publicly traded payments company Wirecard AG has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name Boon.com.

The company, which has a market capitalization of 4.37 billion euros, filed a UDRP after failing to acquire the domain name Boon.com for a future payments services brand.

In its complaint, Wirecard mentioned that it has been around since 1999 and had 2013 turnover of about a half billion euros. What it failed to mention, Click here to continue reading…

Cheap domain names are spammers’ favorites

New report shows that spammers love some of the cheap new domain name options.

Spammers churn through a lot of domain names. As soon as deliverability sinks with one, they move on to the next.

That might explain this chart in Architelos’ June NameSentry Abuse Report:

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The bulk of improper use of new top level domain names is spam, and this chart shows which new TLDs are being abused the most.

See a pattern here? All of the big ones are cheap domains. In fact, all of the domains on this chart can be picked up for $2 or less at some registrars (although some only through limited time specials).

If a spammer needs to cycle though 1,000 domains this week, paying $2 per domain vs. $8 makes a bit difference.

You can view the entire NameSentry report here (pdf).