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.Radio contention set resolved and .art still up in the air.
European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has won the contention set for .Radio after prevailing in a Community Priority Evaluation (CPE) for the string.
That means Donuts, Afilias and BRS Media (with Minds + Machines as the back end) are out of the running for the .radio top level domain name.
EBU scored 14 points out of a possible 16. 14 points are required in order to prevail.
It scored 3 out of 4 on Community Establishment and Nexus between String and Community, and 4 out of 4 on Registration Policies and Community Endorsement.
Two other CPE decisions were published today. eFlux Art, LLC and Dadotart, Inc lost their evaluations for .art. Each party scored just 7 points out of 16.
.Art is one of the most contested applications with 10 applicants. That should be a fun auction.
“Baseless” complaint was a “foolish waste of time”.
Three related hair care products companies have been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking after trying to steal the domain name Verb.com through a UDRP.
Verb Products Inc., Verb Hair Products Canada Inc., and Moroccanoil Israel Ltd. filed the complaint with the assistance of law firm Conkle, Kremer & Engel, PLC.
The three person WIPO panel that heard the case said it agreed with the first statement in domain name owner Richard Bloxham’s response, which read:
This Proceeding is a foolish waste of time involving a dictionary word in which the Respondent has a decade of seniority over the Complainant’s junior claim in hair care products.
That quote came courtesy of Bloxham’s attorney, John Berryhill. …Click here to continue reading
Domain theft, a cancelled Sedo sale and Spain’s national soccer league.
Liga de Fútbol Profesional, the Spanish soccer league with 42 teams, has lost a UDRP over the domain name LaLiga.com.
“La Liga” translates to the dictionary term “league”, but the WIPO panelist who heard the case agreed that the term had acquired secondary meaning. The soccer league has multiple trademarks on the term.
Indeed, LaLiga.com was clearly created with the league in mind. It was set up as a fan site.
Pretty standard stuff so far. But this case is gets a bit interesting …Click here to continue reading
Case contradicts prior rulings involving the same complainant, but the panelist in the other cases probably got it wrong.
Clearwater Systems of Akron, Ohio, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking.
It’s a decision that might make the company scratch its head in light of two recent victories using UDRP.
Companies question result of panel decision that eliminated them from competition for .hotel domain name.
Six companies that saw their bids for the .hotel domain name die as a result of a Community Priority Evaluation decision in favor of HOTEL Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.l have asked ICANN for information regarding the decision.
The applicants filed a Document Information Disclosure Policy Request (DIDP) with ICANN on August 4. The DIDP requests resumes for people that served on the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) panel, as well as communications between the panel and ICANN and HOTEL Top-Level-Domain S.a.r.l.
The DIDP was signed by representatives of Donuts, Fairwinds, Fegistry, Famous Four Media, Minds + Machines and Radix.
ICANN has rebuffed the request (pdf), noting that EIU was contracted as a third party and that ICANN doesn’t have information about the specific panelists on the .hotel case. It declined to release other requested information on the grounds that it would violate non-disclosure provisions in the contract between ICANN and EIU.