July’s Hottest Domain Name Stories

Sex.com, a $50,000 cybersquatting settlement and more.

Legal stuff continued to make headlines in July in the domain biz. ParkingCrew also made things interesting with its acquisition of NameDrive.

Here’s a look back at the top stories on Domain Name Wire last month.

1. Sex.Com lawsuit – company demands domain name over copyright and trademark claims.

2. Work Better Updates – I wrote several posts about the WorkBetter.com cybersquatting lawsuit last month that made the top charts. The owner fought back against the lawsuit and the plaintiff withdrew the suit. Here’s why. I also have a first person account of the case in this podcast.

3. $50,000 penalty for filing frivolous UDRP – Nat Cohen scored a nice settlement after a company filed a UDRP against his three letter domain name.

4. ParkingCrew acquires NameDrive – Consolidation in the domain name parking space continues.

5. WordPress wins another round against Chris Pearson – the Thesis saga continues as WordPress keeps Thesis.com domain name.

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GoDaddy loses first UDRP from Marchex portfolio acquisition

No one responded to the dispute.

GoDaddy has lost its first UDRP from the portfolio it acquired from Marchex in April.

The company didn’t respond to a UDRP filed by Dairyland Midwest, Inc. d/b/a AgVision for the domain name AgVision.com.

When the UDRP was filed last month, World Intellectual Property Organization sent a notice of the dispute to all contacts on the domain name. That included an @archeo.com email address as well as sales@nnamefind.com. Although the latter email address appears to be a typo, it’s also owned by the NameFind subsidiary.

The name was listed for sale for $5,199.

GoDaddy is no stranger to being on the receiving end of UDRPs, but it’s been a while. It lost a bunch of cases when it was running its Standard Tactics company to pick up expiring domains.

A Crazy Cybersquatting Lawsuit with Jason Kneen – DNW Podcast #43

The inside story of a baseless cybersquatting lawsuit.

Domain Name Wire podcastImagine that you’re an app developer who has registered a handful of domain names over the years. One day your twitter feed and phone lights up with people discussing how you’re being sued over one of the domain names you own. That’s exactly what happened to Jason Kneen. A new business starting up in 2014 filed a cybersquatting lawsuit against the domain name WorkBetter.com, which he registered way back in 1999. Jason is on the show today to talk about the experience, and you’ll learn what you can go through if this happens to you.

Also: $50,000 settlement after frivolous UDRP, Stolen domain recovered, Google on new TLDs and Happy Birthday .Co.

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Judge: “You were trying to set him up” in cybersquatting case

Judge rips apart cybersquatting lawsuit.

Want to see what it’s like when someone brings a weak cybersquatting case in front of a judge?

Domain Name Wire has obtained the transcript from a hearing over a motion for preliminary injunction in the WorkBetter.com case.

Office Space Solutions, run by Harsh Mehta, is starting a new business called Work Better. It tried to buy WorkBetter.com from Jason Kneen, who registered the domain name in 1999, last year. Metha then filed a trademark application. Once it was granted, he sued Kneen to get the domain name.

Office Space Solutions also sought a temporary restraining order to prevent Kneen from transferring WorkBetter.com from eNom.

Judge Lewis Kaplan heard arguments for the injunction in court last week. He smelled a bad case from the beginning, and he let the plaintiff’s attorney John Bostany know it. Kaplan started cutting Bostany off before he finished his second sentence in arguments. Click here to continue reading…

This company thinks domain name investing violates U.S. law

Company’s response in WorkBetter.com lawsuit suggests that new businesses should be able to get old domain names.

Last week I wrote about a cybersquatting lawsuit filed against the owner of WorkBetter.com. A new company has sprung up using the descriptive name Work Better, and it wants the 16-year-old .com domain name.

Office Space Solutions asked the court for a temporary restraining order to prevent the domain’s owner, Jason Kneen, from transferring the domain name. Kneen filed a response, and now Office Space Solutions has responded to that (pdf).

It’s clear from reading Office Space Solutions’ response, that it actually believes that owning descriptive, dictionary and generic domain names with the idea of some day selling them to another company or person violates the law. It believes that the 1999 U.S. Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) was created to stop this practice.

Office Space Solutions’ lawyers write: Click here to continue reading…