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.

Unbiased.com saved in UDRP but no RDNH

UDRP panel is unbiased, finds in favor of domain name owner.

The owner of Unbiased.co.uk has failed to win rights to the Unbiased.com domain name in a UDRP.

Unbiased.co.uk helps people find financial advisers, mortgage brokers, solicitors and accountants. The company filed its cybersquatting claim on the basis of a trademark for unbiased.co.uk.

While panelists Neil Brown, Henrik af Ursin and Paul M. DeCicco found against Unbiased.co.uk in the case, they declined to find the company to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking.

The big strike against the domain name owner was that links on the parked domain name relate to finding financial advisers. The panel determined that, despite these links, it is mostly likely that the domain name was acquired because of the domain’s value as a generic domain name.

If it weren’t for the financial links, it wouldn’t surprise me if the panel agreed that this was a case of reverse domain name hijacking.

Ari Goldberger of ESQwire represented the respondent.

E-Renter.com nailed for reverse domain name hijacking

Background check company filed complaint in abuse of cybersquatting policy.

e-Renter.com

A background check on this company won’t come back clean anymore.

E-Renter USA Ltd, which operates a background screening site for renters at E-Renter.com, has been found to have engaged in reverse domain name hijacking over the domain name ERenter.com.

The company filed a UDRP with World Intellectual Property Organization against Kevin Ham’s Vertical Axis.

The owner of the background check company registered the domain name in 1999, but apparently didn’t use it for the business until many years later. The first use was after Vertical Axis registered the domain name. Click here to continue reading…

American Automobile Association loses cybersquatting case against locksmith

Group went after locksmith in Naples who uses the business name AAA Locksmith.

AAAAmerican Automobile Association (AAA) has lost a cybersquatting claim against a Florida locksmith who uses the brand AAA Locksmith.

Adam Cooper uses the domain name AAALocksmithNaples.com for his business, and AAA filed a UDRP with World Intellectual Property Organization to take his web address.

The panel agreed that AAA is commonly used in business names and that American Automobile Association did not show that Cooper lacked rights or legitimate interests in the domain name. The panel also determined that the domain name was not registered or used in bad faith.

Cooper represented himself in the case. Unfortunately for him, AAA is known for turning to the courts when it doesn’t get its way in a UDRP. In 2009 it lost a UDRP for aaa.net but subsequently won it in a court decision.

AAA has used UDRP to recover ridiculous domain names such as aaaerotica.com, aaanudes.com, and aaablondes.com.